Film | The Call – Review

The Call
The Call (2013)

Plot – When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realises that she must confront a killer from her past to save the girl’s life – The Call.

Director – Brad Anderson

Starring – Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

Genre – Crime | Drama | Thriller

Released – 2013

The Call is a strange film, overcoming a weak script, to provide me with a thriller that had on the edge of my seat. Most of the credit for this must go to Director Brad Anderson. I greatly enjoyed his use of extreme close-ups, popping up throughout the movie to highlight emotions through facial expressions, helping you to become invested with the story and care for the characters despite little to no development.

But the most impressive was how he took some predictable source material filled with cliches and found a way to build-up enough intrigue and suspense to overcome the film’s weaknesses. The only downside being an ending, which swayed a little too much towards horror and felt at odds with the rest of the film.

Halle Berry in The Call (2013)
Abigail Breslin in The Call (2013)

Another of the principal reasons I liked this film so much was the terrific performances throughout, led by the terrific Halle Berry, Who quickly reminded me how skilled an actress she can be, easily making the role of top 911 operator her own and providing a powerful performance. It’s a shame her career has dipped since the god awful Catwoman. Abigail Breslin also provided convincing performance as the victim of an abduction, coming along way since Little Miss Sunshine and Zombieland.

Morris Chestnut in The Call (2013)
Halle Berry in The Call (2013)

Thanks to Berry’s performance, they draw us into the story and since most of the plot plays out over the course of one day, we can forgive the lack of character development, focusing more on action set pieces.

The Call also benefits from suspenseful moments, although this tension gets interrupted rather annoyingly by maddening moments where screenwriters wanted to pad out the film with a sub-plot love interest played by Morris Chestnut and like I mentioned earlier, the film is full of flaws and cliches that you will have seen done better elsewhere, but somehow the film finds a way to remain engaging and exciting to watch.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you liked: Amber Alert, Se7en, Buried


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