DVD Review: The Call
The Call is a taught if somewhat lean thriller starring Halle Berry as Jordan, and emergency line operator in Los Angeles. The film kicks off with Jordan taking a panicked call from a teenage girl who claims there is an intruder in her house one night. After getting the teen to a safe place, Jordan makes a rookie mistake that gets the teen killed. Roll forward six months and Jordan is now in a role that trains new operators, but in the process of demonstrating what to do, takes a call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted and is in the trunk of a car.
Jordan freaks out a bit but then take command of the situation, but soon she discovers that it’s the same guy who murdered the first teen six months prior. Knowing what the guy is capable of, ramps up the intensity for both Jordan and us!
For a film where a lot of the action is based around talking on the phone, director Brad Anderson does a great job of keeping the film pumping along, never letting the film slow down once it hits high gear early on.
The story-line, whilst ultimately predictable, has it’s fair share of twists and turns, and both Halle Berry and Abigall Breslin (who plays the second abducted girl) put in some great performances.
The Call is never going to make the cut on any critics best of lists, but it does deliver a massive dose of adrenaline for anyone keen on a fast paced cat and mouse thriller.
Rating: R16 Violence and offensive language.