Plot

When veteran 911 operator, Jordan (Halle Berry), takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life. (c) Sony

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Release date: Mar 15, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated R for violence, disturbing content and some language
 
Official website: http://www.call-movie.com/
 
Runtime: 94 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    The Call might not be a classic for the ages, but for a Friday night? For a movie to take people out of themselves? And to make them marvel at the viewing experience that just happened to them? This one is hard to beat. ...read more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    The Call for the most part is a tense, extreme-jeopardy thriller that delivers the intended goods. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Leah Churner
    A pastiche of classic plot devices scrounged from "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three," "The Conversation," "Blue Velvet," and dozens of other movies, the story often feels familiar, but director Anderson (The Machinist) has a such a flair for suspense that even the most jaded viewers will find themselves in a sweat. ...read more

  • 50
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    A sputtering, so-so B thriller with a neat hook but very little personality. ...read more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    For its last third, the entire thing gets a Frankensteinian head transplant, and turns into derivative serial-killer nonsense. ...read more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    The action starts with a bang, but deteriorates and grows more absurd as the story strays farther from the LAPD call center. ...read more

  • 50
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    The film is at once shamelessly transparent, manipulative, and far-fetched, and impossibly suspenseful. You'll want to take a shower afterward - that's how icky you'll feel. ...read more

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    You’ve seen pieces of this movie in “Psycho,” “Silence of the Lambs,” and 2004’s “Cellular.” Still, the early scenes in the Hive give The Call a needed novelty: It’s a workplace drama, and the work is responding to other people’s desperate worst-case scenarios. ...read more

  • 50
    The A.V. Club - by Scott Tobias
    All that unsavory business aside, the biggest problem with the third act is how the film discards the novelty of its own premise in order to bring its star into the action. When Berry trades her headset for a rock, it’s the bluntest metaphor imaginable for a film that’s completely lost its mind. ...read more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Rare is the thriller that goes as completely and utterly wrong as The Call does at almost precisely the one hour mark. Which is a crying shame, because for an hour, this is a riveting, by the book kidnapping. ...read more

  • 50
    Variety - by Andrew Barker
    There’s little to differentiate this high-pitched screamer from a particularly feverish “Law and Order” rerun. ...

  • 45
    NPR - by Ian Buckwalter
    The shoddy attention to character, plausibility and detail is particularly surprising coming from Anderson, a director of smart indie thrillers like "The Machinist," "Session 9" and "Transsiberian." He's been a gifted filmmaker with a talent for creating chilling tension through meticulous control of just these elements. ...read more

  • 40
    Village Voice - by Chris Packham
    The middle third of the film comprises the phone call, a tight 40 minutes. ...read more

  • 40
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    For 91 minutes of its briskly paced 94-minute running time, the film works as a tightly wound bit of pins-and-needles storytelling. Then, Anderson lets it all unravel in a three-minute stretch of cheap writing that not only betrays the characters he worked so hard to develop, but that also thumbs its nose at any audience members with a brain. ...read more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times - by Sheri Linden
    It buzzes along for a while, the promising plot innovations inviting suspension of disbelief, before by-the-numbers implausibility, over-the-top valor and unsavory contrivances take over and the line goes dead. ...read more

  • 38
    New York Post - by Sara Stewart
    I’ll say one thing for The Call: Its ending is actually a bit of a surprise. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, pow! I’ll be damned, Hollywood, you still have the power to blindside. ...read more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine - by Calum Marsh
    Brad Anderson's film is defined by an often frustrating combination of cleverness and stupidity. ...read more

  • 33
    Film.com - by Laremy Legel
    An active affront to logic, placing us in a world we firmly know doesn’t exist. ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. kanney

    No complaints this thriller grabs your attention from the start, leaves you wanting more in the end.5/5




  2. angelofdesire

    Excellent,gripping stuff….4.5/5




  3. Zerrhh

    Awesome film! Abigail Breslin stole the film for me, what a fantastic performance! Think the Taken films but with the bad guy being a serial killer, 90mins of pure entertainment.




  4. TheSuperFreak

    Really good flick. I was at a suspense the entire time. A little scary but in a good way. I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend to watch it. Great movie. The end was good, but personally I would have done it differently. Nice twist though. 7/10. The quality is pretty good. Sound is great. I think it cuts a little bit of the screen off and it doesn’t focus sometimes but overall it was a pretty good quality.




  5. mitziuk

    Brilliant!! Absolutely loved this ! Hallie Berry played her roll very well as did the young girl ! Brilliant story , lot’s of ‘sat on the edge of my seat…holding my breath’ moments , This is going in my list of faves, will watch again no doubt ! **would like to thank all up loaders who bring us these new releases so fast ! Also Kudos a go out to all Emergency call operators across the world , they do an amazing job under extreme pressure! 5/5