Director Brad Anderson keeps raising the tension in this film about a
911 operator (Halle Berry) who gets a call from a kidnapped teenager
(Abigail Breslin) imprisoned in the trunk of a the car of sex fiend
Michael Eklund. As usual in a thriller, the music is essential to the
dramatic impact of the movie and John Debney has succeeded admirably
with a score that enhances the tension. The cinematography (Tom Yatsko)
is also key to this film because basically it takes place in a room of
911 operators and the trunk of the car. But as Anderson cuts back and
forth, Yatsko alternates scenes of Breslin trapped in the trunk with
aerial shots of the car going to its destination with Eklund calmly
driving along unaware that Breslin is frantically trying to help Berry
determine where she is.
Breslinís performance is truly exceptional as she spends much of the
film lying on her back in the trunk, able to express her emotions only
through her voice and facial expressions. Itís a remarkable job of
acting for one so young (16). Berryís performance is equally effective
as she communicates the stress these operators must endure, especially
if they are caring and sensitive.
This gives an insight into what 911 operators have to go through and is
informative about what their office locations look like and the
equipment they use and how it works. Berry did a lot of research into
this before starting the role. I found that learning the workings of
this system that is such a big part of our society at least as
interesting as the plot of the movie.
This is a fine, tension-packed, rewarding film.