Film Review: The Call

| 16 May , 2013 | Reply

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Directed by: Brad Anderson
Starring: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Evie Thompson, Morris Chestnut
Sassi’s Star Rating: 2.5 / 5

Apparently there are 188 million 911 calls a year, but imagine if this one was personal? Veteran emergency operator Jordan Turner (Berry) receives a call that changes her world. This movie focuses on the real life issues when being a 911 operator. Most of us probably just think of it as a job, but this really highlights the stress and responsibility of the role. We’d like to think that they all have happy endings, but life isn’t like a movie.


Berry has a call go wrong and the road to recovery is rough, in fact, it’s off the frontline and back into training the newbies. On her training round, she engages with one of the operators when suddenly a call comes through with an eerie similarity to her traumatic experience just 6 months earlier. Can she overcome this experience to help the kidnapped teenager Casey Welson (Breslin) escape from this monster?


I can’t believe our Little Miss Sunshine, Breslin, is all grown up! She’s gorgeous and very believable in this role. She accurately depicts the terror of any young girl in this particular situation and plays the role with gusto. She’s definitely one to watch in the future, I think she will be on our screens for a very long time.


It’s a different role for Halle Berry, rocking a Whitney Houston 80’s hairstyle and exploring the complexity of a thriller is a bit of a departure from her usual film choices, but she is branching out all the time.


The crazed madman on the loose with a teenager in tow provesd to keep us on our toes. This sets up this thriller with a lot of anticipation and some heart clutching scenes. I may have screamed a few times whilst thoroughly enjoying it, of course. Some of the scenes are a little formulaic and unbelievable in that I was thinking, “No, don’t go there alone! Who goes there alone?” and “Check that the guy can’t see you! Oh no! He can see you!” It’s all part of the process though huh? It makes if fun.

911 What is your emergency? The Call is in cinemas now.


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