The Call Movie Review

The Call is a gripping thriller with stellar performances.

Sajid Ali -

The Call Movie Review
Platform
Netflix
Digital Premiere Date
Format
Movie Rated
Genre
DRAMA
Language

What is the story about?

The film tells the story of two individuals who are two decades apart at the same home connected by a phone. While contemplating if it's reality or a fantasy they kick start a chain of events that changes their fate in a drastic way. The film is directed by Lee Chung-Hyun and written by Kang Sun-Ju and Lee Chung-Hyun.

 

Analysis

The plot of the film mildly resonates with the Korean series “Signal,” both have one thing in common, the mode of communication. The plot instantly grabs your attention, the idea of travelling through time in some manner or the other has always been ones’ fantasy. The call takes you through time in a simple manner with no complicated theories that you need to pause and think about it. The fusion of thriller-horror-sci-fi was an interesting take that the writers made it look like a walk in the park. The narration was seamless with fine editing that oscillates between periods with no confusion. It keeps you hooked on to it throughout its runtime. The engaging screenplay doesn’t dull at any moment, and the suspense is maintained until the mid-credits starts to roll. So, be patient and the film will surprise you even when it’s about to end. In the end, you’re left with few questions running in your mind. Even though there are tiny loopholes in the film, to be precise you can’t call the loopholes, more questions. Wish there’s a sequel to this film and those questions are answered.

 

Performances

Not so long ago I had mentioned the Korean actors and their diligent performances in Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol. And the streak continues with the new Netflix film “The Call” had very potential actors in the name of Park Shin-Hye (Seo-Yeon) and Jeon Jong-Seo (Young-sook). These two actors shoulder the film diligently with their impeccable performances. You can’t say one is better than the other. There are many sequences where both are seen competing with each other to outperform. They power through their characters seamlessly.

Music & Other Departments

The technical team of the film was brilliant. Jo Young-jik’s cinematography was brilliant so was the editing by Yang Jin-mo. The background score was eerie and gripping which was complimented with great sound design and mix.

 

Highlights

Stellar performances by Park Shin-Hye and Jeon Jong-Seo. Seamless writing and editing made The Call experience an interesting one.

 

Drawbacks

None.

Did I enjoy it?

I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Do I recommend it?

The film is a great fusion of horror-sci-fi that offers a great dose of gripping entertainment that keeps you hooked. Definitely worth a watch and it’s a great pick for the weekend. 


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