Halle Berry in a scene from the movie The Call.
Halle Berry in a scene from the movie The Call. Contributed by Roadshow Films publicity website

Movie review: The Call

BRAD Anderson's The Call starts out as a nerve-wracking and suspenseful thriller but like an over long phone call itself, it really should have been terminated before the silliness set in.

Halle Berry all dolled up complete with pseudo-Afro bob, plays Jordan Turner, a diligent but increasingly fragile 911 call operator.

After a high-pressure mistake, a kidnap victim's call spirals out of a control with fatal results, Turner is determined to ensure her second shot at saving a young kidnapped girl has a better outcome.

Abigail Breslin is the victim who has been kidnapped at the mall and stashed in a car boot.

With a mobile on her she is able to call 911 and through the direct line to Turner she is able to become more resourceful and proactive.

And so begins a tension filled cat and mouse game as emergency services scramble to track down the young girl and her kidnapper.

There are plenty of neat twists in the kidnap tale and the suspense and violence escalate to a crescendo with some fairly convincing drama.

The scenes involving the victims are particularly unsettling and gruesome.

Michael Eklund's serial killer is creepy, icky and detached and he pulls off the role in a disturbingly chilling fashion.

Breslin spends most of the film sobbing and crying but manages to work in some layers of character development and growth which is not easy considering she spends the majority of the film trapped in the boot of a moving car.

But where the film falls apart is when Turner leaves her post and the film quickly spirals into absurdity and loses all credibility.

It's such a disappointment as the potential for a fantastic thriller-action-revenge film was there but somewhere it got confused in the translation and there are some truly laughable decisions made.

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The Call

  • Stars: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut
  • Director: Brad Anderson
  • Rated: Ma 15+
  • Verdict: Two Stars


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