The Caller trailer has something
I was watching the trailer for The Caller and thinking that it wasn't that strong a film and wasn't going to write about it, but to be honest I keep going back to the concept in my mind and wondering where it could go. It's clever one that we've seen in other films, but here it's used in a different and rather effective way.
The film has a woman in a new apartment called by a stranger who turns out to be from the past. Through a series of conversations she tells the stranger a future event which the caller then changes, creating a new future and effectively changing the world around the woman.
It gets more complicated, and I'm going to leave it to the blurb to explain it, but the caller from the past begins to threaten the woman by hurting her younger self and she seems trapped without a way to stop her.
When troubled divorcee, Mary Kee, sets up home in her new apartment, she stumbles across an old telephone which she quickly falls in love with. Struck by its antique charm, she gives it pride of place in her home. Before long, Mary begins to receive strange phone calls from a mysterious, unknown caller. Over time, she discovers that the caller is a woman called Rose and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. However, when Rose claims to be calling from the past, Mary begins to question her new friend's motives.
As Rose's phone calls become ever more disturbing, Mary's sense of terror escalates. Feeling haunted in her own home, she cuts all contact with Rose. Enraged by Mary's betrayal, Rose threatens to exact her terrible revenge. Not on Mary in the present but on Mary as a child in the past. Mary finally realizes that she will have to kill Rose in order to save herself. But how can she kill someone living in the past and what will happen if she fails?
I laughed at that, "troubled divorcee", the main character is always troubled in some way. Anyway, it's an interesting concept and when you watch it in the trailer there are some interesting questions raised, and I don't just mean the one about why is she the only one realising what's going on.
The Caller is an interesting concept, but will it make it through to execution? Stephen Moyer, Rachelle Lefevre and Luis Guzmán star in the Matthew Parkhill film written by Sergio Casci which JoBlo says is a remake of a Japanese horror film.
Here's the trailer.