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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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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

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

Genres:

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

In the film, it is revealed that Casey is 5ft3. In real life Abigail Breslin, who plays as Casey, is 5ft1. See more »

Goofs

Because this is set in Los Angeles, when the gas station attendant is dosed with gas via the pump, this could not happen. All California pumps (to include any registered "private" pumps) are fitted with SMOG reducing sleeves. When the sleeve becomes disengaged from vehicle, the pump automatically stops the flow of gas. The pump used for filming is obviously not fitted with this sleeve and continues to flow after being removed from vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Officer Paul Phillips: Double check, quadruple check, triple check. He does not get through this point, alright?
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Caslon
Written by Jack Dunning
Performed by Untold
Courtesy of Hemlock Recording Inc.
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Even the few predictable turns of events are delivered with suspense
13 March 2013 | by 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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