Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Caller (2011)

After a messy divorce, Mary is left to live alone in a new home... Or so it would seem... Mary begins receiving strange phone calls from an old woman that claims to be from the past, and the two strike up an odd friendship until Rose begins to show cracks in her fractured personality. Every time Mary upsets Rose over the phone, Rose is somehow able to manipulate the past to cause trouble for Mary in the future, with dire consequences! THE CALLER gets off to a thrilling start, but eventually digresses into the supernatural equivalent of BACK TO THE FUTURE. By the end, the film becomes so laughably absurd and far-fetched that it loses all credibility. Twisted timelines require a huge suspension of disbelief, and often result in plot holes and logical inconsistencies. THE CALLER is no exception. The dramatic events that Rose initiates in the past have only a single small impact on the future. This leaves the audience focused on their confusion, and not on the film. While these things often distract, THE CALLER is fairly played by TWILIGHT's Rachelle Lefevre, and director Matthew Parkhill does manage to bring a creepy mood to an otherwise messy script.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE CALLER:
THE RESIDENT, REMOTE, BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, TRIANGLE.

6 comments:

  1. Hmmmm, this sounds quite interesting! Shame it teeters into the absurd towards the end - might still give it a go though. Thanks for the review! :)

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  2. James, the short REMOTE is a much more intelligent take on this same theme, track it down if you get the chance! THE CALLER has been receiving high praise all around, so I suggest checking it out to decide for yourself, but I found the lapses in logic to be the most terrifying part of the movie.

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  3. Hmmm, have been seeing reviews of this, lately. Admittedly, I hadn't heard of the movie until then, though.

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  4. I just watched it. I thought it was interesting :) I liked it. I would recommend it.

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