Synopsis: Halle Berry plays a 911 call operator Jordon who makes a mistake on an intruder call that leads to a girl's murder, when a similar situation arises she's determined not to make the same mistake again.
Stan's thoughts: For the first two thirds this is a tense thriller as Jordon tries to help kidnap victim Casey (Abigail Breslin) who's is in the boot of a car on her mobile. It's a fight against time as the police try to trace her disposable mobile (difficult apparently) and Jordon trying to keep Casey calm and help her escape.
*plot spoilers* The police eventually identify her kidnapper and find his holiday home, have a cursory look around (first dumb thing) don't discover the basement or his car which has mysteriously disappeared. They can find half a finger print on a broken bottle but not a tyre track.
But the big problem is born out of the fact that once Casey's phone call has been disconnected, Jordon's role has become redundant. How do we keep the the Hollywood star in the plot?
Answer: They send Jordon off up to the lonely hills to check the house out herself and of course it has suddenly become dark and she loses phone signal (it mysteriously comes back when the drama is all over) and she hasn't told anyone, especially her cop boyfriend, where she is going.
Naturally she discovers the basement and rescues Casey, all by herself, and I could have almost almost swallowed that if it wasn't for the final five minutes. Rather than calling the police to come and arrest our kidnapper and give the audience some sort of explanation as to why he's taking young girls and scalping them, they have Casey and Jordon decide to get their revenge. They drag the kidnapper back into the basement and tie him up and leave him. Because the police wouldn't have checked the place out once Casey reappeared. And they wouldn't want a murderer brought to justice, they'd rather leave him somewhere where he might might escape and kill again.
Someone needs to be slapped or sacked or something. Who attended the test screenings? Did they film different endings and not tell the cast which they would use? The Call went from a four star film to a two star film in about 20 minutes. Shame, shame, shame.Ratings
- Stan's: 30%
- IMDB: 66%
- Metascore: 51%
- Rotten Tomatoes: 43%
- RT audience rating: 67%