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A group of elite gamers receives a strange invitation to test out a new virtual reality system. When the gamers strap into their new hi-tech gear, they realize the game is for keeps and losing means paying with their lives.

Cast & Crew

Chris Obi
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Charles Barker
Director
Charles Barker
Screenwriter
Bob Benton
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Andy Brunskill
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Richard Holmes
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Alan Martin
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Critic Reviews for The Call Up

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2)

  • It'll fill a slot, if your Xbox connection is down and you feel inspired to quit the sofa.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Filled with action, intrigue and snazzy visuals, writer/director Charles Barker's first feature impresses, even if the concept is hard to swallow.

    January 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Call Up

  • Jul 18, 2017
    One day the best gamers in the world receive an invitation to compete for a $100,000 grand prize. When they all arrive, they find themselves alone in an office building, given instructions by a computer, which tells them to put on these state of the art suits, and once they do they are literally in the game. The game is like nothing they've ever seen before, a real life Call of Duty, but when they engage the terrorists, they learn that the consequences are all too real, and the only way to get out is to win. The Call Up isn't a new idea, however after the failure of films like Gamebox 1.0 and Stay Alive, it's been a decade since anyone has attempted to make a film like this. Since then, the technology has come a long way, allowing the filmmakers to finally get it right. The CGI and computerized effects are impressive for any film, not to mention a B-movie. The original idea and tech are so innovate, that it takes your mind off the fact that the acting in this film wasn't all that great. Additionally, the development of the characters and their backstories was fairly strong, strong enough, that each viewer should have their own favorite to win, meaning the audience is invested in the game as well. Watching this film is an adventure, in that one feels a part of the game, the strategy, and even has an investment in what happens to the individual gamers. A better cast would have added a lot to this film, but as I said it's a B-movie and I'm guessing all those special effects didn't come cheaply. Viewership without any performer of recognition may have been a factor, but once people click that watch button, they will be quickly drawn into a film the likes of which hasn't been seen before. The Call Up receives big points for originality, special effects, character development, and certainly stands out for being a film that is truly one of a kind.
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