THE CALL

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
MARCH 17, 2013

For being a thriller about a 911 operator sitting in a chair, “The Call” actually builds enough suspense to keep the audience involved. Although most of the film’s situations feel incredulous and uninspired, the overall kitsch of the story is unique enough to keep one interested. Produced by WWE Studios, with one professional wrestler as a minimal supporting role, the film never falls off the deep end like most of their previous produced endeavors.

Halle Berry comes off a tad out of place in her starring role, still the highlight of the film but never able to carry it beyond what it is, which is an average thriller with little to no follow through, displaying one of the worst final acts to grace the screen yet this year. Wow, how Abigail Breslin has grown up, showing maturity when she’s not screaming incoherently or strapped, topless, to a medical chair. However horrid I was picturing this film to be, I was pleasantly surprised to find it reached the annals of “alright.”

RELEASE DATE
March 15, 2013

DIRECTOR
Brad Anderson

WRITTEN BY
Richard D’Ovidio
Nicole D’Ovidio (story by)
Jon Bokenkamp (story by)

STUDIO
Sony Pictures
TriStar Pictures
WWE Studios

R
(for violence, disturbing content and some language)

THRILLER
94 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Thomas Yatsko

COMPOSER
John Debney

EDITOR
Avi Youabian

CAST
Halle Berry
Abigail Breslin
Morris Chestnut
Michael Eklund
Michael Imperioli
David Otunga

PRODUCED BY
Jeff Graup
Michael Luisi
Michael A. Helfant
Robert L. Stein
Bradley Gallo

BUDGET
$13 million

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