Once again I find myself on the horns of a dilemma: We have an Academy Award-winning actress at the helm, a fairly original premise and a suspenseful plot. Yet somehow, the movie just misses the mark. It hits the dartboard, but not the bull’s eye.
Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) is a 911 responder working in Los Angeles. When she makes a crucial mistake talking to a victim of a home invasion, she is hopelessly scarred. Months later, when a young girl, Casey (Abigail Breslin), is abducted from a shopping mall, Jordan once again gets a call for help from an untraceable disposable cell phone Casey has in the trunk of the man’s car. It’s up to Jordan to use the clues Casey provides to find her and save her before she becomes a serial killer’s next victim.
I liked this movie. It’s smart, suspenseful and incredibly well-acted. Yes, it’s as predictable as a Gilligan’s Island episode, but even that didn’t really bother me. I think the biggest problem with the film is that it wants to be The Silence of the Lambs and it just is not. At best, I would say it’s a good, stormy-night rental. It’s a 6.
Note to readers: To clarify, pre-paid cellphones are traceable in case of an emergency.