Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Today I present for your consideration a true thriller called The Call (2013, Rated R, Available on DVD).
An experienced 911 operator named Jordan (Halle Berry) accidentally assists a serial killer in finding his prey. Distraught, she turns to training new operators, but soon after she begins her new duties, a call comes in that only Jordan is skilled enough to handle. A teenager named Casey (Abigail Breslin) has been abducted by the same killer. She calls from the trunk of a car. Then we're in for quite a ride as Jordan does everything in her power to save Casey.
This movie had me on the edge of my seat. I was scared half to death. Halle Berry is very good in her part, and Abigail Breslin isn't Little Miss Sunshine anymore. The conclusion of the movie is totally implausible, but it didn't bother me. I went where Jordan went and stayed right with her and didn't even think about it not being "real". Strange stuff happens all the time, so why not believe in this ending? We're talkin' female empowerment.
I think you can allow teens of about 14 and older to watch with you, as long as they're not prone to nightmares. If YOU'RE prone to nightmares, then maybe you should watch during the day, or not at all.
I'm torn on my seal of approval for this film. It's not a brilliant, amazing movie, but it certainly captured my interest and kept me going to the last minute.
Aw, what the heck! I hereby present The Call with The Janie Junebug Highest Seal of Approval.
Infinities of love,