- The Smurfs 2
I was actually semi-surprised by¬†The Call, I was honestly expecting to completely hate it and want to smash my TV after I watched it.
But I didn’t hate it and definitely didn’t smash my TV, despite this being a “WWE Studios” film, which are notoriously horrible.
Unlike most WWE Studios films, this one had some actual star power in Halle Berry¬†and¬†Abigail Breslin¬†– that didn’t stop them from adding in wrestler-turned-quasi-actor David Otunga, and round out the cast with a bunch of relative unknowns.
The premise of the movie sounded enticing, which is why I decided to give it a viewing last night. ¬†A 911 operator takes a call from a girl that’s been kidnapped and is in the trunk of a car. ¬†After a bad experience with a similar situation months earlier,¬†Halle Berry‘s character Jordan takes the reigns on the phone and tries to help¬†Abigail Breslin‘s Casey escape.
A solid concept for the story, and one that I enjoyed.
Abigail Breslin¬†gives a riveting performance as the girl who thinks she’s about to die. ¬†At some times I almost believed she was really in danger. ¬†Her screams were deafening at times, but I enjoyed it.
Halle Berry¬†is equally as great as she always is. ¬†She conveys a pain from her character that you’d expect, given the situation she’s placed in.
My favorite part was towards the end. ¬†Without giving anything away (though you can probably guess what happens), I enjoyed the last few minutes quite a bit. ¬†It was a nice change to see it end the way that it did.
I also quite enjoyed the way it was filmed. ¬†It’s hard to explain but during key points in action shots, the video freeze frames for a second right before something’s about to happen, almost like a teaser of “this guy’s going to do something right now!” ¬†I quite liked that. It wasn’t something I’ve often seen in other movies.
Would I recommend¬†The Call?¬†Sure. ¬†If you’re at home on a weekend and want to grab something mindless but fun from Redbox or Netflix, have at it. It’s a great hour and a half.