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The Calling (2014)

 -  Thriller  -  5 August 2014 (USA)
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Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Douglas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

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Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Douglas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

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When Simon (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Grace Batten (Kristin Booth) first meet in the diner where Grace works, it's the Bright Spot Restaurant on Main Street East in Hamilton. See more »

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Early in the film, one of the cops refers to a distance as a number of "clicks" (Canadian term for kilometres). However, later in the film, distances are states in "miles". See more »

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Too routine to recommend, though Sarandon is excellent
27 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Calling (2014)

It's weird to see how routine this kind of movie has become. And how obvious the influences are. Take "Fargo" and put it Canada (same snow, some parochial setting, and same kind of earthy woman cop). Then remove all the originality and verve, and you have "The Calling."

Serial killers are of course more common in the movies than in real life, thankfully. And they all require weird methods, patterns with exceptions to the pattern, and a single (often painfully solitary) cop on the hunt. Susan Sarandon plays the cop, the good guy if you will, and I actually think she does a great job. If she can't match MacDormand in "Fargo" it's partly or mostly because of the writing and direction. In this movie, director Jason Stone in his first full length film, shows he's still learning. And borrowing from good sources. But we all know the formulae, and need more than that. Where do guys like him get budgets and approvals and a couple of great actors when there are so many talented men—and women!—who have shown more mettle and imagination in the trenches?

What remains isn't a disaster, but it's a bit of a trudge. Don't blame Sarandon, who makes it charming overall. There is an intention toward realism here, and yet the scenes are a combination of grotesque and whimsical. The murders are horrible, and beyond probably what is normal horror though I don't really know how the world of murder works. And the people are so homespun and regular, worried about their coffees of course, that they lighten up the whole movie without making it comic.

So, it's not, for sure, a disaster. I don't know that I'd call that a recommendation. There are better films of this type out there (without going to the top of the genre with "Silence of the Lambs" and so forth). But there are worse!


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