The Calling

2014 "Pray for the Prey"
5.8| 1h48m| R| en
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Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Port Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

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GurlyIamBeach Instant Favorite.
Connianatu How wonderful it is to see this fine actress carry a film and carry it so beautifully.
KnotStronger This is a must-see and one of the best documentaries - and films - of this year.
Kinley This movie feels like it was made purely to piss off people who want good shows
Leofwine_draca THE CALLING is a mid budget Canadian serial killer thriller that seems to have been conceived as a complete rip-off of FARGO, with Susan Sarandon playing another ageing female cop who has been directly modelled on Frances McDormand in that film. The hunt is on for a serial killer with a bizarre modus operandi, but the viewer is given the killer's identity early on, leaving the rest a pointless exercise in water-treading.The film has a bland look to it and not much in the way of atmosphere. It kept me watching but I never felt as involved in the story as I should. Sarandon is okay but seems a bit tired, although those in support such as Gil Bellows and Donald Sutherland give solid turns. There's some mild gruesomeness but the killer is a bit subdued and the religious theme was done better in a little-seen SEVEN rip-off I really dig called RESURRECTION.
Bob Rutzel Detective Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) has her emotional problems in a sleepy Canadian town and life is easy and slow until some murders awaken her sensibilities. She notices that the murdered people seem to have their mouths manipulated to mouth words, but what words are being said? More murders confirm this hunch and what is the murderer trying to say? Got your attention now?As I started to watch, I felt this played like a good mystery for FARGO (yes, and snow all over the place, too) and I kept hoping I would hear, "Ya, you betcha" coming from Detective Hazel's lips. Okay, just a thought. But here's another thought: why does the hero always seem to have emotional problems that play upon our "sensibilities?" Huh? Okay, just another thought. This is slow going, but gets us engaged without any hi-speed car chases or fantastic CGI. The reason this engages us is because we are constantly hearing questions about the murders and learn that the murders may be linked to the Bible? Say whaaaat? Okay, now we are fully engaged. Notables: Donald Sutherland, Ellen Burstyn, Christopher Heyerdahl. There is a very big twist at the very end that may have you questioning things……. maybe. Just another thought. But keep in mind: a very big twist. Really big! (7/10) Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Gruesome scenes: Yes, bloody too. Language: Yes, not much
playbobbie13 I took a chance with this unknown. It's the cast that drew me to it! As I watched I was thoroughly engrossed! I'll admit, the idea of this movie taking place in Canada was a bonus too. Yes, I'm Canadian. But the location notwithstanding, this movie was a brilliant crime movie. Very well acted, brilliantly scripted and the cinematography suited the film so well. This movie may cause a debate surrounding the Bible and it's place in the modern world and that is a good thing. Through discussion comes understanding...and change! I'm not sure if that is WHY this movie was made as opposed to just making a great thriller but either way, I loved it!
Tony Hernandez A viewer can see why this Canadian production really did not get much release in the U.S. The plot is as derivative as any serial killer movie today, with the "Fargo" knock-off setting and the misdirection too familiar. Is it about a serial killer? Yes, but really it is about the psychological hang-ups and strained relationships of its lead characters. As one reviewer mentioned, there are enough plot lines and character setups to fill at least a miniseries, but in a 107 minute movie, they just quell any momentum.Sarandon was saddled with a terribly underwritten lead character; she has virtually nothing to do in the film except look tired and over-matched. There are no redeeming qualities to this character and I found myself somewhat disappointed when the twist ending left her alive. Had she been the twelfth victim as the plot clearly leads us to believe, at least there would have been a point to her character.Still, I have a soft spot for any thriller, no matter how meek, that is set in a snowy small town with quirky characters. It is almost always good to see Ellen Burstyn (the remake of "The Wicker Man" is the reason for "almost")and Topher Grace does a nice job as the green cop. Christopher Heyerdahl was creepy as the killer and could have done more if his part had been better written as well.Overall, not something I will re-watch, but for fans of this sort of slow burn serial killer stuff, an OK attempt.