” The Call ” movie review | Time anomaly

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Two people live in different times. Seo-Yeon lives in the present and Young-Sook lives in the past. One phone call connects the two, and their lives are changed irrevocably.

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Quick states

  • Rating: 7.1
  • Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Stars: Park Shin-Hye, Jeon Jong-seo
  • Director: Chung-Hyun Lee
  • Writer: Chung-Hyun Lee
  • Certificate: TV-MA
  • Country: South Korea
  • Language: Korean
  • Release Date: 2020
  • AKA: Call
  • Runtime: 112 min
  • Filming Location: South Korea

The Call movie review

the call movie review

You can’t help but always be amazed by the ideas that Korean filmmakers; but this time, specifically in the movie The Call, creativity has gone beyond limits to the extent that the experience would have been almost ruined in general if it wasn’t for creative photography, directing and acting perfection.

The movie The Call from Original Netflix Productions comes back to us in 2020 with a new chapter in the films of mystery and mental manipulation; mixed with some terror and blood in the writing and directed by the young man “Chung-Hyun Lee”. In the next few lines, work will be reviewed in all its artistic aspects without burning events.

In his first written experiments, Chung-Hyun Lee was able to create a very complicated plot that left us dazzled.

the call movie review

The narrative of events was very good and understandable, despite the complexity of the plot, as I mentioned; but thanks to the smooth and uncomplicated dialogs and the lack of key and secondary personalities; and the good ability to write them.

Although the general idea of The Call is fascinating; it carries a lot of illogical gaps at all because of the writer’s lack of experience to enter himself into famous time anomalies. It is solved in the film in a very naïve way, and it could have been much better.

Also, the end is unsatisfactory, although it is not expected. Here I am just talking about the last minute that could have been avoided simply had it not been for the writer’s insistence on creating a mysterious end, as is the case in many other films.

The Call movie trailer

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It’s generally an entertaining and mind-boggling story for any sightseeing with catastrophic loopholes; and an end that can use a bit of a change.
Contrary to the writing here, Chung-Hyun Lee is really creative with scenes with many photography techniques to create a mix of terror and ambiguity professionally.

The most distinctive feature of directing is illumination, which has played a very important role in distinguishing between the past with its orange color and the present with its blue color. Selecting those colors is certainly not a coincidence, but it has a bearing on the story. Orange is a symbol of poverty, fire, anger, and blue, which sometimes turns black; signifies the coldness of the current era and the great feeling of frustration felt by members of this generation in general.

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It was also very successful in using some techniques to add the personality’s mental tension and create a general atmosphere of freedom and show the internal suffering of the personality of Young Sok, the psychologically disturbed girl.
And also its continuation on the classic style of horror films, use still-film cameras and Earth-level clips very often to add anticipation and show character reactions as clearly as usual in all horror films.

What attracted the attention of all those who watched the work were the really fascinating time-shifting footage filled with creative ideas
as expected from Korean films like which we haven’t seen much before.
In short, the directing was distinguished in almost everything and is the main element in the character of The Call.

In Conclusion

The big difference between the two heroes’ work highlights one of them in a striking way, especially since her character was the best in writing and the most space to present analog creativity.

Jeon Jong-seo: In Young Suk’s role, the girl with the anti-social personality disorder was wonderfully creative.
Park Shin-Hye: Seo Yun played the role of the psychologically impaired girl as well, but to a lesser extent because of her harsh past and despite the size of the role, she did not present it remarkably and could not add much to the work.

To sum up, The Call is one of the most fascinating Korean films, but certainly, not as “Forgotten”‘s ending, nor “Oldboy”‘s symbolism. The call can be described as a light commercial movie; with some lazy acting sometimes but it is a particularly fun movie experience of mystery and time anomalies, Highly recommended.

Writer and film critic for Filmiland website, movies enthusiast, and a college student in the Film and Audiovisual Production Management. "Everything I know I know from movies!"

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