The Calling

The Calling

Jason Stone (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A series of religiously motivated murders drive the plot in this chilly crime thriller. The setting is a small, wintry town in Ontario, where world-weary detective Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) discovers that a local woman has been gruesomely murdered. After more victims are found, Hazel and a newly arrived officer (Topher Grace) notice a pattern, leading them to a committed serial killer with rather unusual motives. The investigation contains a few twists and some grisly moments, but it doesn't manage to provide any genuine shocks or surprises. The Calling isn't so much an awful film as a flat and unremarkable one, although it abandons potentially interesting character threads - such as Hazel's relationship with a married man - once the plot kicks in. Sarandon is always worth watching, of course, but an impressive supporting cast (which includes Donald Sutherland and Ellen Burstyn) is largely wasted.


A small-town cop with a drink problem discovers someone is mutilating and murdering people across her district. She realises that the serial killer is hiding a mysterious message inspired by ancient religious texts and becomes dangerously obsessed with deciphering its meaning. Crime thriller based on Inger Ash Wolfe's novel, starring Susan Sarandon and Donald Sutherland.

Cast & Crew

Hazel Micallef Susan Sarandon
Ben Wingate Topher Grace
Detective Ray Green Gil Bellows
Emily Micallef Ellen Burstyn
Father Price Donald Sutherland
Simon Christopher Heyerdahl
Officer Vongarner Amanda Brugel
Grace Batten Kristin Booth
Jane Buck Jane Moffat
Officer Mathieson Paulino Nunes
Director Jason Stone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearingReleased on: 10 Oct 2014