Review: The Call

Halle Berry is Jordan Turner, a 911 operator who decided to step away from the 911 call centre and become a trainer when a decision she made contributed to the abduction and subsequent death of a teenaged girl. However while on a routine floor tour with incoming recruits, she gets dragged into a call, which is very much like the call she took 6 months ago. Can she right the wrongs of that last call and save this teenaged girl (Abigail Breslin)?

The first thing that pops up on the screen, when the lights go down in the cinema, is the WWE Studios (World Wrestling Entertainment Studios) logo. You can’t help but think, this can’t bode well. How can a wrestling entertainment company produce a high quality thriller?

Well they started in the right manner by casting great female talent who can hold their own on screen – Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin,

It was good to see strong female characters on the screen who didn’t need a man to save the day. However, the way they handled things in the end was farcical and took from their characters. Knowing this why did the actresses sign up and why didn’t they demand some script changes?!

The first 80 minutes of The Call was actually not bad. Yes it was formulaic, with a lot of convenient set ups along the way to make sure one scene moved very smoothly to the next (as is often done in WWE wrestling matches). The cheesy and convenient set ups could be overlooked though because there were some genuine tense moments and some jumps to be had through out the film.

However, it all unraveled in the last 15 minutes. It was like everyone panicked when it was time for the big finale.  You could almost hear the off screen screams of “What do we do? Should some WWE dramatics be thrown in? Let’s just make it a free for all?”

My call – don’t pick up the phone! Let it ring out. Oh and stay out of the cinema this weekend, it’s bad! Turn on your TV instead for high quality drama and thrillers.

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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