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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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Storyline

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 and calls 911. Jordan is the one called upon to use all of her experience, insights and quick thinking to try to help Casey escape and also 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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Budget:

$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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Trivia

This represented Halle Berry's first major hit for a number of years outside of the X-Men franchise. See more »

Goofs

At two different times in the movie, when a call is ended on what is clearly an iPhone, the "charging" sound can be heard. This sound would only be heard when the phone is plugged in to charge, and would not make that sound when a call is ended. See more »

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[repeated line]
Michael Foster: It's already done!
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Referenced in Shut Up and Talk: Lindsay Ellis (2014) See more »

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Karma Chameleon
Written by Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay, Jon Moss, Boy George (as George O'Dowd), and Phil Pickett
Performed by Culture Club
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television
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Good thriller with a couple of weak spots
14 March 2013 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film quite a bit: it kept a good pace of tension which makes for a good thriller. The acting is good (no academy awards), and it did a good job of giving a glimpse into the operations of 911 call centers which is a fresh topic - and it did so without dragging the pace.

The main bad guy becomes ever more creepy as the plot progresses which helps build the tension. The ending takes an interesting twist which, in the moment, doesn't feel quite as out-of-character as others describe - mainly due to a good segue shot that probably took more than a few takes to get right.

The weak spots consist mainly of some CSI style technology leaps that only technology morons would buy into, and a single bit of clumsiness that just feels scripted. Unfortunately the CSI technology leaps are very popular in Hollywood (to my dismay) and the bit of clumsiness is key to the plot progression.

If one or two minor transgressions make you feel like you wasted your money, wait for it to show up on Netflix. If you enjoy a good edge of your seat thriller and can overlook the transgressions, go see it!


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