The Call: Please Hang Up and Dial Again

by Ethan Alter March 15, 2013 6:01 am
<i>The Call</i>: Please Hang Up and Dial Again

I'll say this for The Call: it's a film that knows its audience. Pitched squarely at the Times Square crowd -- not the new Disney-fied version, but the one from the neighborhood's Taxi Driver days -- this Halle Berry-led serial killer thriller is specifically calculated to elicit a steady stream of vocal reactions from viewers, reactions that range from shouts of surprise to screams of "You idiot -- don't go in there!" Like a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show (minus the costumes and sing-a-longs), The Call isn't meant to be viewed in reverent silence; it wants, nay demands audience participation.

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