Review: Coming from the makers of Thirteen Ghosts (2001) and The Machinist (2004), Richard D’Ovidio and Brad Anderson respectively, one can very well expect good thrills from The Call, and that’s precisely what the film does.
The Call stars Halle Berry as Jordan, who is a calm, emotionally honest, smart and a veteran operator at a California 911 call center. However, her world is rocked when she takes the tragic call of a teenage girl who is being abducted by a sadistic killer. Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin), a teenager is abducted from a mall parking by Michael Foster (Michael Eklund) a psychopath with a well rounded psychosis. Eklund has taken genuine effort in his performance as an abductor, trying to equal the level of classic movie serial killers like Anthony Perkins’ Norman Bates (Psycho) and Levine’s Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs). In fact, once Casey and her abductor make it to his hideout or his underground cell, one can see that the makers are inspired from Buffalo Bill’s hideout in The Silence Of The Lambs and also his disturbing modus operandi of abducting and skinning his victims to death to make a female skin suit.
Like most disturbing thrillers the film has some twisted violence, a couple of awkward scenes of a 16-year-old in a brassiere and most of all some extremely worrying implications of incest.
Everything about the film seems just right, it has good actors, a well-woven script, good direction yet the end is so unpredictable and dare I say bad, that it threatens to destroy everything that came before it and makes it half of a great movie.
The film has some really silly goof ups like, how does a killer find the time to wipe off finger prints when he’s in a hurry? Foster is a man who has committed murder in the past, how does he forget to take Casey’s cellphone from her pocket after he abducts her?
The Call contains one of the most monumental meltdowns that any film must have ever undergone. One moment, it’s an edge-of-your-seat cliff-hanging feature and the next, it’s an idiotic thriller that has an end so absurd that completely derails it.