The Call: Review

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The concept of this movie intrigued me and I’m so glad I watched it because it was tense, thrilling and I was captivated from start to finish.

Halle Berry plays a 911 call-centre operator and one day, she gets an emergency call from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) who has been abducted. She is on a disposable phone so they cannot track her location and she is in the boot of a car, so she can’t tell where she is either. Berry has to keep calm and try every option to save this girl’s life.

You can’t imagine how this concept would be able to sustain a feature-length movie but it does and it manages to stay thrilling and tense throughout. Considering Berry spends the majority of her time on her bum, in an office, on the phone, you really care for her and the girl. Berry has been given a troubled back story which sets up the sympathy straight away and makes you connect with her character from the beginning. Breslin plays a good girl who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and you are hoping that she will be alright in the end.

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Both leads played their roles really well. Breslin must have been exhausted from constantly screaming and being terrified whereas Berry plays her vulnerable operator very well. The stand-out, however, was Michael Eklund, who was the villain. He was so creepy. You don’t realise how mentally unstable he is but, once you do, it becomes scary. I was so tense when Berry went on her own little mission. I was talking out loud, telling her to get help, rather than go by herself! I’m not sure how I feel about the ending, it was definitely unexpected.

Ultimately, it was a very simple kidnapping thriller, in terms of plot. However, I liked that the film focussed on the operator as I thought this was a refreshing take on a stale genre. The pacing is what held the movie together. It moved along at a rapid pace and it kept the interest consistent. The villain was brilliant and this turned out to be more gory and scary than I had anticipated.

I would recommend this for some who wants a thrill that is easy to follow.

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