Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"The Call": Surprisingly Good Thriller

Last night I went to see the suspense/thriller, “The Call”, which starred Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.  It was directed by Brad Anderson, and a lot of reviewers pronounced it to be high-concept.  The film follows Jordan Turner (Halle Berry), who is a 911 operator.  On one of her shifts, she receives a call from a frantic teenage girl whose house has been invaded by a serial killer.  Jordan's clever instructions allow Leah to escape the killer, but when the call disconnects, Jordan redials the number which alerts the killer.  This mistake costs the girls life, and she is found dead several days later.  After this traumatic event, Jordan explains to her boyfriend that she can no longer field 911 calls.

Six months later, Jordan is now a trainer for 911 operations.  This is when a rookie operator receives a call from teenager, Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin).  She was kidnapped in a mall parking lot and shoved into the trunk of a car.  Casey is obviously distraught and fearing her impending murder.  The rookie operator is inexperienced and clearly cannot handle the situation, so this is when Jordan takes over the call.  Jordan soon realizes through the call that the man who kidnapped Casey, is the same man who murdered the other girl 6 months prior.  Jordan is forced to confront the killer from her past in order to save Casey’s life. 

“The Call” was expected to earn about $11-12 million on its opening weekend, but surpassed this by a significant margin and grossed $17 million in its first three days.  The Call” has received mixed reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 81 reviews with the consensus: "The Call builds plenty of suspense before taking a problematic turn in the third act”.  I have to agree with this unanimity.  I found the film to be extremely thrilling, but I was unhappy with how quick and short the end of the movie was.  I felt as though there could have been a better way to finish out the movie.  That being said, I thought that Abigail Breslin gave a tremendous performance, and she really made the audience sympathize, and fear for her situation. 

It’s not an Oscar winning film, but if you’re looking to be creeped out, and kept clinging to the edge of your seat—then I recommend you go see this flick.

As always, here is a trailer for the movie, along with Halle Berry's interview for the call.



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