Since the last X-Men movie though, the burning star of her fame has cooled down a bit. She's starred in some alright movies in the past few years, but for the most part you don't see her all over the place that much anymore. I know that stardom is cyclical and all, but we always just figured that she'd stick, more so than a lot of her peers would, anyhow.
We put off seeing The Call when it first came out, partly because we were all like "what has Halle Berry gone and gotten herself into now, " but mostly because we figured that it would be some average, predictable, "safe" Thriller, which it really is...
There was one thing never counted on though; we never counted on actually liking it! Woo! *I have no idea, so don't ask.
Halle Berry is a seasoned LAPD 9-1-1 Operator who takes her job in stride, because she's really good at it. One night, she gets a call from a terrified young girl named Leah; there's a man breaking into her house, and she needs help! Halle calms Leah down and tells her to hide and be quiet, which she does, and the intruder eventually begins to leave the house... and then the phone goes dead. Being the asshole that she is, Halle Berry calls Leah back, which gives away her location to the creeper, who comes back and grabs the poor girl, and thanks Halle Berry for the ho.
|The aftermath of Halle Berry's massive failing.|
|"Don't be scared, I've done this before, to mixed results..."|
Implausible, contrived shenanigans ensue.
|Ain't nobody got time for that.|
The easiest way to describe what you get with The Call is to basically compare it to an episode of a TV Show like, let's say, Criminal Minds; it's safe, it follows formula, and it's enjoyable enough to watch, but in the end, it's pretty much just like any other episode of Criminal Minds that you've ever seen; it's enjoyable, but very familiar. And safe.
The main reason that the movie works is that the characters are likable. Sure, they do some stupid and inane things, but we just can't help but pull for Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin despite it all. Speaking of them, they both do a pretty good job in this movie, as does Michael Eklund, who plays the creeper.
|Maybe don't hang around at the mall and you wouldn't be kidnapped!|
Hollywood bloody" though, so it's nothing that ever gets too crazy.
|He was right, we don't wanna see that.|
|Don't give us that look... you're frigging 12 Years Old!|
The Call may be pedestrian, and it may not offer you anything that you haven't seen before, but it still managed to be a decent movie to waste 90 minutes on. It's definitely worth a look-see on Netflix if you've got it, so give it a go and enjoy your Halle Berry fix.
Abigail Breslin lately, posing for these scandalous pictures and all. All I know is, is that if she's not careful, she'll end up just like Halle Berry! Um... successful, famous, and award winning? Never mind.