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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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Alan Denado
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Rachel
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Marco
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Maddy
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Leah Templeton (as Evie Louise Thompson)
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Autumn
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Josh
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

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Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hive  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,118,745, 17 March 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,872,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,572,378
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Trivia

Originally envisioned as a TV series called "The Hive". See more »

Goofs

When the first eyewitness calls from the freeway, she states the model of the car. During his dispatch, Marco also states the model of the car. As time passes, Casey pours paint out of the broken taillight while Jordan dispatches to police. But she states the car as unknown make and model. This information would've been relayed to her. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Michael Foster: You're an operator. You can't do this!
Jordan Turner: It's already done!
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Catwoman (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Sleeping Beauty
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged and Performed by John Carlo Dwyer and Ronald A. Mendelsohn (as Ronald Alan Mendelsohn)
Courtesy of Megatrax Music
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Good thriller with a couple of weak spots
14 March 2013 | by 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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