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The Call review: the call is coming from inside the movie!

The Call green light Halle Berry

Tense, effective popcorn pulp that smashes to smithereens the tired trope of woman-as-victim.
I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): the trailer looked dreadful

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

My review of The Call — the pulpy crime thriller in which Halle Berry’s 911 operator takes a call from teenager Abigail Breslin, who is locked in the trunk of her kidnapper’s car — is up now over at Film4.com. Please click over to read it.

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The Call (2013)
US/Can release: Mar 15 2013
UK/Ire release: Sep 20 2013

MPAA: rated R for violence, disturbing content and some language
BBFC: rated 15 (contains strong language, bloody violence and sustained threat)

viewed in 2D
viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

official site | IMDb | trailer
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

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  • RogerBW

    Having seen the trailer and read other reviews, I’m still amazed that you found this worth watching — but the review makes sense. Which means I’m going to have to watch the thing for myself. See that, film companies?

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