The Call (2013) 2013

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When veteran 911 operator, Jordan (Halle Berry), takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.

Starring:
Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

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The Call (2013)

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Brad Anderson
Starring Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin
Supporting actors Morris Chestnut, Michael Imperioli, Michael Eklund
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
Directed by Brad Anderson and starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, The Call is one of those infuriating thriller movies that destroys all its hard work with a lame last quarter. The plot is based around a 911 Emergency Call Centre, where Berry works but suffers a breakdown of sorts when an error she makes costs the life of a young girl being stalked by a maniac. Some time later and Breslin is abducted by a wacko and locked in the trunk of his car, which brings Berry back into dutiful action. Can she save the girl this time?

For the most part it's a sturdy thriller, it's not breaking new ground or anything, but it has some good ideas and the scenes of Breslin and Berry talking on the phone are well crafted and performed. So far so tightly wound by Anderson. But there's a point in the movie where you know exactly what is going to happen for the remainder of film. Logic, suspense and credibility is quickly replaced by a roll call of popcorn munching conventions clearly aimed at pleasing the undemanding multiplex goers.

The police are buffoons but thankfully Berry, a phone operator, can do their job for them. Though this comes at a cost to Berry as well. Where earlier there was an actress playing with conviction an interesting and emotionally confused character, now she is reduced to doing the sort of dumb things that happen in laughably bad scream queen movies. Or not as the case may be in one colossal plot hole that is badly attempted to be explained away by the makers!

Such a shame, because both Berry and Breslin turn in good thriller performances, and Michael Eklund is suitably nuts as the serial killer with on-going issues.
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Experienced 911 operator Jordan Turner (Berry) isn't going to let the same fate happen to another young girl that's been kidnapped on her watch. So she takes matters into her own hands with a more proactive approach to her job.

The Call's early introduction to the intriguing duties/procedures of the varied tasks & pressure involved as a 911 operator, quickly maneuvers into the extremes of the job. As a home invasion call quickly grabs your attention with it's tense unfolding horror & sowing the tragic seeds for the lead character. Flashing forward 6 months in a brief moment of calm, as thereafter you don't have much time to catch your breath as the abduction of another girl occurs. The majority of it is based on a thrilling real time to-and-fro between the 911 operator Jordan & the girl(s) she tries to help stay safe & locate , under extremely turbulent & highly emotionally charged circumstances. The pace of the movie, solid acting & simple yet effective special effects, offsets the financial constraints so well that you'd not suspect for the majority of the film at least, that this is in fact a low budget movie ($13m). They're are a few predictable moments & cliche's but otherwise it retains your interest nonetheless.

Halle Berry (X-Men) is believable as the under pressure 911 operator who has to come back from such a traumatic event, to save a young girl & herself, emotionally. Abigail Breslin (
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Power on 11 Mar 2014
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Great story line just a shame about the ending. Very intense at points but enjoyable to watch. Makes you really think about the job off 911 operators.
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Format: DVD
I bought this film last month and have already watched it a handful of times. It is by far the only film that has me gripping the edge of my seat and holding my breath from start to finish (even though I already know the outcome!).
I've enjoyed Halle Berrys work for a long time, but for me this is her best film to date, and her and Abigail Breslin work extremely well together. There is not one single moment where I'm bored or wishing for it to end.
This film is clever in the fact that with these kind of films, you usually only see the victims/kidnappers side.This shows the relationship between the operator, victim and kidnapper, and all of those that help in between. It's personal, and you can't stop yourself from almost building a relationship with the characters.
Buy it, watch it, love it! You definitely won't regret it!
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Halle Berry works at a major 911 call center. She is the queen bee in the hive. Someone (Michael Eklund) is kidnapping and killing young girls. Halle breaks the first rule: "Stay emotionally detached and never make promises" when she has to direct a young emotional girl (Abigail Breslin) in the trunk of a car. Halle pulls out all the stops and goes outside the box to assist the girl.

The film had me on the edge of my seat, which is hard to do at my age. It had the intensity of "Dirty Harry." WARNING: The kidnapper tortures his victims by forcing them to listen to "Taco" and "Boy George." Well done. Worth the view.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity. Girl in bra.
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