The Call (2013)

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Critic Consensus: The Call builds plenty of suspense before taking a problematic turn in the third act.


Movie Info

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. (c) Sony

Rating: R (for violence, disturbing content and some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Bokenkamp , John Bokenkamp , Nicole D'Ovidio , Richard D'Ovidio
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 25, 2013
Box Office: $51.9M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Jordan Turner

as Casey Welson

as Officer Paul Phillip...

as Michael Foster

as Alan Denado

as Officer Jake Devans

as Leah Templeton

as Female Trainee

as Officer

as Forensics Agent

as Trainee #1

as Operator #2

as Young Operator in Qu...

as Soccer Mom

as Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for The Call

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (26)

This is a cleverly made, smartly written, totally satisfying armrest-gripper.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

Just when the movie has us in its grasp, the script falls to pieces and turns into a crass female-in-peril button-pusher.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A simple but tense thriller told from the perspective of kidnap victim and 911-responder.

Full Review… | March 23, 2015
Concrete Playground

It seems at odds with itself thanks to a generous helping of tropes from two distinctly different genres: fast-paced action thriller and creepy serial killer horror.

Full Review… | November 20, 2013
TheShiznit.co.uk

Rides completely off the rails by the finale, and the film seems to completely embrace its stupidity...

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Halle Berry delivers an emphatic reminder of her star status in this tightly-plotted low-budget thriller.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Call

I stopped watching on the first ten minutes when the 911 operator tells the girl to lock herself in a room and then the girl runs up the stairs. >_> I do not know which is worse, the advice or the girl.

Raajay
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

½

A surprise hit last spring, The Call is a simple but rather effective thriller that wavers a bit in the end but not enough to derail your entertainment. Halle Berry stars as a 911 operator talking through a teen girl (Abigail Breslin, spending far too much time in a bra for my comfort) kidnapped in the trunk of a car. It has the hallmarks of the typical action thriller genre, namely our heroine working through her past trauma of inadvertently getting another young girl abducted by the SAME killer. The Call plays best as we think alongside our two embattled heroines, going step-by-step how to determine where she may be, what car she may be inside, and how to draw attention to her predicament. The writing is economical and fast-paced and mostly smart, having the police act like actual professionals. Director Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist) employs plenty of extreme close-ups that effectively draw upon the claustrophobia and urgency. For a solid two acts, the movie seamlessly transitions form one obstacle to another. Then the third act arrives where Berry decides to leave her post and take matters into her own hands. The film becomes far more predictable, conventional, and veers into the absurdity it had avoided for so long. The creepy killer has a half-hearted creepy back-story/fetish, Berry behaves far too cavalierly when she should be notifying the cops, and the ending defies all sensible logic. It's meant to be a poetic punishment but, upon minor reflection, it's entirely possible that this loose end will come back to haunt everyone yet again. In total, The Call is a breezy, suspenseful thriller that is well-acted and directed with style (the pounding electronica score doesn't fit, though). The downturn at the end is disappointing but The Call is still a movie worth taking.

Nate's Grade: B

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable bum on the edge of seat thriller!
Greatly acted, slightly predictable but surprising ending, enjoyable and worth a watch!

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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