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.
It’s been a long six months since I saw Star Trek, which was my favorite movie of the year. It’s been six months, so it’s tough to compare that with what could be my absolute favorite movie of the year, Zombieland.
Thinking back on how much I enjoyed both films, Zombieland stands out more. I had more fun with Zombieland. I left the theater smiling after both flicks, sure. But was Zombieland a better movie than Star Trek? I think, in the end, it was.
For those of you who haven’t seen Zombieland yet, you’re missing out on a world of pure awesome. There’s absolutely nothing, at all, wrong with Zombieland in the slightest bit. It’s picture perfect in every aspect of the digital world. There’s gore. There’s zombies. There’s a love story. There’s a hysterical cast. There’s an epic tale of trying to survive when every odd is stacked against you.
Did I mention the zombies? Good, because there’s a ton of them. And they all want to eat our main characters (Eisenberg, Harrelson, Stone and Breslin.)
If you enjoy the “comedy horror” genre at all, I absolutely guarantee that you’ll love Zombieland. There’s no doubt about it.
And it’s not just the zombies and the story and the script that make the movie so brilliant. It’s the little things, like how the shots are put together. The great use of onscreen graphics when each of the “rules” to survive is talked about by our main character Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg). It’s everything all put together that makes this movie so fantastic.
You’re reading this thinking to yourself “you sound like a rambling idiot”, and you’re right, I do. There’s just not enough good things I can say about Zombieland, it’s just that good. Enough ramblin’, go see the movie before it’s too late. You won’t regret it. This is certainly one for the DVD shelf when it comes out on Blu-ray.
It’s Friday, everybody! TGIF! Now it’s time to relax from the crazy goings-on all week, and possibly make a trip to the cinema! Even better, with Spring and Summer being my two favorite seasons, how stoked am I that the seasonal blockbusters are coming? So, with that being said, what have you got on the horizon this weekend? Will they rake it in, or take the loss?
Welcome to this week’s installment of WIB?! Here we go!
Leatherheads: Granted I like football, but combining it with those old screwball comedies? Interesting… Taking place in the 1920s, and starring George Clooney, John Krasinski, and Renee Zellweger, the movie shows a time when football as we now know it was in its infancy (the title refers to those spiffy caps worn back then). Two members of the squad are not only trying to help mold the sport, but end up falling for the same woman! Chuckles! Being in a film with these Hollywood heavyweights might be doing Krasinski some good! This could lead to quite a push for more big screen roles! Will It Bomb? Considering that this is an attempted return to a genre that has been out of circulation for a long time, this may not get too much of good rap by the modern generation. If anything, this should get a nibble, but only enough to make either the #8 or #9 slot.
Nim’s Island: Two actors who are just forging into kid-friendly films star alongside a juvenile actress who could end up with a career just as stellar as her co-stars. Abigail Breslin stars as a girl who lives on an island with her scientist father (Gerard Butler). She spends her days yukking it up with him and her animal friends. Daddy then disappears, and then enter, Jodie Foster! Foster’s connection seems pretty vague in the trailer, but if I nose around for spoilers, I might find out some more juicy stuff! Will It Bomb? While I hope that Butler and Foster go back into doing mature roles, it’s nice to see them branch out! This film is something for the children! That will absolutely bring this into the middle of the 10, and possibly edge into the Top 5! This will be the movie for that target market for the next couple of weeks!
Shine a Light: The Rolling Stones combined ages are probably at least close to, if not over, 250 years, but in my book, they still rock! Directed by Martin Scorsese, this showcases The Stones “A Bigger Bang” tour both on and off of the stage, and it looks like they rip it up harder and better every time they perform! They have more energy now than 30 years ago! Will It Bomb? One of the world’s biggest directors and one of the world’s greatest bands? That’s definitely money in the bank. This has an extremely good chance of getting into the 10, thanks to the baby boomers and younger fans!
The Ruins: Spare me! For those of you who haven’t been around since the beginning of my stint with MovieSnobs, my first review was for a flick called Turistas. Does anyone remember that? I didn’t think so! This is a total rip-off of that crapfest, but instead of the jungles of Brazil, this takes place in the jungles of Mexico, specifically by a Mayan temple. Again, a bunch of dippy vacationing collegiates decide to wander from their comfortable surroundings to the scary “real world” where they run screaming for dear life. Bad move! To add even more insult to injury, I’ve only heard of one cast member: Jena Malone. Will It Bomb? Absolutely! You couldn’t pay me enough money to go and see this dreck, and no one else will either! This will hit the rock bottom of the Top 10, if at all!
There you have it! All the dirt you need and want. Come on back early in the week for all the recaps you can handle over at DIB?! Have a great weekend!
Hey, everybody! I’m back! It’s time to find out just how close my predictions came to the reality of the Box Office scores! Are you ready? I know I need to tell you all about it, or I’ll burst!
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Definitely, Maybe: Soon-to-be divorced Ryan Reynolds is trying to explain to his daughter (Abigail Breslin) why his relationships didn’t go the way he hoped. The girl also adds her two cents to help them both heal. Will It Bomb? Very sweet film, plausible Top 5 slot, bringing Juno ahead and The Eye will fall behind. Did It Bomb? Not a bad call! This landed at #5, and brought with it $12.8 million! Outcome: Score! 1 out of 5.
Diary of the Dead: George Romero is back with his never-ending parade of the undead. Student filmmakers shooting a horror film come across those ever-so-popular zombies! Will It Bomb? There is nothing fresh or new in the horror horizon, so that should allow this to pull up a seat in the middle of the Top 10. Did It Bomb? Nobody was biting or chewing on this one (another pun intended). Screened at just over 40 theaters, this made a lackluster $275,000. Outcome: Strike! 1 out of 5.
Jumper: Anybody catch on to this film’s throwback to Quantum Leap? This stars Rachel Bilson as the semi-suspecting girlfriend and Darthy himself, Hayden Christensen, as the man who can move through time and space as his mood strikes him. Will It Bomb? Without a doubt, this will get into the 5, and will probably end up at #1. Did It Bomb? #1! Total $33.9 million! Outcome: Score! 2 out of 5.
Step Up 2 the Streets: Take the first Step Up movie. Switch the actors, switch a little of the background. Boom. Ready-made sequel. Will It Bomb? More than you will ever know! No hope whatsoever. Did It Bomb? Talk about a complete and utter surprise! This wound up at #2? Following the weekend, this made $26.3 million? Am I dreaming? Outcome: Strike! 2 out of 5.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: A family, including Freddie Highmore and his twin (also played by Freddie Highmore) puts up stakes in a big, dusty house that’s chock-full over whatever exciting fantastical being you can think of! Will It Bomb? Nice chance of it getting into the low end of the Top 10, because of the kids who aren’t flocking to see Miley Cyrus. Did It Bomb? Here’s another one that performed above my expectations! This landed at the #3 position, with a total weekend take of $21.4 million Outcome: Strike! 2 out of 5.
***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).
Ouch! That didn’t play out the way I thought it would! Catch me later on this week with all the newest films over at WIB?! I hope this set will come out a little rosier! I will see you all then!
Good evening, everyone! The weekend has arrived! Am I excited!! As I do every week, I discuss what’s coming to the theaters! Are the flicks that are being thrown out there worth your hard-earned dough? Are you better off sitting on your couch with a nice, big bag of chips and a DVD?
Let’s break it all down, shall we? Welcome to this week’s installment of WIB?! Let the commentary begin!
Definitely, Maybe: Ryan Reynolds plays a single father to peanut Abigail Breslin, and to help them heal both their souls, the lass wants to help her dad figure out just what went wrong in his long term relationships (including that of his pending divorce from her mother). Cute kid, cute story. This gives me a nice, warm feeling. Will It Bomb? It does look really sweet, and Ryan could use another hit. I vote it’ll get in to the 5, probably knocking The Eye out of its spot, and bringing Juno up a notch or two.
Diary of the Dead: While the legacy of George Romero’s long-running zombie series has been heralded by many a horror filmmaker and fan, it may be time to hang it up…Only, that’s not going to happen anytime soon! While a bunch of students are making a little movie about zombies, they run into the flesh-eaters themselves, in the flesh (pun intended). Will It Bomb? There is no major horror flick shocking the public right now, so I think that the timing of this release will be to the film’s advantage. I believe that this will end up in the center of the Top 10.
Jumper: Hayden Christensen stars as someone who has the innate ability to travel through time to anywhere he pleases. Yes, there are obstacles (those trying to track him and his fellow jumpers down and do away with them) and possible romantic entanglement (with Rachel Bilson, who doesn’t know what’s going on, but only that her man is a little “different”).
Will It Bomb? From the moment this film was announced and the first trailer was released, I had only one thought in my mind: the classic late‘80s/early ‘90s series Quantum Leap! I am expecting this to end up in the Top 5, with a very strong possibility of the #1 slot.
Step Up 2 the Streets: Another step/dance-off movie? Arrrrggghhh. Another sequel? Arrrrggggggghhh. Just like the first one, we have a guy and a girl who are totally different, who come together through the international language of dance. That’s all you have to know. Will It Bomb? Bombs Away! If you saw the first one, you can tell that this is absolutely another rehash. There’s no point of even thinking this will go anywhere. It won’t. That’s showbiz.
The Spiderwick Chronicles:Freddie Highmore pulls double duty as twins in this fantasy flick. Based on the novel, the Grace twins, along with the rest of their family move into a humongous house and uncover all the secrets. You name it, they exist: fairies, ogres, the whole lot! Will It Bomb? I think this will make it into the low end of the 10. Target audience? That would be the older kids who have gotten over the Hannah Montana mania, as well as those who need another boost of the mystical and fantastical.
That’s going to do it for this week, kids! If you want to find out if I got these assessments right(and I’m sure that you do), come on back early next week and check out the official companion column, Did It Bomb?! Itching for more? WIB? returns late next week with the newbies. I will see you all then!