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The Call - 21/9/2013 12:54:09 PM   
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- 21/9/2013 12:54:09 PM   
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You mention the mid-90s as that was the time when so many movies copied The Silence of the Lambs and this movie does the same thing. It's also derivative of Dirty Harry. Still, it was well-made and I enjoyed it even though there are some highly unlikely but plot-friendly coincidences in it. The feminist vigilante thing was also a big no-no. They probably even pinched that from Ms. 45. The Call is a Frankenstein movie made up of bits from other, better movies but there are lots of movies out there like that and it doesn't mean they're all bad.

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RE: - 23/9/2013 2:17:58 AM   
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For the most part this is a really tense and exciting thriller. Hale Berry issuing instructions to a scared girl trapped in the boot of a car was one of the best set pieces I've seen in a while, and for an hour or so this is a really engaging film. Then it dies an agonizingly painful death in t final ac, but there are still a few surprises to be had (the final shot could have been an ending to a SAW movie ).

Not quite worth planning a trip to the flicks for, but if you're planning to go to the cinema anyway it's worth a look

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RE: RE: - 24/9/2013 11:04:24 AM   
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Thought it was rather good on the whole for the first 2/3rds it just got let down by going O.T.T towards the end, which is a shame really.

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RE: RE: - 24/9/2013 3:05:47 PM   
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Yeah, the first hour is pretty good but, holy crap, that last act is atrocious.

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For kidnap & murder enquiries, please press 1. - 29/9/2013 12:53:24 PM   
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You know times are hard when Catwoman has started working in a call-centre.

The parts of The Call which operate as a tense crime thriller work very well, even if the film doesn't break any new ground. The part that's 'Mystery Inc' vs 'Hannibal' not so much.

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RE: For kidnap & murder enquiries, please press 1. - 31/12/2013 12:00:36 PM   
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This is as brain-dead as a movie can be and it assumes the audience will have the I.Q. of a rutabaga.

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Lame - 10/6/2014 11:06:56 AM   
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Full of stupid characters and situations, which is a shame as there is plenty of opportunity for a great Hitchcockian thriller.

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A surprise! - 26/10/2014 5:10:27 PM   
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I really enjoyed this film. It's short. It's moves at a pace and has a feel of 24 meets End of Watch meets police procedural. The killer is reasonably creepy and by and large and it's good fun!

The problem all come in the final 25 minutes whereby you realise that the link between the opening kill and the one Halle is trying to prevent - there's no cohesive link. It's a completely different type of kill that doesn't fit the murderer's MO - which is revealed in the final act.

ALSO! (SPOILER) What on earth was the very end all about!? There plan makes no sense what-so-ever. They reckon that they'll just pretend that the girl escaped and ran through the woods? The police (as long as they're no the ones from Gone Girl) would spot the holes in her story immediately. They'd search the area in an effort to find the 'disappeared' man, and they'd find the bunker and his body within and then the two girls would get done for his death!! (Unless they thought it would spawn a sequel, in which case they had a ready-made get out all set to go).

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