really excellent until the last 15,
This review is from: The Call [DVD]  (DVD)
A great movie up to the final act.How many times has this criticism been made about good films that could have been great? I just dont understand how a writer, who must have some imagination and talent to come up with the first 3/4 of the film, could then go everso slightly dopey for the last part, unless it was a deliberate, and somewhat shallow, attempt to sell the story to a film studio with a talking point ending and to hell with the credibility.
The end of the film is unfortunately what shows that this is not based on a true story. Up until then, it could quite easily have been as it was detailed,smart and highly compelling and charged with suspense.I would still recommend this as a 4 star movie, but not for those who study these things seriously, as the end is overly idealistic,unrealistic and tries to create a twist along the lines of 'silence of the lambs.' The difference is in that film the Jodie Foster character didnt go looking for the nut unarmed, she just stumbled across him during routine house calls, and she was trained with what to do. To send Halle Berry, a 911 telephone operative out to the darkness alone and unarmed by choice to search for the kidnapped girl is a little preposterous. And if she did then she would come off worst i think. I won't give away what happens but some people will love it anyway. I loved it up until then because up until then it felt very real.
The trouble a lot of writers seem to have is how to finish a story that they want to be popular and different,without having it seem contrived or deliberate. I get the feeling that the here writer either bowed to real or imagined pressure or actually wrote this trying to second guess what would get the film made by offering up something 'different' with a talking point and a female lead in place of the usual male flawed-but-heroic type. Halle Berry does a great job and didnt need to even be part of the last act as her performance was already compelling. They should have sent in her police boyfriend instead.But i would still give it a second look for the truly excellent first 3/4 of the film.