Posted on 3/15/13 02:11 AM
The Call is an odd attempt at creating a thriller but ultimately fails for two reasons. Your characters are either utterly stupid or completely unrealistic at times. The writers also drew inspiration from about 5 different movies also turning this one into a jumbled and incoherent mess.
The premise behind the film isn't bad at all. Instead of witnessing cops and bystanders engage in heroics , how about a look at the pressure a dispatcher can through. Unfortunately the writing is unbelievably melodramatic , cheesy , and laughable. Jordan ( Halle Berry) is unable to save a life but now has a shot at redemption. The worthwhile scenes of the film definitely come when the movie is being as thrilling as possible without crossing into the usual tropes. It just cannot be sustained for 90 minutes though. At around 25 minutes in the cliches, stupid characters , nonsensical plot-points, and overdramatic dialogue completely take over. By the end you will feel like you are watching a completely different movie.
The most embarrassing aspects of The Call though come from the acting. It's very hard to take a serial killer seriously when he's either making hilarious grunting noises or constipated facial expressions. That aforementioned horrendous dialogue didn't do anyone else favors either. When WWE wrestler David Otunga is on the same level of acting in a film starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin it's probably time to fire the director. Speaking of Brad Anderson , he is capable of making good movies as seen with The Machinist, but this movie just felt like a throwaway job to him and everyone else aboard the project.
If you enjoy watching movies where you spend 85% of it commenting on how poor the characters' survival skills are then by all means see it. No one else should answer this call though