Some tense parts but a poor, lazy ending
- The Call review by RP
It's a thriller, the first half isn't bad, the ending is truly lazy. Err, that's it.
I quite enjoyed it - but it's one of those films you'll either love or hate. It's also very American and I'm not sure that I quite believe the emergency call centre setup - far too sophisticated, and I certainly don't believe the technology.
Halle Berry plays a 911 emergency call centre operator who handles a disturbing call during the kidnap of a teenage girl. Psychologically scarred, she retires from front line duties and becomes a trainer. While showing a newbie the ropes, in comes yet another call from a teenage kidnap victim. Suddenly unscarred, Halle Berry leaps into action and not only leads the chase for the kidnapper from in front of her screen and keyboard, but eventually transforms into action woman, tracks down the kidnapper in his lair and confronts him, leading to an even more unbelievable and very lazy ending.
The first half of the film is pretty good provided you can suspend your disbelief at times and there are some tense moments. But the thought of a call centre operator investigating and tracking down a dangerous criminal without help or backup strains credibility - but then perhaps they do things differently in the USA.
I have to say that generally I don't find Halle Berry a very convincing actress, and this film is no different. But I've seen a lot worse films than this...
Because I did quite enjoy it, I'll give it 3/5 stars - and if the ending hadn't been so poor I might even have given it an over-generous 4/5, but that ending is just so, so lazy.
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