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The Calling (2014)

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

Director:

Jason Stone

Writers:

Scott Abramovitch, Michael Redhill (novel) (as Inger Ash Wolfe)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Hazel Micallef
Gil Bellows ... Detective Ray Green
Ellen Burstyn ... Emily Micallef
Topher Grace ... Ben Wingate
Donald Sutherland ... Father Price
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Simon
Kevin Parent ... Spere
Katy Breier ... Melanie Cartwright
Paulino Nunes ... Officer Mathieson
Ted Whittall ... Ian Mason
Amanda Brugel ... Officer Vongarner
John Ralston ... Andrew Pederson
Natalie Radford Natalie Radford ... Glynnis Pederson
Alex Poch-Goldin ... Bob Chandler
Ella Ballentine ... Rose Batten
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Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Dundas 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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Pray for the Prey

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El llamado See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,254
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Color
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At the end, the Vancouver PD is dispatched to some apparently remote point in BC. It doesn't make sense to have the Vancouver police well outside their jurisdiction. See more »

Quotes

Grace Batten: Are you a doctor?
Simon: I specialize in methods that conventional medicine ignores. What kind of methods? Many diseases can manifest through our environment. What we eat, how we live. And just as we may create our illness, our bodies can be healed.
Grace Batten: And that works on, uh... On sick people?
Simon: If they are pure of heart and mind, yes.
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Connections

References Clue (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know
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Music by William Batchelder Bradbury
Hummed by Christopher Heyerdahl and Ella Ballentine
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Uneventful but solid thriller
15 December 2015 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

'The Calling' is one of those movies that never tries to stand out in any way. It never tries to shock its audience and win points with extra levels of violence or shocking plot twists that leave your mouth gaping open. It is simply content being a solid, well acted film that audiences can appreciate and then most likely forget. And that's OK. It's better than a film trying to be more than what it's capable of and turning into a bombsite. Director Jason Stone, in his feature film debut, made the call to go down this route and I think it was a good decision all things considered.

The movie has a solid cast, but not an overly exciting one. Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn - all fine actors, however none of them are going to steal a scene or bring a lot of energy to the film. That was one issue with the film, was that it always felt a little flat. No real action scenes or plot twists can find the movie going through the motions, discovering clue after clue, until the final showdown and then it's over. Solid, but a little tedious at times. Nevertheless it's more watchable than a number of thrillers being released today and it certainly isn't going to offend anyone. Give it a look.


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