Anna (Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and her young son are hiding from an abusive husband. Although she is now living under the protection of the government, Anna never feels safe. At first, the young mother forces her child to sleep in her room, but when social workers tell her that the kid is old enough to sleep by himself, she allows the child to sleep in his own room with a baby monitor. The electronic device picks up a signal and Anna begins to hear strange noises…
Reaction & Thoughts:
Baby Call (aka The Monitor) is a swirly, totally entertaining little thriller. The story is constructed like a puzzle and I had fun trying to put all the pieces together.
From an original screenplay by director Pål Sletaune, Baby Call is slow-paced, but I was glued to the story and characters. There is an element of doubt that I love — you’re never quite sure what’s going on.
This moody Norwegian chiller hinges mostly on both a pair of excellent performances — Noomi Rapace and Kristoffer Joner (he plays the store clerk Rapace’s character befriends) — and Sletaune’s meticulous handling of the material.
The film’s twisty finale will undoubtedly draw comparisons with M. Night Shyamalan’s (The Sixth Sense) work. I guess it’s unavoidable. While I’ve grown tired of Shyamalan’s modus operandi, I totally bought into Sletaune’s bag of tricks.
Actress Rapace is, however, the best thing about the movie — she really sells the film. I adore her. She’s always interesting. I would watch her read the phone book. Joner is pretty good too, but Rapace really commands your attention.
Conclusions & Final Thoughts:
Baby Call is a slow-burn suspenser of the old-fashioned kind. It’s not perfect, but it kept me on my toes for ninety-six minutes. Color, 96 minutes, Rated R.