Type of media Film
Approved Running time 94m 15s
Release date 20/09/2013
BBFCInsight Contains strong language, bloody violence and sustained threat
Genre(s) Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s) Brad Anderson
Cast includes Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, David Otunga, Michael Imperioli
Cut This work was passed uncut.
BBFCinsight publication date 10/09/2013
Note: The following text may contain spoilers
THE CALL is a thriller starring Halle Berry as a 911 emergency call operator who tries to help a young woman escape the kidnapper who holds her captive. It is rated 15 for strong language, bloody violence and sustained threat.
There is occasional use of strong language ('f**k' and 'motherf**ker').
There are also several scenes of bloody violence, including a man being stabbed in the stomach with a screwdriver, and sight of a scalpel cutting into a woman’s forehead as a man tries to scalp her. A man also receives a cut to the face with a scalpel and is later stabbed in the back with some scissors. These moments are brief and do not dwell on the infliction of injury.
There is significant and sustained threat to the kidnapped woman throughout much of the film, as she is at first terrified by thoughts of what her captor has planned for her, and is then directly and physically threatened by him. The woman is offered some comfort by the 911 operator helping her and there is never any sexual threat.
The film also contains some verbal references to suicides, rapes and murders as several 911 calls are heard. There are also moderate sex references, including a girl joking that a boy wants to ‘bone’ her, and another asking her boyfriend if what he wants to do to her is ‘even legal’.
No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.
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