Greg Gayne
March 28, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Call

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/15/13
performer
Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut
director
Brad Anderson
distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment
genre
Suspense, Thriller
We gave it a B

The ambitions of The Call director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) may be bottom-of-a-mineshaft low, but this tale of a 911 operator (Halle Berry) attempting to save the life of a kidnapped, stuffed-in-the-trunk of a car teen (Abigail Breslin) is surprisingly good, and surprisingly gruesome, fun. Michael Eklund makes the most of the maniac role, and Breslin is a sympathetic victim, even if the most alarming thing about the movie may be seeing the girl from Little Miss Sunshine stripped down to her bra. Finally, if you’re going to watch a movie in which two people talk on the phone for most of the film, it’s not the worst thing in the world for one of the folks involved to have the face of Storm from the X-Men. B

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