Brad Anderson directed The Call (2013), which stars Halle Berry. This psychological thriller, which should not be confused the Korean mindbender with the same name, is experiencing a revival thanks to bored streamers as well as Netflix. This nail-biter with a lot of twists is great for a weekend movie. This is all you need to know about The Call.
Halle Berry’s Jordan Turner in Los Angeles is a 911 operator. She has been with 911 since 1984 and is an experienced operator who has seen it all. After a bad call six months ago, she now serves as a trainer for new recruits. Jordan helps new operators stay calm and detached, something she struggled with after the terrible call. Six months ago, Leah Templeton, a 15-year-old girl, went missing. Jordan later found her body after Jordan made her 911 call. Jordan is haunted today by the ghost of the girl she couldn’t help but love. She feels guilty for giving away the girl’s position, and even more when she pleads to the killer not to hurt Leah. He instead told her chillingly that it was already done.
Now Jordan is a trainer and is unable to take calls anymore. Jordan steps in when a rookie dispatcher can’t handle Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin), a girl taken from a mall. Casey’s cell phone is not readable and cannot be tracked. They have very little information. They know that the kidnapper is Michael (Michael Eklund) and have limited information about his appearance and the car. Jordan suggests that Casey remove the taillight and insert her arm through the hole in order to attract attention. Michael escapes detection before she can realize her plan.
Review of ‘The Call (2013) Movie Review
“The call” starts with a bird’s eye view of the city, and then a series of 911 operators answering calls. Some are funny and some are serious. The movie then jumps into the building of the plot. It is fast-paced. Berry answers a call from a teenage girl about a home invasion and makes an important mistake that leads to the girl’s kidnapping. The body of the girl is found in shallow burial the next day.
Berry’s coworkers aren’t holding her accountable for the error, but she does quit answering calls to concentrate on training new operators. Six months later, Berry is leading a group to the Hive for their first tour when she gets a call from a teenager ( Abigail Brist). She has been kidnapped by her mother and is held in a car trunk. Veteran Berry reluctantly steps in when the operator doesn’t know what to say.
Breslin says that she was kidnapped from a mall parking garage by an unknown man. Her trunk also contained a spade. This suggests that her kidnapper intends to kill and bury Breslin. It doesn’t take genius to see that the man who abducted Breslin was the same man who murdered the teenage girl six months earlier.
He is a classic serial-killer, an oddball serial-killer type played by a twitchy and hammy Michael Eklund. He enjoys corny music. When Breslin wakes, Taco’s “Puttin on the Ritz” is playing in his trunk. He is jittery, easily scared and easily anxious. He appeared unprepared to face a person with a subterranean bunker that is dedicated to torturing blonde teens.
The core of “The Call” is the mobile phone Breslin calls from. The phone is one of those disposables that you pay as you go, so it won’t be possible to locate it. The car is also moving and Berry cannot pinpoint Berry’s exact location. It’s not an easy task (disposable phones may be traced), but it’s a fun cat and mouse premise. Berry and Breslin must team up to defeat the serial killer, without knowing his exact location.
With a little filmmaking imagination, and a good understanding of form, this idea could be achieved. The Call lacks both. The film is dull and uninteresting. It becomes tedious to see Berry sitting at her desk, crying into a headset and yelling. This idea is reminiscent of claustrophobia. Berry is at her desk while Breslin is in the trunk. However, ” The Call” seems too spatially disorganized to be frightening.
Thrillers are not something that happens by themselves. It’s a genre in which a lackluster style equals an absence of entertainment. Anderson attempts to make a movie more complicated by using freeze-frames.
“The Call”, in many ways, parallels Joel Schumacher’s ” Telephone Booth”(2002). It is another film with a simple, good premise that is destroyed through execution (interestingly Schumacher was originally scheduled to direct “The Call”.
“Phone Booth” was, however, entertaining enough. Eklund’s freaky, eagle-eyed performance is the best “The Call” has to offer. It is more acid causality than calculated psychopath.
Who is the serial killer in “The Call” movie?
Jordan asks Casey to make a trail with the white paint from the trunk, so you can quickly recall what happens in the middle. A good Samaritan, who cannot see the trace in the sky, warns the killer about the “leaking” painting.
The assailant turns sharply right and stops in a parking lot. The Samaritan, later identified as Alan Denado by our database, approaches the killer to inquire if there is anything wrong. The killer informs the man of the contents of his trunk while he is still unsure and dials 911.
On the other side, the killer abducts Alan and his car, leaving behind the red Camry that was registered to an older adult. The predator appears and starts stabbing Alan several times as Jordan is talking on the phone. The predator then pulls over to the side of the road and fills up the tank.
Casey climbs out of the trunk and walks through the front door to request assistance from the employee at the gas station. The killer, however, sprays oil on Casey and sets him ablaze.
After killing the two men, he takes Casey to a hidden place. He hangs up his phone and says, “It’s over,” reminding Jordan about Leah’s murder. Paul, however, grabs the Camry’s coffee cup and finds the fingerprint ID of the killer.
Michael Lewis Foster was the killer. He was arrested in 1995 for arson after he allegedly set his home on fire at 1765 Oakcreek Lane, Santa Clarita Hills. The barn next to the victim may have been the place where the killer might have taken his victim.
WHAT IS THE CALLED? THE CALLED PLOT SUMMER:
Brad Anderson directs The Call and Richard D’Ovidio writes it. It follows Jordan Turner (Halle Berry), who is a long-serving operator for LAPD 9-1-1. Although she’s used to handling difficult situations and saving lives every day, she’s still devastated to be unable to help Leah Templeton (15 years old), who was killed by an intruder at her home. Jordan’s call to the teenager gives the intruder’s identity to Evie Thompson. Jordan calls the killer and she attempts to dissuade the killer from committing the crime. He then hangs up.
Jordan feels partially responsible and broken for the tragedy and decides to quit her job. She then dedicates six months to training other 9-1-1 operators. Jordan takes over when Brooke, a rookie operator, is unable handle a high-pressure call from Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin). Jordan then pulls the veteran vet in on the most difficult and high-stakes rescue attempt she has ever made to save Casey’s lives.
Jordan attempts to trace Casey’s call but can’t because it was from a burner telephone. She knows that Michael, a man who identified himself as Michael, took Casey from a mall parking lot and locked her up in his car’s trunk. Jordan calls Casey while she’s still on the phone and asks her to remove one of the car’s tail lights to help make it easier to locate the vehicle, and to alert others that she is in trouble. It seems that this works when Casey is spotted by a woman as she tries to remove the tail light. She then calls 9-1-1 using a GPS trackable phone. Michael quickly catches on to her and is able to avoid potential capture.
Jordan refuses to give up and hears Casey’s story. She finds a can full of paint in her trunk. He tells Jordan to pour it out of the broken light so that she attracts attention. It works! Alan Denado (Michael Imperoli), another driver, sees the paint and goes to Casey. Success? No. Michael quickly knocks Alan out and stuffs him in his car with Casey. Then, he stabs him to death. Casey attempts to get help at a nearby gas station, but Micael is always the buzzkill and burns Casey alive.
Alan and Casey finally arrive at the former’s location and Casey discovers Casey’s burner phone. She has been calling 9-1-1 all the time. He takes it and Jordan tells him that the police have his identity as Michael Foster (Michael Eklund). Jordan advises him to surrender. Jordan realizes that Michael is the same man who murdered Leah months ago and he hangs up.
Although it may seem that Michael is in a corner, things get more wild from here (which is probably why so many people are still unsure about the ending).
WHAT IS THE CALL EXPLAINED?
Jordan’s boyfriend Officer Paul Phillips (Morris Chestnut) leads the raid on Michael’s house. The police find the criminal’s spouse and children. Paul notices a photo of Micheal’s sister. He also discovers that the cottage nearby is still standing, while the house in that photo has been destroyed. The police searched the cottage but found nothing. Jordan then senses something was up and visits the cottage to find photos of Michael and his sister.
Jordan leaves and recognizes the sound coming from the nearby flagpole as the one she heard at her end of the call. This invigorates her search for Casey who she now knows to be nearby. In the same spot as the burned down house, she finds a cellar door. She accidentally drops her phone down the hole. When she reaches the bottom to retrieve her phone, it becomes clear that Michael had very troubling memories. He was in love with his sister and became deeply depressed when she died from cancer. He treats his prop head as his sister. In an effort to match his sister’s blonde hair, he has been killing and scalping young girls.
Michael is torturing Casey amid all of this. Jordan discovers that Michael is trying to scalp Casey. This leads to a fight in which Casey stabs Michael in the back with scissors. The two women push Michael into the cellar, rendering him unconscious, and tie him to a chair. Michael finally comes to the realization that he would be left here to die. They had already formulated a plan to claim Casey ran away and Jordan found Casey in the woods. Everyone came to the conclusion that Michael was gone.
Michael is forced into a corner and taunts and berates women, before finally asking for his life as the desperate, sad creature that he is. Jordan scolds the women, saying that they can’t do it to him. Jordan then snarls, “It’s already done.” Before closing the door and leaving Jordan for dead, Although it may not be the most happy ending, it is at least one that Jordan and Casey get sweet, sweet revenge. They are freed and alive and can walk away from their mutual tormenter for good.
Is Michael die at the End of the Film?
Michael continues his surgery on Casey, Jordan comes out of hiding and gives Michael a hard hit to the skull. Michael tries to submerge Jordan in a nearby bathtub, but Casey stabbingly attacks Michael. Jordan runs for her life after the distraction and Michael follows her. As they emerge from the underground tunnel dungeon, Casey puts the scissor through Jordan’s back.
Jordan tied Michael to a chair at the end of the scene, mocking her for not having the courage to do terrible things as she is the operator. Jordan and Casey leave Michael after tying him. Casey uses Michael’s humor against him and the result is poetic retribution.
We doubt Michael will be able endure being held in isolation for so long without food and drink. We don’t believe Michael will end up in prison if Jordan tells Paul her story.
Even by exploitation movie standards, the climax seems absurd and morally questionable. Anderson has the chance to create gloomy and claustrophobic terror. “The Call” is a masterpiece of hackwork in the last 15 minutes. It does not soar high, however.