MOVIE REVIEW: THE CALL (2013)Posted: July 19, 2013
Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Cast: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Michael Ecklund, Morris Chestnut, David Otunga
Director: Brad Anderson
I was iffy about watching this movie. A 911 operator who decides to take the law into her hands? It just didn’t make sense to me.
Jordan (Berry) is a seasoned 911 operator who takes a frantic call from a young teen named Casey (Breslin). She’s been kidnapped by a psychotic loser named Michael Foster (Ecklund), and Jordan decides to do whatever is needed to save Casey.
I’d say the first hour of the movie is pretty damn good. The storyline is a bit thin and easy to digest, but Berry makes a strong effort to create a character that is likeable and has some depth. There are plenty of chances to over-act, and I think alot of actresses would have wild eyes and shrill voices as the Jordan character tries to help the kidnapped teen. Berry did a good job of matching the intensity of the storyline without going overboard.
Aren’t you supposed to hate the bad guy?
Michael Foster is such a hapless idiot that I started to feel sorry for him. I’ve never kidnapped someone before, but I wanted to pull him to the side and give him some pointers so he wouldn’t look so stupid. If you have a girl in your trunk you’re supposed to act cool about it. Don’t visibly freak out or raise your voice in an unnatural way any time someone innocently glances your way.
The last half hour of the movie decides to focus on Foster and this is where the movie instantly tanks. We learn some backstory about him and his life of crime, but after seeing him make so many dumb mistakes throughout the movie I really didn’t care about ‘how’ and ‘why’ he has become a kidnapper.
Since the last act of the movie is so terrible I’d suggest skipping this one. Trust me, no one will ever say to you, “What? You haven’t seen The Call?! It’s such a good movie!”
If you saw The Call, did you regret it? Let me know!