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*here be spoilers. Director/writer: Pål Sletaune. Cast: Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, Vetle Qvenild Werring, and Stig R. Amdam. The Monitor is a Norwegian film that released in the United States July 25th on DVD. In the United Kingdom, this film is called the gentler Babycall. The film itself is a strange tale of a woman recovering from family tragedy. This sums up the central plot. However, there is a strong sub-plot that acts much like a ghost story. Both tales come together through themes of abuse with the film's ending adding some initial confusion. The story centrally follows Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) as Anna. On the surface, she appears as a single mom protecting her son from an abusive father. She uses a baby monitor to eavesdrop on him. There is something more here, though. Without giving too much away, Anna is suffering from loneliness and something else. She reaches »
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The Monitor / Babycall Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This The Monitor / Babycall DVD contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates The Monitor / Babycall‘s release on DVD on July 24, 2012. Pål Sletaune‘s The Monitor / Babycall stars Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, and Henrik Rafaelsen. Babycall‘ plot synopsis: ”Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
This week: Elizabeth Olsen plays a young woman who helps her father and uncle prepare their boarded-up summer home only to become trapped inside with a killer in "Silent House," a low-budget horror movie originally said to be shot in one long, continuous take.
Also new this week is the romantic drama "The Deep Blue Sea" with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston, the supernatural thriller "Monitor" with Noomi Rapace and the Blu-ray debut of 1996's "The Island of Dr. Moreau" starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer.
Box Office: $13 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 41% Rotten
Storyline: Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of the Olsen twins, plays a young woman, Sarah, who is helping her father and uncle clean out their secluded, boarded-up summer home in preparation for a renovation. After her uncle takes off to the nearest town, Sarah discovers her father badly injured upstairs and realizes to her »
- Robert DeSalvo
Director: Pal Sletaune. Review: Adam Wing. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes) is certainly getting around a bit these days, and despite a move to all things Hollywood, it was her captivating breakout in the ‘Millennium Series’ trilogy that people will remember her for. Two years after she made a permanent impression as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Rapace took on the role of Anna, in Pål Sletaune’s Norwegian thriller, Babycall. Anna is a single mother given state protection following an abusive relationship. Terrified her ex will come back to find her and their son, Anders, she buys a baby monitor to keep track of him. In a scenario straight out of the latest Scandinavian horror movie, the monitor starts to pick up distressed noises from a child in another apartment and an innocent drawing by her son appears on the fridge stained with blood. »
Once upon a time, in the days before The Simpsons, adults and children alike were enchanted by the surprisingly satirical antics of The Muppets on both the small and big screen. Combining splendidly simple puppetry with razor-sharp wit and instantly hummable tunes, the Muppets' programmes and movies formed an instant connection with the mischievous anarchist that lurks within. Yet, like all good things, the magic came to an end – until, that is, co-writer and star Jason Segel made it his mission to breathe new life into Jim Henson's finest creations.
While such nostalgic series reboots have in the past proved decidedly iffy fare, two elements raise The Muppets (2011, Disney, U) above the level of the usual reanimated, long-dormant franchise fodder. First, Segel has managed to address the perceived obsolescence of his childhood heroes in a script »
- Mark Kermode
Thanks to its unfortunate title and the fact that its marketed as a straight-forward thriller, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Babycall is simply a Rear Window knockoff with baby monitors -- the film that Noomi Rapace will disown in interviews after Prometheus makes her a huge star in the U.S. However, it's far more intriguing, effective and ambitious than anything of that sort, and ultimately, because of how good parts of it are, it's a bit more disappointing too. Here's the high concept pitch: A woman buys a baby monitor (that's "babycall" in Norwegian) and discovers that it receives snippets of transmissions from another apartment using the same model of device. Those transmissions mostly consist of someone screaming in terror and begging for their »
After she completed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and before Prometheus, Noomi Rapace tackled a supernatural thriller called Babycall. That film is being re-titled for its U.S. release to The Monitor and it's coming to DVD July 24th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
After escaping an abusive husband, Anna (Rapace) and her 8-year-old son move far away to a secret location. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son’s room at all times - but she soon discovers strange noises echoing through the monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered, she fears the worst – that it’s her own son. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped, Anna will need to figure out what’s real and what isn’t before she loses her sanity and her child. »
Lionsgate is set to release the long talked about flick Babycall, starring Prometheus' Noomi Rapace, under the title The Monitor; and we've got all the details you need to mark off your calendars ready and waiting for ya!
From the Press Release
Watch the lengths a mother will go to protect her son as Lionsgate debuts The Monitor (formerly Babycall) on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand July 24. This psychological thriller stars Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), winner for best actress for her role in The Monitor at the Rome Film Festival in 2011; Kristoffer Joner (King of Devil’s Island); and Henrik Rafaelsen (Happy Happy). Eerie and suspenseful, The Monitor DVD includes deleted scenes.
After escaping an abusive husband, Anna (Rapace) and her 8-year-old son move far away to a secret location. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor »
- Uncle Creepy
If you’re a UK fan of tense, creepy horror thrillers, then pencil this in to ya viewing list right now. Pål Sletaune’s Norwegian scare flick Babycall - starring Noomi Rapace of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ fame - is set for release on UK DVD...June 4th. Synopsis: Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building … Does this new friend know anything about the murder? And why is Anders’ drawing stained with blood? »
The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (U)
Aardman sets sail on seas of clay, in what feels more like an animated Blackadder than Pirates Of The Caribbean. Grant's inept rogue is good company, falling foul (or rather fowl) of Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin in a nonsensical, if inconsequential, romp that's lifted, as usual, by Aardman's eccentric details and fine craftsmanship.
Into The Abyss (12A)
(Werner Herzog, 2011, Us/UK/Ger) 107 mins
Herzog studies a Texas homicide from all angles, building less a polemic against the death penalty than a humane survey of death and loss.
Panahi boldly defies his own house arrest by "not making" a film within his apartment, the confinement provoking a profound questioning of cinema itself.
Wrath Of The Titans (12A)
- Steve Rose
There wasn’t a whole lot on offer last week with Hunger Games unequivocally eclipsing all the other releases. It’s received fairly unanimously positive reviews and looks like being the first box-office smash of the summer. Meanwhile both The Kid With a Bike and Wild Bill have received their own fair share of plaudits and would appear to be well worth seeking out.
This time out though there’s a wide range of releases hitting the screens ranging from big-budget mythological blockbuster and animated piracy adventure to hard-hitting prison documentary and a ghastly looking vampire spoof.
If you want to check to see if any of these films are playing near you, you can visit Find Any Film and they’ll be able to help.
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- Rob Keeling
Noomi Rapace is wasted in this muddled thriller which can't deliver on its what's-that-on-the-baby-alarm? premise
An intriguing premise, and a potent performance from the original "girl with the dragon tattoo" are squandered in this disappointing, incoherent thriller from Norwegian director Pål Sletaune. Noomi Rapace is Anna, relocated by social services to an anonymous flat with her son to escape a violent husband. Nervy, traumatised Anna insists on buying an infants' listening device so that she can listen to her son sleeping in the next room. But then the Babycall starts picking up disturbing screams from another flat in the block. It's a great idea for a thriller – but then other plotlines get muddled in, and everything unravels into a cop-out. However Rapace, breathing shallowly and turning deathly pale, gives a brilliant impression of fear.
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- Peter Bradshaw
★★★★☆ Pål Sletaune's Norwegian horror/thriller Babycall (2011) may be one of the less-known of this week's new releases, yet features the superb star of the original The Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo film series and Ridley Scott's eagerly-awaited Prometheus (2012) Noomi Rapace. It's also a gripping story in it's own right, and you'll certainly be rewarded for tracking it down.
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The Kid With A Bike (12A)
Once again, the Dardenne brothers pull you into the world of a poor, marginalised soul and keep you there, without resorting to any fancy tricks. How do they do it? In this case it's impulsive young Cyril: no mother, rejected by his father, no friends, and only his talismanic bike to cling to. What's to become of him? It sounds rather worthy but, in fact, it's an effortless watch – powerfully acted, paced like an action movie, and shifting into a higher gear of spiritual grace when it needs to.
The Hunger Games (12A)
Teens are signed up, trained up and scrubbed up for a reality TV game of death in this »
- Steve Rose
Anna (Noomi Rapace) and her son Anders (Vetle Qvenild Werring) are on the lamb from Anna’s abusive and meddlesome husband. Following a sketchy and clearly horrifying attack, both Anna and Anders are relocated to a remote housing estate in Norway. Clearly affected by what has happened, Anna struggles to adjust, and is encouraged to integrate herself and her son into a normal life by child services. Anna soon finds solace in the use of a baby monitor – facilitating a distance between mother and son during bedtime hours. However, this newfound comfort is short lived, as Anna finds that the baby monitor is picking up more than just the sounds of her son sleeping – someone or something is crying for help.
There is a small cluster of countries in the Northern reaches of the EU, which are fast becoming a cinematic ‘dark horse’. Not to sound ignorant or naïve, »
- Brad Williams
Noomi Rapace’s rise up the Hollywood ladder looks set for the sky, with the upcoming Prometheus. The Swedish star’s latest thriller Babycall, was shot even before her role in Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows. The Norwegian horror film is looking to capitalise on the profile of the young actress, after her star making turn in the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, as well as her move into bigger productions.
Babycall is released 30th March and we have the trailer and synopsis below.
Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a baby monitor to keep track of him.
Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. »
- Craig Hunter
A new trailer for Pal Sletaune's ('Next Door') horror 'Babycall' has arrived thanks to Empire. The new mystery thriller stars 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace ('Prometheus') as a protective mother forced to move into a new apartment building under the witness protection program only to uncover mysterious going-on in her new homestead. Kristoffer Joner and Vetle Qvenild Werring ('Cold Prey 2' Aka 'Fritt vilt II') both co-star and 'Babycall' is reportedly set to be hitting Us theatres from 30 March. Check out the plot, poster and new trailer below. »
"...'Anna' and her eight year old son 'Anders' are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father.
"After moving into a large apartment complex, Anna becomes overprotective of her son and buys a 'babycall' monitor to keep track of him.
"Soon, strange noises from other apartments are picked up on the monitor, while a new friend of Anders starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building …"
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- Michael Stevens
Thanks to Empire Online, we now have a domestic trailer for the upcoming "Babycall" thriller, starring Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes 2, Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Check it out below. Plot: Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders' father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a baby monitor to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders. mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building... Does this new friend know anything about the murder? And why is Anders' drawing stained with blood? Is Anna's son still in danger? Trailer: »
And Noomi Rapace thought she had problems in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo foreign franchise! As you're about to see, in Babycall there are far more nefarious things at work than an albino-like guy who can't feel pain!
Babycall follows Anna (Rapace) and her eight-year-old son, Anders, who are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building… Does this »
- Uncle Creepy
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