Though in no way does The Call look good, it’s nice to see a high concept thriller on the big screen again. The premise is that Halle Berry is a 911 operator who gets a call from a serial killer’s victim and unintentionally exposes the victim’s location. And then a while later gets a chance to save another young girl (Abigail Breslin) from the same killer. But will she be able to save the girl in time? The trailer suggests yes, but you never know.
The film comes from director Brad Anderson, who got a lot of attention for The Machinist (which starred Christian Bale as an anorexic), so he’s obviously got some chops. And with films like this it’s all about stretching out the inevitable with good set pieces. There could be some in this, though it’s also at a disadvantage because its lead character is going to be reacting to the action from a distance.
It’s easy to point that this reminds of the thriller Cellular, which had a regular guy get put in the middle of a kidnapping when a victim randomly dials his phone, but that came out almost ten years ago, so who remembers that? Between Ashely Judd and Diane Lane, films like this used to come out every year or so (perhaps partly spawned by Silence of the Lambs), but it’s been a while since we’ve something like this on the big screen. As long as this film is under 100 minutes, it could be fun. Could be.
Do you have a favorite low budget thriller along these lines?