Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Call by Brad Anderson, 2013 (R)
with Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Rango), Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, David Otunga, Michael Imperioli (Love in the Time of Money), Justina Machado, José Zúñiga, Roma Maffia, Evie Thompson, Denise Dowse, Ella Rae Peck
When an abducted teenage girl makes a frantic call from the trunk of a serial killer's speeding car, she connects with a sympathetic 911 operator who's dealt with the perpetrator in the past.
The concept is great, for more than three quarter of the movie, there is a woman in a truck, and a woman on the call center, so connected you are buying the story. The suspense is really good, the acting excellent, the little you see is the little you need to see, no more. No flash back, no explanation, just the moment. The bizarre twist of the end was completely unnecessary, but anyway, 3/4 of a movie being excellent is still worth seeing. It reminded me in a less extreme way of Buried by Rodrigo Cortés with Ryan Reynolds.