Halle Berry is a 911 operator personally involved in kidnapping in The Call.

Halle Berry is a 911 operator personally involved in kidnapping in The Call.

Reel Reviews: Don’t miss The Call

Halle Berry stars in this roller coaster ride of a thriller that is well worth seeing

  • Mar. 24, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) is a 911 operator in the city of Los Angeles, who becomes personally involved in the kidnapping of a teenager (Abigail Breslin.)

We say, “Don’t think about it, just go see it.”

TAYLOR: It’s fun when a small movie that nobody is talking about, (and you think is gonna suck,) takes you by surprise and turns out to be a lot of fun.

HOWE: I agree with you, The Call is one hell of a roller-coaster ride. If you haven’t seen the trailer, (and you probably haven’t,) but enjoyed Silence of the LambsThe Bone Collector or any other decent mystery thriller you really should check this out.

TAYLOR: This film grabbed me when I wasn’t looking, stuffed me in the trunk and drove me to a dark, awful place. I loved it. In the middle, just when I thought things were starting to get dull, The Call built up and delivered the most satisfying conclusion I’ve seen in a while. The entire audience loved it, all three of us.

HOWE: The plot we have seen before and there are no big explosions or chase scenes, but for some reason The Call is a very good movie. It had me on the edge of my seat a few times and towards the end I could feel the tension building up inside me.

TAYLOR: I think the major proponent of this film’s success is the fact that it doesn’t waste any time and puts both main characters in peril instantly. Combine that with the fact that the peril occurs in real-time, to characters that I, for one, instantly felt empathy for and I think we’re starting to understand how the film succeeds. There’s no “getting to know” these women in order to feel something for them, the audience is simply plunged into an intense, emotional situation. The film is also put together well, there’s some interesting editing and an overall, fast-paced, taut feel.

HOWE:  There were a couple of very good performances from the cast. The first being Michael Eklund, who gives us a creepy performance as the cold-blooded serial killer with a certain fetish, the second being from Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) proving she’s turning into a great actress.

TAYLOR: I agree, I don’t remember seeing Eklund before, but he was appropriately weird. It would be a shame if too many people missed this movie. In an entertainment world awash with expensive garbage, this small, cheap film is suspenseful and effective. It’s also a lot of fun. The Call doesn’t waste any time, pull any punches or live up to any formulaic expectations. It’s not fancy, it’s just good. Don’t miss The Call.

— Howe gives The Call 4 cans of paint out 5.

­— Taylor gives it 4 trapdoors out of 5.

The film is currently showing at Vernon’s Galaxy Cinemas.

Brian Taylor and Peter Howe review films for The Morning Star, every Friday and Sunday.