Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 41% (Critics) / 70% (Audience)
Directed By: Brad Anderson
Written By: Richard D’Ovidio
Starring: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut and Michael Imperioli
Studio: Sony Pictures
Synopsis: When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life. (Source)
The time the movie spends with the abducted girl in the trunk of her kidnappers car while he drives her to his den has a nice bit of tension to it.
Oh, where to start? Halle Berry chewed every inch of scenery in this movie like she hadn’t eaten a morsel of food in weeks. And the way she ends up “in the field” is the most contrived bunch of nonsense you are likely to ever see on a movie screen.
This movie also never explains why it looks like a uniformed police officer was the lead cop on the kidnapping investigation. were all of the detectives out of town at a convention or something?
Michael Eklund was the least menacing serial killer ever and he was pretty terrible at it too. Every scene he was in was just dreadfully ridiculous because the viewer was asked to suspend disbelief repeatedly to explain why this guy didn’t get caught by the police 5 minutes into the movie.
Final Verdict: A big dumb movie that never does anything at all useful with the tension it builds up early in the film and instead descends into the most preposterous final act that one could imagine.