When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.
Directed: Brad Anderson
What we think: Brad Anderson has directed one of my favourite horrors, Session 9, a film that is not particularly gory but is extremely unnerving in a variety of ways.
It’s a film that leaves chills down your spine and fixates you to the screen, Anderson has a great way of building tension to almost breaking point, and with The Call he’s achieved very much the same.
Halle Berry is 911 operator Jordan Turner who takes hundreds of distressing calls each day and generally manages to keep a cool head when the going gets tough.
One particularly day she takes a call from a young girl who has an intruder in the house, things don’t go well and as a result Jordan takes a back seat from answering the phone to training the next generation of 911 operators.
It’s not long before she’s called back into the fray to face her fears and a familiar foe on the end of the phone, using her nerve and judgement she must help another young teenage girl from facing a similar fate.
The acting is generally pretty good all round, nothing wooden about these performances as everyone gives their all in making the situation as believable as it can be.
The film holds itself well for the most part, maybe only wobbling when bog standard clichés are introduced into the mix, but its not detracting at all and I genuinely cared about what the outcome would be.
We know that suspense is driven through genuine fear, and there is no fear like being trapped inside the boot of a car which is what happens to young Abigail Breslin after she’s abducted.
During that part of the film where she is frantically on the phone to Jordan looking for a way out, we do wonder if it is really going to be the end for her, and that every chance she gets to raise the alarm is thwarted as is always the case in these types of situations.
The killer has a pretty good motive and the backstory their is somewhat disturbing, its left to the audience to deduce just what his reasoning is for undertaking the horrific crimes.
The film then sets about racing away to the conclusion and it does feel a bit rushed, some have been harsh in their reviews of the way it ended, but personally I enjoyed it.
There was a distinct nod to the original Saw which if that is correct, was a nice touch, although I think that is just me reading into it. Overall its a hell of a lot better than some other main stream thrillers and is definitely worth the time.
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What did you think of The Call, did it have you gripped to your seat or were you less than impressed.