Malaysian release date: 14 March 2013
Running Time: 96 minutes
Director: Brad Anderson
Cast: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin
Synopsis: “Set against the backdrop of an emergency call center, this fast paced suspense thriller follows an emergency operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a disturbed killer” (GSC / NEF).
Verdict: The trailer gave away too much and that makes the film more predictable than it already could be. The first half of the movie is quite interesting and educative, just like watching a well-produced PSA for the first time, but everything that happens is just too convenient (refer to spoiler section below), which makes the situation quite unrealistic. The second half is very cliched, featuring the overused formula of its genre, and familiar ideas from other films. The Call may be thrilling for those who hasn’t seen enough of the similar kind that usually releases around this time of the year. Pedophiles might like The Call the most ’cause they’d get to see 15 year-old Abigail Breslin in her bra for the whole final third of the movie (or is she too old?). A pretty convincing performance by the teenager, by the way.
Second opinion: “It’s very watchable; there’s even a touching moment that I felt” (Koh Kian Fai).
Malaysian censorship: Nothing’s cut, hooray!
Rating: 2.5 / 5
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Just so happens… that Casey’s (Abigail Breslin) friend leaves her phone behind for her to find it. Just so happens that the kidnapper (Michael Eklund) doesn’t check her body thoroughly to ensure that she doesn’t have anything that she can use to escape or say, another phone? Just so happens that the kidnapper likes to turn on the music really loud while having his abductee inside the car trunk, which allows her to talk all she wants on the phone for help without being noticed by him. Just so happens that the whole bunch of police cannot find the kidnapper’s secret basement but the heroine (Halle Berry), a 911 emergency operator, can. Just so happens that the heroine’s phone doesn’t crack or spoil after falling off from the height of over 10 feet. Just so happens that the heroine doesn’t call for backup and decides to explore the basement alone. Just so happens that the heroine is smart enough to find the basement but too stupid to ensure that the kidnapper won’t get back up and attack her. Just so happens that Casey’s a tough girl who, at the beginning, don’t even dare to call her friend a bitch. #JustSoHappens
Nobody in the film feels sorry for… the people who die trying to help Casey =(
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Special thanks to Nuffnang for the invites to the local premiere.