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The Calling

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2014
  • Jason Stone
  • 107 mins
  • 15

Summary

Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Hazel MicallefSusan Sarandon
Ben WingateTopher Grace
Detective Ray GreenGil Bellows
Emily MicallefEllen Burstyn
Father PriceDonald Sutherland
SimonChristopher Heyerdahl
Officer VongarnerAmanda Brugel
Grace BattenKristin Booth
Jane BuckJane Moffat
Officer MathiesonPaulino Nunes

Crew

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DirectorJason Stone

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2014-10-10
Languages
English | Latin
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Formats
Colour
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