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The hardest part of being a 911 operator, one dispatcher tells us, is that “You don’t know how it ends”. That sense of helplessness is effectively extracted in The Call, the latest thriller from well-versed director Brad Anderson. However, not knowing how this one ends may be preferable to watching it fall apart in its final minutes.
Halle Berry plays Jordan, a veteran 911 operator who is left traumatised after her actions inadvertently lead to the abduction and death of a young girl. Months after her ordeal, Jordan is now teaching new operators as opposed to being on the frontline. However, on a routine demonstration she finds herself picking up a call from distressed teenager Casey (Abigail Breslin) who has been kidnapped and is trapped in the boot of a serial killer’s car.
On the face of it the plot holds little appeal, but The Call quickly grabs the viewer »
- Amon Warmann
The Call starts off with great potential, but the tension is wasted as the film loses its focus towards the end. Instead of an ending filled with suspense, the film drifts into an ending so absurd and unbelievable it feels like it belongs in a bad comedy. Directed by Brad Anderson (2004.s incredible The Machinist) from a screenplay by Richard D'Ovidio (who wrote the story with Nicole D'Ovidio and Jon Bokenkamp), The Call stars Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, David Otunga, Michael Imperioli (who is completely wasted in the film), Justina Machado, José Zúñiga, Roma Maffia, Evie Thompson, and Denise Dowse. The film opens with veteran Lapd 9-1-1 operator Jordan Turner (Berry) taking a variety of »
- Patrick Luce
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“The Call,” which opens on March 15, 2013 and is rated “R,” also stars Abigail Breslin, Evie Thompson, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, David Otunga, Michael Imperioli, Justina Machado, José Zúñiga, Roma Maffia, Evie Thompson, Denise Dowse, Ella Rae Peck, Jenna Lamia and Ross Gallo from director Brad Anderson and writer Richard D’Ovidio.
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3 items from 2013
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