The Calling


Main Plot Points:

  • Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) leads a quiet life with her mother (Ellen Burstyn), her painkillers, and an occasional drink. But when she checks on an ill neighbor, she stumbles upon a gruesome murder that shatters her peaceful existence.
  • With the help of a fellow detective (Gil Bellows) and a transfer cop (Topher Grace), she unearths a series of similar killings across the country. When a local priest (Donald Sutherland) suggests a link to an ancient ritual, Hazel focuses her search on a religious madman with a deadly higher calling.
  • Based on the novel by Inger Ash Wolfe, it’s a journey to the shadowy landscape between faith and fear.

What We Thought:

  • I was kind of surprised that The Calling ended up going direct to video. After all, it’s got a great cast, the trailer was fantastic, and ultimately, it turned out to be a really good film.
  • So why didn’t it go to theaters? Well, it’s just not all that theatrical. It’s a really gripping film with terrific performances, but there’s nothing about it that I think would have stood out in a crowded multiplex.
  • That being said, as far as DTV titles go, The Calling is excellent. Susan Sarandon is in top form as an alcoholic police inspector who stumbles across a murder investigation thats way bigger than her sleepy town has ever seen before. Gil Bellows, Topher Grace, and Christopher Heyerdahl are all excellent in their supporting roles, as well.
  • The film isn’t so much a mystery in terms of whodunit as much as it is a whydunit, and that works in its favor. This isn’t an action-packed thriller, but it delivers suspense and interesting characters, which is more than you can say for a lot of so-called thrillers these days.
  • The Calling is a great little film that more people should see. Track it down.

Special Features:

  • Divine Intention: Making The Calling

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • Susan Sarandon
  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Topher Grace
  • Gil Bellows
  • Christopher Heyerdahl

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