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Review: The Call 

Ken Korman says Halle Berry shouldn't have answered this one

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There's nothing complicated about The Call. For the better part of an hour, it follows an abducted teenage girl in the trunk of a moving car, a 911 call center operator (Halle Berry) on the line to aher untraceable cellphone and LAPD doing its best to locate the vehicle and identify the serial killer behind the wheel. It's neither artfully done nor remotely plausible, but it is engaging on a purely visceral level. Then The Call goes completely nuts, blending too-familiar elements from The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho and Death Wish in a noxious and nonsensical final act. What were director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) and screenwriter Richard D'Ovidio thinking? Hard to say, but at least their flailing hodgepodge of a movie isn't boring or predictable. In fact, the rowdy audience at an advance promotional screening of The Call spent much of its time yelling advice and commentary at the screen. You can't blame them for trying. — KEN KORMAN

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