run time: 94 mins
considered: Crime, Thriller
starring: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund
movie summary: When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: Halle Barry takes on the difficult job of 911 operator Jordan Turner in The Call. She is one of Los Angeles’ best 911 operators, but her career changes one day with an abduction call. A young girl gets abducted and killed, while Jordan is unable to save her. This incident takes a toll on her mentally and after six months she has moved away from being an operator to teaching new recruits.
On a beautiful sunny day in downtown Los Angeles another young girl name Casey Welson gets kidnap in a mall parking lot. She is thrown into the trunk of a car and driven out to the country side. Casey is lucky to have a pre-paid cell phone with her, so she calls 911. A newly hired operator gets the call, but doesn’t know how to handle the situation. Jordan takes over the call and spends the next hour and half trying to find the car and rescue the girl.
Together the two girls come with creative ways to stay calm, draw attention to the car, and plan an escape. Casey’s actions set off a chain reaction of unplanned stops, random people getting killed, and her abductor to alter his original plans.
The Call was recommended to me by a friend. He told me that he doesn’t watch a lot of movies, but this was one he really enjoyed. I thought the plot was believable and real, just wish I could have been around during script writing to see who came up with such creative ways to damage a car from inside of the trunk. The only downside to the whole movie for me was the part when Jordan decides to take matters into her hands and track down Casey and her abductor down all by herself. As far as I know, she is only a 911 operator, not a police officer or detective. Her plan is unrealistic and foolish, but Hollywood always needs a knight in shining armour.
my star rating: 7 out 10