I was actually semi-surprised byÂ 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 BerryÂ andÂ Abigail BreslinÂ — 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. Â A 911 operator takes a call from a girl that’s been kidnapped and is in the trunk of a car. Â After a bad experience with a similar situation months earlier,Â Halle Berry‘s character Jordan takes the reigns on the phone and tries to helpÂ Abigail Breslin‘s Casey escape.
A solid concept for the story, and one that I enjoyed.
Abigail BreslinÂ gives a riveting performance as the girl who thinks she’s about to die. Â At some times I almost believed she was really in danger. Â Her screams were deafening at times, but I enjoyed it.
Halle BerryÂ is equally as great as she always is. Â 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. Â Without giving anything away (though you can probably guess what happens), I enjoyed the last few minutes quite a bit. Â It was a nice change to see it end the way that it did.
I also quite enjoyed the way it was filmed. Â 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!” Â I quite liked that. It wasn’t something I’ve often seen in other movies.
Would I recommendÂ The Call?Â Sure. Â 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.
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