The Call FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Tristar Pictures, Troika Pictures, WWE Studios, Emergency Films and Amasia Entertainment present an R rated, 95 minute, thriller, directed by Brad Anderson and written by Richard D’Ovidio with a theater release date of March 15, 2013.
Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) is one of the best 911 operators in Los Angeles. Quick to help out anyone in need but when she receives a distress call from a young girl, Leah Templeton (Evie Thompson) who calls to report a man breaking into her home, Jordan’s life and career takes a bit of a turn. First off if that’s what a 911 operator’s job is like on a daily basis I truly would need more than a quiet room to help me cope with some very traumatic callers. I myself did not call 911 the other night but when I personally had a man trying to break into my home while I was home I dealt with it myself on a local level but must say this film felt very relevant all of a sudden.
Six months later, Jordan is still trying to cope with the incident involving Leah. She has moved from being an operator to a teacher training new employees to the so called “hive”. When the past comes back to haunt her once again Jordan finds herself thrown back into the seat as a 911 operator as she tries to help a young girl, Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin) escape her abductor. Locked in the trunk of a moving car with nothing but a disposable phone and the contents already in the trunk Casey’s only chance for survival is the advice from Jordan her 911 operator. During her ride in the trunk by her captor Michael Foster (Michael Eklund) the story takes a number of twists and turns as Jordan tries to help and Officer Paul Phillips (Morris Chestnut) and Officer Jake Devans (David Otunga) along with LAPD on ground and air work to find the girl trapped in the car.
I must say there definitely was some pretty good advice to consider if for some reason someone finds themselves in such a situation in life. Hopefully not! In the end, Jordan’s past has now predicted her present situation as she has suddenly found herself personally involved in this hunt for a psychopath before he once again kills yet another young girl.
The film is intense and very well directed and written keeping the audience on the edge of their seat from beginning to end. There are a number of throw away characters in the film that are somewhat meaningless other than for background ambience to Berry’s character but overall this thriller in my opinion really hits the mark. Similar in parts to the thriller “Silence of the Lambs” with Jody Foster this film has many of the same elements even adding a bit of humor and familiarity to the story pointing out that this could easily be someone you know or love.
Berry, other than a bad hair day does nice work in the role but still at times seems to have a bit of a disconnect to the audience making her seem a bit forced in some scenes but overall believable. Breslin is spot on from her humor to her fears and yet her acceptance with death she really grabs the audience and pulls you into her world as a captive girl by a psychotic madman superbly played by Eklund. Chestnut and Otunga are small supports to the above mentioned lead characters but they are definitely some testosterone eye candy for the female audience. There are a few other actors that lend support to the story line making it a must see film for a good evening thrill at a theater near you. For me “it’s already done” and I truly enjoyed this intense 911 emergency thriller and believe you will as well. Written with three paws out of four for a good thrill ride by Jon Patch.
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