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The Call review

Despite what you might think when you see WWE stamped on a film, you may not want to dismiss The Call so fast.
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After making a mistake that ends up costing someone their life, Jordan Turner, played by Halle Berry, decides to take a break from dealing with emergency calls and instead begins teaching others how to handle them. Her career change doesn’t last and it isn’t long before she is thrown back into her old role. Now she must attempt to guide a young girl named Casey Welson, played by Abigail Breslin, in an escape from the boot of a car.

The movie wins some major points by avoiding the traditional police chasing after a kidnapper clichés. Setting the story in an emergency call centre gave an interesting insight into the people who do that for a living and how the job actually works. The actors playing Jordan’s co-workers help to create a family atmosphere and you can see that they support each other and are friends. On the other hand, her relationship with her boyfriend Paul, played by Morris Chestnut, seems out of place and at times unprofessional. It almost feels like the relationship was included just to tick a box because it didn’t really add anything to the story to include it.

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The movie starts off great, Jordan is powerless, she can’t physically do anything to effect the outcome of the situation which creates some very tense scenes. For the most part, the film is intense, gripping, exciting and thrilling, but it loses some of these qualities towards the end were it goes from being a very believable story to something a bit more far fetched. In fact the last third of the movie feels more like what everyone in that situation would want to do oppose to what they actually would do. Even so, Halle Berry managed to portray the character in a way that none of it really seemed out of character, except maybe the very end.

As far as villains go Michael Eklund plays a similar role to that of the weekly killer on an episode of Criminal Minds, he’s creepy enough that you’ll believe he’d murder someone but not so creepy that you don’t believe he could function in society. His motives are explained, but he doesn’t do a bad guy monologue going into every detail which was nice. The main problem with him was how easy he should have been to find, he pretty much left a trail to follow and the police couldn’t find him because ‘he wiped’ stuff with a cloth.

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If you’re looking for a movie that will keep you interested all the way through, then you’ll probably enjoy The Call because it is fast paced and has an good story, but if realism is extremely important to you then you might fall out of love with it towards the end.

What do you think? Are you going to see the movie? Does setting it in an emergency call centre interest you? Would you like to have that job? Let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment down below and remember guy’s if you call 911 there is a chance you’ll get to speak to Halle Berry.

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R.E.M. Call it a Day

After 31 years of making music American rock band R.E.M. have announced that they are calling it a day.

The news was announced today on the bands official website.  In the statement they thank fans and assure that this is a decision they came to together and was not the result of any falling out. 

‘To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.’

They go on to explain that they came to the decision when they finished putting together their greatest hits album and sat down and said ‘what’s next’.  This announcement will no doubt come as a shock to fans, but the band hopes that everyone understands that it was time for it to come to an end.  ‘I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way’.

The full statement can be found at the official site HERE.

What do you think?  Are you a fan?  Where you shocked they’re stopping?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and like the like button.


Call of the Dead

Call of the Dead is one of the new maps that will be featured on the new Call of Duty map pack.  The pack will be released early May.  Call of the Dead will be bringing a familiar cast of characters, by which I don’t mean familiar Call of Duty characters.  Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker, Robert Englund and George Ramero will all be in the game, the first four will be playable characters and Ramiro will be some form of boss.

The trailer was done in the same style as Grindhouse.  It looks great.   The plot goes like this; a group of explorers shipwreck on an abandoned Siberian outpost, they accidentally release an army of zombies and must fight for survival.  Check out the trailer, below, and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.