The Call

2013

The Call (2013)

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

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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

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Cast

Halle Berry
as Jordan Turner
Abigail Breslin
as Casey Welson
Morris Chestnut
as Officer Paul Phillips
Michael Eklund
as Michael Foster
Michael Imperioli
as Alan Denado
David Otunga
as Officer Jake Devans
Evie Louise Thompson
as Leah Templeton
Tara Platt
as Female Trainee
Sammy Busby
as Officer
Lisa Grady
as Forensics Agent
Rakefet Abergel
as Trainee #1
Yolanda Arroyo
as Operator #2
Frankie Louis Mulcahy
as Young Operator in Quiet Room
Alisa Hensley
as Soccer Mom
Thomas Yatsko
as Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for The Call

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (26)

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

Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…

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

Sep 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Crude as it is, The Call milks its jump scares and don't-go-down-to-the-basement tension for all they're worth. See it with a full house, if you absolutely must see it at all.

Mar 19, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Let's call The Call what it is: high quality trash that both diminishes and is redeemed by all the talents who have deigned to bring it to life.

Mar 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you're going to watch a movie in which two people talk on the phone for most of the film, it's not the worst thing in the world for one of the folks involved to have the face of Storm from the X-Men.

Mar 15, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This is as brain-dead as a movie can be and it assumes the audience will have the I.Q. of a rutabaga.

Mar 15, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Call

Pretty good thriller. Though it drags out long at the end, the scenes in the car kept me on the edge of my seat.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

A conventional thriller that doesn't try anything new but is developed in a relatively satisfying way for most of its running time - until it collapses in a ridiculous, laughable third act that only insults the viewers' intelligence and believes to be much smarter than it is.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Wildaly M
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 Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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