Sunday, June 30 2013, 02:53 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: The Call
Street Date: June 25, 2013
Available On: DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Synopsis: Halle Berry stars as a 911 operator who desperately tries to locate and aid a teenage girl who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a car.
Extras: Making-Of featurette and Audio Commentary
Blu-ray Excusive Extras: Alternate Ending, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Michael Eklund Audition Tape and “A Set Tour of the Hive and The Lair” and “Inside the Stunts” featurettes.
Recommendation: There are aspects of The Call that I found quite appealing. The first half of Richard D’Ovidio’s (Exit Wounds) screenplay is an effective and seemingly fresh thriller. The setup is a little gimmicky, but once the kidnapping takes place the film finds a nice rhythm that allows the tension to build. The second half of the film doesn’t completely waste this momentum but it does change course and strays into a few clichés as Halle Berry’s character steps out from behind her desk. In the hands of someone less talented than director Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian) The Call could have been a made-for-television type disaster. He, along with the cast, deserved a better script to work with.
The Call is worth a rent, but I’d be hard pressed to recommend buying it without knowing exactly what you’re getting yourself into.
-Ryan Michael Painter