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DIRECTOR: Brad Anderson
CAST: Halle Berry, Morris Chestnut and Abigail Breslin
Running Time: 94 minutes
Movies are really having a tough time at the moment. They’re trying to attract people who prefer staying home and television that has never been this good.
The thriller genre is particularly problematic because you can do so much more in a series than in a mere 95 minutes. This is where you too easily simply scare them to death without adding much of a back story to bring flesh and blood to the characters.
The Call is actually a clever premise. Someone (and in this instance it’s Halle Berry) is answering a 911 call and on the other end of the line is a terrified young girl who is hiding from an assailant, but can hear him entering her home. She’s alone and everything, as it does in these circumstances, goes awry.
With Berry’s acting skills she pulls it off. The first part of the film where she talks to the hysterical victim on the phone works well. It’s when she leaves that hub of activity that things fall apart and keeping the dramatic levels rising becomes superficial. You will be scared throughout because of the good acting, editing and a pace that doesn’t lag. But is that enough to drag you out of the house?
The cast is impressive and finally Hollywood seems to be taking more risk with race without turning it into headlines.
It’s sad then that this one doesn’t pack enough punch.
Even with your heart racing, you miss substance. Why are the characters doing what they’re doing? They need a bit more to work with than just having to save someone’s life. Who is this person who is being victimised? All of these issues could have been explored. Delving more into the background of those who become 911 operators could also have added weight.
Without giving more away, there’s too little as it is. A bonus is Abigail Breslin who first popped into our consciousness with Little Miss Sunshine, but again, she’s playing the victim, locked in the boot of a car, nothing more, nothing less.
One cannot but think this cast should have been given more to stretch them a little. It’s lost opportunity and such a waste.
If you liked Things We Lost in the Fire and Dark Tide you should like this one.