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The Call (2013)


The Call (2013)

The Call (2013)

Before watching this film, I had assumed that it was rated PG-13.  After watching the movie, I’m a little surprised that it was actually rated R.  If it had been tweaked ever so slightly, I think that it probably could have gotten the PG-13 rating.  I’m a little surprised that they would not have wanted to attract more of the teenage audience to this movie.  It seems like so many other films these days go for that lighter rating to try to get the teeny boppers into the seats.  Quite honestly, after learning of the rating right before the movie started, it actually made me raise my expectations of the quality of the film because of the genre.

The Call Berry

The Call is a thriller about a 911 operator (Halle Berry) that makes a careless mistake while on an emergency phone call that causes the situation to end badly.  Consumed by guilt and anxiety, she struggles to hold it together in order to perform her job.  Time passes and one day the operator takes a call from a girl that has been kidnapped (Abigail Breslin).  Determined not to make the same mistake again, the operator does everything in her power to try to help the girl on the other end of the line.  She soon realizes that there is a link between the 2 emergency calls.

The film is directed by Brad Anderson and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, Michael Imperioli, Justina Machado, and Jose Zuniga.

The Call Breslin

I held off from seeing this movie in theatres because I wasn’t sure if it would be worth my time.  I can usually give or take Berry.  Breslin is a talented young actress, but the movie looked a little B-rated.  What sparked my interest however, was Anderson’s involvement.  He has shown us that he is capable of excellence with his film The Machinist (2004).  With that being said, even though The Call looked questionable, I knew that it would at least be well-made.

The film did not allow for much character development.  It was not the type of movie that required quality acting.  Anderson makes up for this with quality filmmaking.  The events that occur in the film were made intense enough to keep my attention throughout.  The soundtrack helps to make the movie seem more fast-paced than it really is.  Because the film is kept at a relatively fast pace for its entirety, it helps you to forgive and forget the aspects of the movie that are lacking.  Bravo to the director for knowing what was necessary to make this B-rated film watch-able.

The Call Breslin Trunk

The film is a little predictable, but it will still suck you in.

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

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Trailer for Ender’s Game (2013)


Ender's Game Poster

Ender’s Game (2013)

The movie is based off of the famous novel with the same title by Orson Scott Card.

From the preview it appears like the world almost lost a war against aliens.  Now, the remaining human survivors are training children in space to be a different kind of soldier that will hopefully be able to defeat the aliens and save the human race.

It’s a science fiction movie with a big budget and even bigger special effects.

The film is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Nonso Anozie, Han Soto, and a bunch of kid actors that nobody will recognize.

Kingsley and Butterfield were both in Hugo (2011) together.

The film is destined to be a goldmine for the filmmakers.

I have not read the book, but the movie looks like it could be fun.

It is set to release on 11/1/13.

Zombieland (2009)


Zombieland Poster

Zombieland (2009)

When I saw Zombieland for the first time, I was absolutely shocked at how much I loved it.  A friend had recommended it and I watched it shortly after it came out on DVD.  I went into it knowing nothing at all about the movie and it caught me completely by surprise.

Zombieland car escape

After a zombie apocalypse, there are few human survivors remaining.  Zombieland follows Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) as they fight their way through zombie-ridden America in search of safety, solace, and Twinkies.  They run into Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) along the way and their journey gets bumpy.

Zombieland Group

Zombieland put Jesse Eisenberg on the map.  The only other movie that I had seen him in before was The Village (2004) and at that time I had no idea who he was.  His performance in the film blew me away.  He proved that he had the power to carry a movie by himself and when he teamed up with Woody Harrelson, it was priceless.

A year after Zombieland, Eisenberg was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing the part of Mark Zuckerberg in the film The Social Network (2010).  He has since been popping up all over the place with Now You See Me (2013) (also with Harrelson) coming out later this year.

Harrelson was tremendous.  He played a great tough-guy and yet he was hysterical.  Not many people can pull off that combination.  On screen you could really tell that he had a lot of fun with his character.

Zombieland Harrelson Banjo

My friend who recommended the movie to me actually dressed up like Tallahassee for Halloween because he loved the character so much.

Zombieland also served as a big stepping stone for Emma Stone.  She was very likable in the movie.  Like Eisenberg, she became super popular after Zombieland came out.  The only difference is that she was already a little popular from a few previous roles.

Abigail Breslin didn’t need a stepping stone.  The youngest of the group, she had already earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Little Miss Sunshine (2006).  Zombieland served simply as a tool to further her acting career.  She was only 13 when she made the movie, but she held her own along with the rest of the cast.

Zombieland Stone Breslin Ride

Bill Murray has one of the best cameo appearances that I have ever seen in a movie.  It was completely random and hilarious.

Amber Heard also has a small part in the film.

The film was directed by Ruben Fleischer.  Fleischer has since directed Eisenberg in 30 Minutes or less (2011) and Stone in Gangster Squad (2013).

Zombieland is a comical masterpiece.  It has already become a cult classic and has recently spawned a TV show.  It is a movie that I could watch over and over again.  The film is not so much about zombies as it is about the camaraderie between the main characters as they try to survive among the living dead.  It is a hilarious thrill ride that will keep you laughing all the way to the end.

Zombieland zombies

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.