Adapted from the book by Michael Redhill, The Calling stars Susan Sarandon as a pill-popping, booze-guzzling small town detective who has to investigate a series of murders. Appearing to be religiously motivated, she tries to hunt down the killer before he can strike again, and in the process must face her own demons.
A conventional and timid thriller, the film has flourishes of tension and intrigue but fails to shock, excite and thrill. There’s no atmosphere, no mood and you can almost see the pay cheque in Sarandon’s glazed expression throughout. The type of thriller you could take your nan to watch, The Calling feels more like a bottom shelf rental rather than cinema material.
Dull, uninspired, and completely forgettable.
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