Holy Holly—Halle Berry!
Halle Berry’s cinematic output of late ain’t what it used to be. Easily forgettable outtings like CATWOMAN, NEW YEAR’S EVE and CLOUD ATLAS makes one wonder who’s picking the projects for her these days.
Well Good Golly Miss Molly, the boys from the WWE—as in that wrestling conglom—have cast her in its studio’s latest thriller. And it’s a surprisingly tense one.
THE CALL has Ms. Berry in the role of veteran 9-1-1 operator Jordan taking those emergency as well as goofy calls on a continuing basis in an L.A. center.
But one cry for help stands out.
It’s from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) who’s been kidnapped from a shopping mall parking garage and now being transported in the trunk of the bad guy’s car to who knows where—and WHY?
Jordan now realizes that the kidnapper is the same lunk who killed another young woman whose emergency call she had answered and whose death she feels responsible for.
That makes this call from the victim in the trunk PERSONAL!
Fast forward to the near climax of the police chase during which Jordan is trying to keep the girl on the line, and things start looking real bad.
You guessed it, Halle Berry takes matters into her own hands. She physically tracks down the scumbag who’s holding the girl and…..and….and……
Disturbingly violent but effectively filmed and edited, THE CALL delivers what it promises. Namely an hour and a half of edge of your seat thrills and a pounding soundtrack to match.
THE CALL, also starring Morris Chestnut and Michael Eklund, raises 3-1/2 out of 5 tense fingers.
(Reviewed at AMC Town Center, Leawood, Ks.)