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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.

Film4 doesn’t do comments, so please feel free to come back and talk about the film and my review here.

UK
DVD/streaming

Amazon UK DVD
US/Canada release date: Mar 15 2013 | UK release date: 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
  • 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?