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The Call (2013)

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When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.

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Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) is an experienced 911 operator but when she makes an error in judgment and a call ends badly, Jordan is rattled and unsure if she can continue. But then teenager Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin) is abducted in the back of a man's car and calls 911. And Jordan is the one called upon to use all of her experience, insights and quick thinking to help Casey escape, and not just to save Casey, but to make sure the man is brought to justice. Written by napierslogs

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There are 188 million 911 calls a year. This one made it personal.

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Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, disturbing content and some language | See all certifications »

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15 March 2013 (USA)  »

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The Hive  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,118,745 (USA) (15 March 2013)

Gross:

$51,872,378 (USA) (7 June 2013)
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Jacob Sullivan was approached to direct. See more »

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In the parking lot, Foster grabs chloroform and then sits on the bumper of the car. As he speaks to Casey, you can see Alan Denado behind him by the Lincoln (Michael Imperioli was waiting for his cue). See more »

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Officer Paul Phillips: Double check, quadruple check, triple check. He does not get through this point, alright?
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Referenced in Shut Up and Talk: Lindsay Ellis (2014) See more »

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The Sound Of Winter
Written by Gavin Rossdale
Performed by Bush (as BUSH)
Courtesy of Zuma Rock Records
By arraignment with Riptide Music Inc.
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Even the few predictable turns of events are delivered with suspense
13 March 2013 | by (Massachusetts, United States) – See all my reviews

There is the main character who is good but not perfect, and there is the one mistake she makes that almost destroys her. And there is her nemesis, engaging her at a challenge greater than any she has had to confront before.

The Call models just about all the techniques of good storytelling. Character, plot, action, and suspense—all the ingredients of a good thriller are there, and blended well. Halle Berry gives a superb performance heading a cast that is capable overall. We can sense and feel the story as it happens.

The bad guy is always a step ahead. Except when he is two steps ahead. Except when the protagonist undertakes a bold new move and, if it works…. A big "if," that is.

On a couple of occasions, this movie gives stinging reminders of human fallibility, specifically lapses of good judgment that can cause a situation to deteriorate. We want to beckon the characters in front of us to do certain things, and fast. But they are either too daring or too guileless to anticipate the curveballs that are about to hit them.

Frustrating as that may be, the ending holds a twist gratifying enough to compensate for those frustrations. That even glosses over a certain lack of dénouement—perhaps the one part of storytelling this movie could have used more of. Or was it part of the plan to leave a few things to our imagination?


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