Synopsis: In order to save a young girl’s life, an emergency operator must confront a killer from her past.
Release Date: March 15, 2013
Thoughts: Originally titled The Hive, the trailer for the blandly retitled The Call represents everything I really dislike about previews. It’s too long, too detailed, and doesn’t leave you wondering about what kind of movie you’re going to see. Like the trailers from the past (I’m talking up through the mid 80’s) this preview gives away everything but the closing credits…so what’s left to entice viewers to see the film? Oscar winner (!) Halle Berry continues her downward descent in film with another quick buck half-effort. I think she’s better than this but still seems intent on following up every interesting film she does (Cloud Atlas) with a hokey piece of direct to video garbage. Admittedly, I have a soft spot for these schlocky films…but only when they’re viewed cheap on streaming video or a $1 rental from Redbox. Perhaps there is a twist the film has left hidden, though I’m not too confident that there’s more to uncover when a preview is this revealing.