‘The Call’ dials up plenty of suspense
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 19:03
“The Call” builds plenty of suspense and intensity with Halle Berry taking the film’s
reins, but the plot takes a disappointing turn during its conclusion.
911 emergency dispatcher, Jordan (Halle Berry), is forced to confront a killer from her past when she receives a call from a young girl, Abigail Breslin, that has been kidnapped.
“The Call” builds suspense from the start. The film thrusts Jordan into a tense situation within the first few minutes of the film when a young girl calls saying a man is breaking into her house.
Suspense is abundant and relentless, which builds with only a few moments offered to catch your breath.
Suspense and tension are not enough to save “The Call” from its bizarre and unexpected conclusion. The film is promising up until its final 20 minutes.
The ending is obviously rushed and thrown together with the plot crashing to a halt so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. Not only does the film end abruptly, but the direction it takes is completely weird and unnecessary.
Emotions go from tense to weirded out very quickly.
“The Call” builds tension and even a rashy-yet-intriguing story that spirals downward to disappointment at an incredible speed.
Halle Berry’s performance is fiery and fierce. She carries herself with confidence despite her traumatic past and builds a strong character.
Berry’s emotions are brilliantly displayed, and she performs solidly even through the strange, twisted ending. Breslin also performs solidly for someone who spends a majority of the film stuck in a trunk.
Their performances together are sure to pull at some heartstrings while Berry confronts her past and Breslin captures the feeling of a frightened teenage girl.
“The Call” packs an intense punch up until the very end when the promising film takes a turn for the sadistic and weird.
The Call” is rated R for violence, disturbing content and some language.