Troika Pictures, WWE Studios, Emergency Films,

Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, David Otunga, Michael Imperioli, Justina Machado, José Zúñiga, Roma Maffia, Evie Thompson, Denise Dowse, Ella Rae Peck

Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) is a darn good 911 operator, but in the middle of a very stressful call, Jordan makes a bad decision and the call ends very badly. She is unable to forgive herself and struggles with whether or not she can do the job anymore. She falls into the role of instructor, teaching the ropes to the rookies, when a disturbing call comes in, and Jordan has to jump back in to the fray. She does her best to help a young girl, Casey Welson (Abigaili Breslin) who has been kidnapped and is being held in the trunk of a car. Through breakneck chases, near misses, and lots of mistakes, with the help of her boyfriend cop (Morris Chestnut) they are in a life and death struggle to find this guy before it’s too late.

This is a fairly decent suspense film. Halle is certainly beautiful as ever and very masterful in playing the harrowing stress that 911 operators must be under. This must be a horrible job most of the time. As the movie points out, you’re in the midst of the crisis, but there’s no resolution. You rarely ever get to find out how it ends. The suspense is real, and the movie is fast paced and very stressful to the viewer as well. My only real complaint with the movie is that the ending is rather silly. I realize they didn’t have too many options on how to finish this, but the whole 911 operator turned lead investigator is pretty silly. And then “surprise” ending was also kind of cheesy, although I’m sure the audience cheered. Abigail Breslin didn’t get to do a whole lot in the movie, but her role as the kidnapped girl was handled pretty well. You will believe she’s really going through the terror, and she portrays that wonderfully.

All in all, this is a decent suspense thriller, and well worth a rental.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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