When a kidnapped girl calls 911 to say she’s in danger, Jordan, a 911 operator, is offered a chance to redeem herself when she receives a call from her. As a result of Jordan’s past experience, the girl’s life is saved.
Release date: 5 April 2013
Director: Brad Anderson
Story by: Richard D’Ovidio; Nicole D’Ovidio; Jon Bokenkamp
Box office: $68.6 million
Writers: Richard D’Ovidio(screenplay)Nicole D’Ovidio(story)Jon Bokenkamp(story)
Stars: Halle BerryEvie ThompsonAbigail Breslin
“The Call,” a thriller movie by Brad Anderson, is set in 2013. The story revolves around Jordan (Halle Berry), an emergency call operator at the Hive. Having made a life-altering phone call, Jordan is unsure of herself. As soon as she gets a similar call on her phone, she has to act quickly to catch a dreadful killer.
In the metropolis, there’s a possible serial murderer on the loose. As the film shows a gloomy and dirty Los Angeles rarely seen on film, the use of freeze frames heightens the suspense. Though certain portions of the film are best left up to interpretation, the conclusion brings closure. For those who wish to know more about the end of the narrative, we are here to help.
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The Call (2013)Plot Synopsis:
Operators at the Hive are kept busy all day responding to emergency calls. Leah Templeton’s call is answered by Jordan Turner, a seasoned operator. Someone has broken into Leah’s Hancock Park house while her parents are gone.
Leah flees to her upstairs bedroom, which has an unlocked door, after the thief breaks in through the window. Leave the room and hide on the window sill, Jordan tells Leah, as he orders her. When Jordan calls, the thief departs for a short while but returns to expose Leah.
There’s no way Jordan can forgive herself for the mistake she made the day before. They find Leah’s body in a Lancaster field hidden behind a tree. At a separate event, Casey Nelson (Abigail Breslin) and a buddy go shopping in the downtown mall Shopping Plaza.
The buddy, on the other hand, has to be at school early in order to pick up her younger brother. Suddenly, a driver reverses, breaking Casey’s phone as she heads to the subterranean parking lot. When the driver exits his vehicle, Casey is thrown into the trunk.
However, investigators are unable to locate Casey’s cell phone since it is a throwaway model. While teaching the apprentices, Jordan overhears one of her coworkers making a distress call. Casey’s conversation is cut short when Jordan asks him to turn on his tail light. Following the directions and waving her hand, Casey receives a tip from a passing person.
A right-left onto Fernando Boulevard brings them to Highway 170. Officer Paul Phillips, Jordan’s love interest, steps in to help the girl while Jordan is on the phone. Leah’s death was caused by the kidnapper who kidnapped Casey.
Movie Review ‘The Call’ (2013) :
In “The Call,” the film begins with a panoramic picture of the city and a montage of 911 operators handling calls, some of which are lighthearted and others of which are more sombre. Immediately after that, the movie begins to build up the story, which is fast-paced, to begin with. Berry attends to a home invasion call from a teen girl and makes a minor but significant blunder, resulting in the kidnapping of the girl. After a few days, her body is found in a shallow grave in the woods.
However, she has retired from answering phones in order to devote more time to training new employees. Berry isn’t held liable for the blunder. When she returns six months later, she’s leading a group of trainees on their first tour of the Hive and receives a call from a kidnapped teen (Abigail Breslin). Berry hesitantly assumes control when the operator who answers the phone is unsure of what to do.
It is implied that her kidnapper intends to kill and bury Breslin after she was kidnapped from the parking lot of a mall by an unknown man. Nobody needs to be an expert to realise that the man who abducted and murdered the adolescent six months earlier is the same man who kidnapped and killed Breslin.
Michael Eklund plays him as a jittery, hammy oddball serial killer. In his trunk, Taco’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is blaring as Breslin wakes up. He’s apprehensive and jittery. His lack of preparedness for someone with a full subterranean bunker devoted to torturing blonde teenagers was evident.
The central premise of “The Call” revolves around the mobile phone Breslin uses to make the call. It’s a disposable phone, so the call centre won’t be able to locate it. Breslin and Berry, on the other hand, are unable to locate her because the car is moving. It’s a fun cat-and-mouse game, despite the difficulty of not knowing where the serial killer is or where he’s going because he’s using a disposable telephone.
Using a little filmmaking imagination and an understanding of formal composition, this idea could be realised. “The Call” is lacking in both. It’s hard to get into the movie. There are too many pictures of Berry yelling and crying into a headset at her desk. The idea of claustrophobia, Berry is trapped at her desk, while Breslin is trapped in the trunk, but “The Call” is too spatially jumbled to be frightening.
Thrillers don’t just happen; they’re a genre in which a lack of creativity is equated to a lack of enjoyment. Freeze frames are an attempt by Anderson to give the impression that a screenwriter is overcomplicating a simple task.
Joel Schumacher’s “Phone Booth” (2002) is a film that bears a striking resemblance to “The Call” in many areas, a film that has a nice, uncomplicated premise but is ruined by its execution.
It was at least amusing to watch “Phone Booth,” though. “The Call” can only summon Eklund’s bug-eyed act, which is more freaked-out acid causality than planned psychopath.
In this thriller film “The Call,” who is the serial killer?
To refresh your memory about what occurs in the middle, Jordan initially requests that Casey leave traces on the road with the white paint in the trunk. A good Samaritan warns the killer about the “leaking” paint, but the trail in the sky is undetectable.
The assailant abruptly makes a right turn and comes to a stop in a parking lot. The Samaritan (whom the database eventually identified as Alan Denado) approaches the murderer and inquires as to whether anything is wrong. While the guy, still uncertain, phones 911, the killer informs him about the trunk’s mess.
On the other side, the murderer kidnaps him and his vehicle, abandoning the red Camry that was initially registered to an elderly woman. When Alan regains consciousness and begins to scream, the predator reappears and repeatedly stabs him while Jordan is on the phone. He then pulls off to the side of the road to refuel.
Casey exits the trunk through the front door, pleading with the gas station clerk for aid. On the other side, the murderer pours oil on the attendant and ignites him.
After murdering these two individuals, he takes Casey to a secluded location. “It’s already over,” he adds as he hangs up, bringing Jordan’s attention back to Leah’s death. On the other hand, Paul recovers the coffee cup from the Camry and learns the killer’s fingerprint identification.
The murderer, Michael Lewis Foster, was arrested in 1995 on suspicion of arson after reportedly setting fire to his own home at 1765 Oakcreek Lane in the Santa Clarita Hills. However, the attacker may have taken his victim to the barn next door.
What Method Does Jordan Use to Track Down the Killer’s Residence? What is the identity of the girl in Michael’s house photos?
In order to keep the public safe, police have built up barriers around the perimeter. After receiving the message, “It’s already finished,” Jordan is unable to leave the Hive. As the memory of Leah’s phone call returns, her boss reminds her that she has followed every procedure. It appears that certain things are beyond our control.
The sound of a click can be heard nearby as Jordan turns up the volume on the talk from a few seconds earlier. To save Casey, she sets the GPS for Michael’s Oakcreek Lane home, with this information. In a different event, Paul stumbles upon the black Lincoln by the side of the road.
Because of this, the killer does not know that Jordan is in his den. There appears to be no one in the red-brick house, so she wanders over there. Jordan, on the other hand, stumbles upon many photographs of a young lady who remarkably resembles Casey, the PR assistant (person reporting). The photos are of no value for the time being, but the American flag in the courtyard could hold some significance.
A connected metal disc is making an audible buzzing noise, and Jordan hears it and follows the trail it leads down to the ground. The killer’s plan is revealed to Jordan when he glances through a slit in the closet. Probably because his sister, the girl in the photo, had a cancerous disease (possibly cancer) that caused her hair to fall out, the killer removes the hair and follicles from the brains of his victims. We have no idea what’s happened to her. The death of his sister may have triggered the incestuous brother’s psychosis.
Is Michael supposed to die at the end of the film?
Jordan comes out of hiding and hits Michael in the head with a hard punch. Michael is still operating on Casey. Casey stabs Michael with a medical scissor as Michael tries to put Jordan in the bathtub next door. Due to the distraction, Jordan runs for her life, and Michael is right behind her. They emerge from a dungeon in the ground and Casey cuts Jordan in the back with scissors. The killer can’t get to them before that.
Finally, Jordan ties Michael to a chair and taunts her for not having the courage to do bad things because she is the operator. Jordan and Casey, on the other hand, leave after tying Michael. Casey, on the other hand, uses Michael’s sense of humour against him, which leads to poetic retribution.
The door will be closed when they do this. We don’t think Michael will be able to stay inside for long without food or drink. Suppose Jordan tells Paul about her trip. Michael could end up in prison, which we don’t think is very likely.
Even by the standards of exploitation films, the climax is ridiculous and morally wrong. It does, however, give Anderson the chance to do what he does best: make people feel claustrophobic and gloomy. This happens in the last fifteen minutes or so of “The Call.” It’s a shame, but it doesn’t fly very high.
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