Celda 211 (7/10)

Cell 211

To survive inside, he has to become one of them.


The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Title Cell 211
Director Daniel Monzón
Director of Photography
Runtime 1 h 50 min
Release Date 6 November 2009
Tagline To survive inside, he has to become one of them.
IMDb Id tt1242422

A solid Spanish prison drama. The storyline may not be exceptionally original, but it delivers the premise needed for the actors to do their work: the acting is good and keeps you engaged all the way through.

There are some caricature prisoners (many of the extras were actual convicts rather than actors) but that doesn’t spoil the story or the overall experience.

With a number of fairly savage scenes, the style is clearly different from typical Hollywood fare, and the blurred lines between good or bad, and hero or victim make for an interesting watch.

And a side benefit: I don’t speak Spanish, but this movie let me brush up my Spanish swearing skills.

It got 8 Goyas (the ‘Spanish Oscars’) in 2009 and a Hollywood remake is supposedly in the works (Cell 211), but no actor details or anticipated release date have been announced yet.


  • Does it have a hook? Yes.
  • Is it entertaining? Yes.
  • Should you watch it? Yes.



Celda 211 (7/10)
0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

Share this post Leave a comment

About The Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.