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Halle Berry in The Call trailer

The Call is a new film featuring Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut and Michael Imperioli from director Brad Anderson and writer Richard D'Ovidio. It tells the story of a 911 operator who receives a call from a girl who is being abducted by a man that the operator recognises as a serial killer from a call she received in her past. She feels a responsibility to the girl as the previous call resulted in the death of a girl and so she does everything she can to save this one.

It's an interesting concept and Berry plays the operator, couple that with the director of Session 9, The Machinist and Transsiberian, and it looks like we could be in for a strong thriller.

The trailer does back that up, even if I am thinking of Immortals, even Brake (Filmstalker review) when I see some of the car scenes, but the problem with it lies in the latter stages of the trailer when we see that the story can't keep within the confines of the 911 operator relationship.

Here's the trailer for The Call which comes through TrailerAddict:

Now you perhaps see what I mean, despite the clever idea they have to have the operator come face to face with the killer and for me that seems a little bit pushed. Of course I'm basing that on seeing films where the main character is displaced from the action in a similar way but they somehow get pulled into being the main person on scene come the finale which often stretches the believability of the initial premise, particularly when it's something to do with their job and it would never happen in the real world. Plus, I'm basing all this on the trailer and we know how often things change from trailer to trailer never mind to the actual film.

Still, I'm hopeful for the Brad Anderson direction and for a strong Halle Berry performance.




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