Halle Berry makes a comeback in Brad Anderson's suspense-thriller titled "The Call". This movie finds Halle starring as a 911 operator named Jordan that goes far beyond the call of duty to help someone in need.
"The Call" is an interesting film, in that it gives a little insight into the idea of what happens on the other side of the line when we call for help. Of course we know Hollywood will exaggerate a bit to sell a film, but here's to hoping that the operators truly care.
Jordan(Berry) is your average operator with hopes and desires of her own, but when you're on duty you must focus entirely on the caller's needs. This sounds
a little easier than it actually is, at least for Jordan, as she learns early on that a lapse in concentration can have dire consequences.
Reeling from an epic misstep in judgement, Jordan takes a breather from the lines and works as a trainer for 911 newbies. During a training and regaining of her feet, Jordan receives a call from a teenage girl named Casey(Breslin) who is in need of some much needed expertise. Can Jordan dig deep and remain in the moment to save a little girl's life or will her past mistakes seal Casey's fate?
This film did well to bring a sick and very much twisted criminal into focus named Michael played by Canadian actor Michael Eklund. I don't think we've seen any perp this demented since Hannibal. Michael obviously has some serious childhood issues and uses his irrational rationale to justify his crimes. Michael takes viewers on an edge-of-the-seat ride of terror as he is the sole reason little Casey has called 911. We know this is Halle Berry's movie, but Michael Eklund and his character give Halle a run for her money.
This film is borderline horror just by the sheer amount of rage and passion liberally smeared on the interactions between Michael(Captor) and Casey(Victim). "The Call" didn't get as much publicity as it could have, but after watching this film it's easy to see that it will be talked about for quite some time. Eklund's acting was remarkable, Halle's impressive and the young gun, Abigail Breslin all worked together to give a goose-bump performance worthy of praise.
Looking at this film from a distance, it speaks to the importance of being aware of your surroundings at all times. Male or female, it doesn't matter, you should be vigilant to increase your chances of returning home once you leave the house. "The Call" is just a movie, but by no means is it to be taken lightly. The events that transpire in this film can easily happen to anyone of us or someone close to our hearts. So it is our duty as individuals to encourage others to watch and learn from this film, in the hopes that "The Call" doesn't one day become an all to unbearable reality.
Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for all that can handle watching a terrifying possibility that could very well flip your world upside down. This film is also recommended for those that love a good thriller with conversation worthy content. So if you haven't watched "The Call", go to your nearest Redbox kiosk or favorite rental store and select this one. You won't be disappointed.
If you enjoyed this review, click a button below to share it with friends
Leave a comment to share your thoughts about the film
Thanks for reading!