The Call (2013)

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The Call (2013)
  • Time: 94 min
  • Genre: Crime | Thriller
  • Director: Brad Anderson
  • Cast: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

Storyline:

Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) is an experienced 911 operator but when she makes an error in judgment and a call ends badly, Jordan is rattled and unsure if she can continue. But then teenager Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin) is abducted in the back of a man’s car and calls 911. And Jordan is the one called upon to use all of her experience, insights and quick thinking to help Casey escape, and not just to save Casey, but to make sure the man is brought to justice.

3 reviews

  • I was pretty entertained throughout the movie, Abigail Breslin did an amazing job as the victim and stood out as the star of the film to me. Michael Eklund as the villain, which is typecast as quite often, was good, I think he played the part fairly well in this movie as well. Halle Berry, well, I just don’t find her as too much of an entertaining actress, she’s much more of a eye candy actress, as opposed to a leading lady (i.e. “Swordfish”, “The Last Boy Scout”, “The Flintstones” etc). That being said she did an okay job at the role. The end, without giving away anything, was really quite disappointing, it was unrealistic to me and just didn’t fit the movie in my opinion. All in all, this movie, with a better ending is definitely worth a watch, the plot is thought through and, like I said before, with the exception of the ending, is really good.

  • This is one of these movies that makes you close your eyes for a second. From the early beginning to the end, It was so intensive and stressful.

    It’s unnecessary to say that Halle Berry is an awesome actress and this film proves it! The other actors were fascinating as well and the police officers, who didn’t do anything special, were amazing!

    The plot is unbelievably good. It is just a reflection of our reality. “The Call” is an enlightening movie and you definitely have to watch it! There is no down time and at no point does the movie get slow as many thrillers do. One thing is for sure, You wont be able to take a potty break!

    I don’t recommend this film for kids under 16 because the aggression and the pressure are on very high level. There are also scenes with a lot of blood and limbs. Very fierce murders with unusual guns.

    Overall, I gotta say “The Call” exceeded my expectations. This movie is exactly what it was intended to be!


  • “And don’t make promises… cause you know you can’t keep’em.”

    An intense thriller that had my complete attention almost to the end . The basic idea is quite original. A kidnapped teenager, Casey (Abigail Breslin) , calls 911 while being kidnapped out of the trunk of a car. The person at the call center who tries to help her through is Jordan ( Halle Berry ) . Six months earlier, she had a traumatic experience with a bad interpretation of a critical situation , which caused the death of another teen girl.

    Everything a decent thriller needs is in this movie . But unfortunately also the well-known cliches and improbabilities which quickly get on my nerves . Halle B. acts in a convincing way and shows in a realistic way how nerve-wracking it is to work at a 911 call center. You can feel the pressure and stress throughout the complete movie . The first thing I was annoyed about was the speed at which she got over her panic attack and had control over the situation. She seems to be a tough lady when it comes to emotions.

    Breslin also played very convincingly the victim . A teenager who’s completely in a panic and starts to cry hysterically, but in the end, thanks to the coolness of the operator, can calm down . The second victim joining her in the trunk isn’t that cold-blooded and starts to shout like an adolescent. Second point of annoyance .

    Eklund is the super sick and deranged serial killer Michael Foster who apparently has an intense grief over his sister death. He looks as crazy as in ” The Divide ” .

    A thriller fails in my eyes when there are multiple situations where my response sounds like : “How stupid can you be… ” . And there were enough situations like that . Why not keep a pot of paint ready to hurl it in his face as soon as he opens the trunk ? I would have rammed that Screwdriver up his throat as soon as he leaned over me . And apparently he wasn’t that bright after all, leaving such material in his trunk after several. The old man at the gas station was pretty stupid to use a utility knife to attack Foster. Couldn’t Casey do more effort in trying to crawl out of the trunk while Foster was busy ? Who couldn’t predict the cellphone would slip out of her hand? Why not get the mobile phone first , make a phone call and then go exploring ? Why do we always get that situation where the psychopath is first beaten , and then all of a sudden appears behind the victims ? I would definitely smash the guy’s brains with a fire extinguisher or so. I know this extremely important to keep it exciting and so the protagonist may end up as heroine.

    The end was a real anti-climax and totally unbelievable . Casey shows up out of the blue and the police leaves it that way without starting an investigation ? I’d never ever sleep again. Before you know it that sick bastard pops up besides my bed again !
    All in all, a film full of suspense. It’s only a pity that it’s such an annoying end.

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