The Calling: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
The Calling: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

“The Calling” is a suspense thriller written by Scott Abramovitch and directed by Jason Stone. It opens in theaters for a limited release on Aug. 29, 2014. The cast members include Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, Christopher Heyerdahl and Gil Bellows. Read on to learn more about “The Calling” synopsis and review.

“The Calling” Synopsis:


Detective Hazel Micallef (Sarandon) enjoys her easygoing job in Port Dundas until a series of ghastly murder disturbs the peace in the sleepy town. Micallef, along with Ben (Grace) and Ray (Bellows), has been tasked to work on the case. It is later revealed that the killer is no other than Simon (Heyerdahl), a herbalist who is into ancient Christian rites.

“The Calling” Review:

As of this writing, “The Calling” scored a 53 out of 100 on Metacritic, while it manage to bag a 56 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter has a very short note on “The Calling”: “Plays like an episode of CSI: Canada.”

Entertainment Weekly’s (EW) Melissa Maerz gave the suspense thriller with a B-. She mentioned in her review about the film’s similarities with the shows “Broadchurch” and “The Killing.”

“The Calling shares a little too much with atmospheric TV mysteries like The Killing and Broadchurch: the hard-living female detective, the cloudy weather, the small-town existentialism,” wrote Maerz in the EW article.

Gary Goldstein of Los Angeles Times praised Sarandon’s performance in the film and her portrayal of Hazel Micallef.

“The Calling is an absorbing, solidly crafted procedural thriller with a terrific lead turn by Susan Sarandon as Hazel Micallef . . . though the 67-year-old actress may not initially seem the go-to choice to play a haunted, pills-and-alcohol-dependent cop who lives with her mom (Ellen Burstyn), Sarandon again proves she can make just about anything work on screen,” said Goldstein on Los Angeles Times.

What do you think of “The Calling”? Is it no different from the suspense thriller TV shows airing lately? Let us know by posting your comments below.


There you have it for “The Calling” synopsis and review. It opens in limited theaters on Aug. 29, 2014. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for updates on upcoming films.

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