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Film Review: The Call

The Call stars Halle Berry as ‘Jordan Turner’, who works as a 911 call operator. It seems to be a normal day until she receives a distress call from a girl whose house is being broken in to. Jordan does what she can to help calm the girl while the police are on their way. You quickly find out that the intruder is there to kidnap her. Due to some wrong decisions by Jordan the girl is taken. Jordan is left with the last words of the intruder down the phone.

It is 6 months later and due to her trauma and guilt, Jordan is now a 911 call trainer. Soon though she finds herself taking a similar call from Casey played by Abrigail Breslin. This time Casey and already been taken!

Halle Berry as always puts in a solid performance. I have only previously seen Abigail Breslin in Zombieland so it was good to see her in a lead role. Both characters connected well together.

I thought that the film was fast paced and the tension constantly built as the police were getting closer to find casey. There were a couple of times where I thought the film could be near the end but then it turned a new corner. Much of the movie is Casey on the phone to Jordan from the trunk of her car. It did remind me a lot of the movie Buried. But luckily not as claustrophobic.

To be honest their isn’t much to The Call and it did seem rather short at 96 minutes. I am not sure if I would have liked the film as much if I didn’t see it in the cinema. But I did enjoy it. The Call has been released at similar times as some big budget films like Star Trek 2, Iron Man 3, Hangover 3 and Oblivion. I think it may get lost behind these.

SydneySocial101 give ‘The Call’ 6/10. Syrus Wynne reviewed the movie on behalf of Sydney Social.

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2 thoughts on “Film Review: The Call

  1. I had never heard of The Call. But I like Halle Berry. I loved Zombieland. And your review was honest easily read. What the heck. The Call it is.

    Posted by Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger | May 16, 2013, 4:43 am

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