ReviewWriter: Dzamira DzafriWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“The Machinist”, “Panic Room” and Halle Berry
This might be a slight shock to some people, but this film was a lot better than what was expected. Okay, it was not expected at all that this film would be great and worthwhile. In fact, it was expected to be a mild stinker.
Coming in the film blindly without knowing much about the story besides it focusing on a 'call', you would still be captivated right from the start as the storyline and dialogue hits you.
The base of the story is the call centre for the 911 emergency line, and already you'd be hooked. Haven't you always wondered what it would be like on the other end of the line, like who you would be talking to in emergencies, and how they would automatically get the help they need?
It is proven very interesting, as Halle Berry played a slightly robust expert 911 call centre specialist, Jordan. Watching her and her other 911 call centre specialist co-stars dealing with emergencies calmly was captivating and interesting, and the biggest person to thank for this would definitely be the director, Brad Anderson.
Anderson previously concentrated on directing TV series like "Fringe", and he also directed acclaimed film "The Machinist" so this is probably why the overall movie was great and fun to watch, even the thrilling bits where you would almost want shut your eyes tight.
The story was entertaining and it made you feel a little uncomfortable at times, which is absolutely perfect for a thriller. It had the right amount of flow which kept going and did not leave you from feeling too bored.
Even though the set of the story revolved around Jordan and her emergency line, the story itself would not have been what it was without the abduction. The scenes between the phone call from the abductee and Jordan were intense, and frightening, because it felt like you were there with them, and you will go on thinking that things like this actually happen to many people.
Speaking of which, the two main actors, Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin were brilliant in their roles! Especially "Little Miss Sunshine" herself who grew up and even spent a few scenes baring a lot of skin. Breslin acted really well, and during almost every one of her scenes you can really feel the intensity she put into her character's feelings.
Even the bad guy of the film, Michael Foster, was an outstanding character. Actor Michael Ecklund pulled it off really well and he sort of reminded us of the past great and insane psychopaths like Hannibal Lecter (although let's be honest no one can top Hannibal Lecter). His performance was admittedly enjoyable, and his creepiness factor adds on as a bonus. He might not be creepy in real life but wow did he pull that off.
The background behind Michael Foster was also very interesting. It was nice that the script for this was not just one-dimensional because you can feel how the world is for them in the film.
You do not have to be a Halle Berry fan to watch this. Seriously, the film is highly entertaining from start to finish. While it might not be the movie of the year it still certainly is worth watching, even if it is just once. The best part of the film (although it is difficult to pick one) was the powerful ending that left a big impression even after you have left the theatre. It was not just satisfying, it was empowering.
The only downside to this is that you would be more aware of people who might abduct you in the car park but that factor could easily still be a good thing, because you would be more cautious. Also, you would learn a few tips on how to go through abduction yourself. They are pretty helpful.Cinema Online, 13 March 2013