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The Caller (2008)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 13 February 2009 (USA)
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An energy business exec is assisted by a private investigator in his effort to expose his corporation's corrupt practices.

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Axel Feldmann ...
Grégory Ravary Ellis ...
Lulu (as Grégory Ellis)
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Young Jimmy's Father
Marion Servole ...
Young Jimmy's Mother
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Jimmy
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Limo Driver
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John Pierce (as Edward Hyland)
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Paul Wainsail
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Jack Cross
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Turlotte
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Teddy
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Jeff
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Sammy
Anabel Sosa ...
Lila
Helen Stenborg ...
Jimmy's Mother
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France 1944: during an aerial bombardment, two boys are separated from their parents; the older one helps the younger. Jump ahead to contemporary Manhattan where chief financial officer Jimmy Stevens punishes his company's murderous practices in Third World countries by setting up its stock release to fail. He knows they'll kill him in retaliation; he asks for two weeks. By telephone, using a voice disguising device, he hires a private detective, Frank Turlotte, to watch ... Jimmy. What's going on? Jimmy goes to the park where he reads a book and talks to children; he visits his aged mother. Frank observes it all. The two-week deadline approaches. What's Jimmy's game? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When you can't control your life, control your death See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violent images | See all certifications »
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On the Hook  »

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The silent movie playing on the TV is _Nosferatu (1922)_. See more »

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The device Mr. Stevens plugs into his phone to morph his voice when talking to Frank is actually a power adapter for the iGo charger. See more »

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Features Nosferatu (1922) See more »

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A Self-Indulgent and Over-Processed Exercise to Nowhere
4 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is not about corporate scandal, suspense or mystery; all those elements were simply the vehicle to get to the point: Death & how one deals with inevitable death. The story is extremely contrived and overly elaborate, which became dull and frustrating because every single character, item or action is just a device to metaphor.

At the end, the plot really isn't important nor the characters because the film intentionally presents every one as a wooden puppet without the slightest emotion or expression (The golden rule of filming art: do not smile, remain expressionless, and add bleak).

It ends as you expect it to: The same death metaphor and the same dreadful indictment against the capitalistic brutalities in every other film.


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