It must be nerve wracking and heart wrenching to be a 911 operator and to be listening to people through the phone going through an emergency situation and you can’t do anything more than dispatch the appropriate emergency services to their location and hope that they arrive in time to help!
Imagine if you couldn’t even send help their way because they can’t tell you where they are and the phone they are using doesn’t have G.P.S. technology built into it! Imagine you are hearing that person begging and pleading for their life, and all you can do is listen. That’s the situation where Halle Berry finds herself in the movie “THE CALL” with Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, and Michael Eklund.
Jordan Turner (Berry) is an experienced emergency services operator who takes a call at the beginning of the movie from a young girl, Leah Templeton as her house is being broken into by a burglar. Jordan tells her to hide upstairs in her bedroom to give the police time to get to her. When she hears him in the house coming up the stairs, Jordan instructs Leah to open her window and throw her shoes out of the window, but to hide under the bed. She does it and he takes the bait and heads back downstairs to pursue his prey, but just at that moment, the cell phone loses its signal and disconnects Leah from Jordan.
Instinctively Jordan hits the redial button to call Leah back, but the burglar hears her phone ringing upstairs and goes back upstairs to find Leah and takes her captive. Jordan knows that she is responsible for the girl being taken and when her body is found, naked and mutilated, Jordan blames herself for Leah’s death.
Jumping ahead 6 months, Jordan once again is on the call when Casey Wilson, Abigail Breslin’s character calls in, using a disposable phone without G.P.S. begging for help after being abducted at a shopping mall. She’s been chloroformed and locked in the trunk of a car and her life is in Jordan’s hands!
Michael Eklund plays psychopathic killer Michael Foster, who shows no hesitation killing anyone who attempts to stop him from accomplishing his dastardly mission with cute, blonde, young Casey. In spite of their best efforts they are unable to successfully track him down, even after he sets fire to a gas station attendant who attempts to rescue Casey after dousing him with gasoline.
At the advance screening I attended, Morris Chestnut and David Otunga surprised the audience who had packed the theater to see the movie. They apologized to the crowd that they weren’t Halle Berry and that we had gotten stuck with the consolation prize by them attending instead of her.
They both play L.A.P.D. officers who are friends of Jordan’s having worked with her for a long time. They are intent on doing everything they can do to help Jordan avoid losing another caller like Leah Templeton! But then Jordan notices something that MAKES THIS PERSONAL and she heads out to see what she can do to help Casey.
“THE CALL” is rated “R” for the violence and dangerous situations it portrays. Halle Berry gives one of her best performances in several years and Abigail Breslin has come a long way from being “Little Miss Sunshine” just a few years ago. You’re going to love the unorthodox ending that you typically don’t see in a movie!
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