Tuesday, 29 July 2014

'The Call' Film Review

911 Operator Jourdan Turner (Halle Berry) makes an unfocused decision, resulting in the death of a young girl. 6 months later, when Jourdan receives a call from Casey (Abigail Breslin), who has just been abducted, she fights to ensure the past doesn't repeat itself.

At an hour and a half long, 'The Call' opens with pace and drama, quickly setting  up the plot that sees Jourdan frantically trying to rescue a girl on the other end of the phone, stuck in a kidnapper's car boot. Although for the majority of the movie, the two leads do not come into contact, there is evident phone chemistry that drives the propulsion of the film.

What grips you most is the tension created by the graphic imagery combined with the soundtrack. I certainly jumped a few times and even had to turn away. The dark themes transcended within this 'thriller' make it lean into psychological horror territory, hence the appropriate R rating.

As the movie reaches its climax, it obediently follows a predictable trajectory, but nonetheless bloody, traumatic and gripping. 

Halle Berry- Jourdan Turner
Abigail Breslin- Casey Welson

Also stars Gossip Girl's Ella Rae Peck.

Even though Halle Berry appears to just sit at a desk and talk, she successfully conveys a series of emotions throughout the movie, perhaps even more ranged than abductee Casey, played by Abigail Breslin. All the punchlines are given to Academy Award nominee Berry, and it is evident that she is very much the main character, and delivers the sharpest come back right at the very end.

~~~OVERALL 8/10~~~
'The Call' is a tense psycho horror/thriller that keeps your adrenaline pumping throughout. With traumatic/violent scenes, it isn't for the fainthearted, but will no doubt give you one of the most gripping movie experiences of the year, that's if you don't hang up before the end.

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