An interesting film to contemplate
This was really quite a good movie, but not necessarily one for
"consumers" of movies not accustomed to dialog between characters, or
those who expect the meaning to reside primarily in the plot. In this
film, the minute details of who is trying to kill the protagonist and
exactly why, is purposely left vague.
This is a character study, and examines the fundamental truth, that
each of us is isolated in the universal moments of their life, such as
death. Simply sharing that moment with someone, confirms the profound
meaning of the human connection.
I also appreciate that this film presents mature actors in an way that
does not reduce them to stereotype. Other cultures, still portray a
broad spectrum of characters in their films, allowing different age
groups and generations to interact in meaningful ways. It's refreshing
to see this in an American film.
In summing up, I think this movie has more meaning for those more than
half-way through their journey in life..
A Good Film, but Very Slow
Don't walk in to "The Caller" expecting any explosions or nudity,
because you won't get it. (In fact I believe only one gunshot is used
in the film).
Frank Langella and Elliot Gould, arguably two of Hollywood's most
underrated, star in this sleeper thriller that follows Jimmy Stevens
(Langella), an energy analyst who had recently sent out damaging
information to his company via e-mail. He realizes that he will most
likely be executed because of it and he has a Private Detective (Gould)
follow him on what will most likely be his last days, the Detective
unaware that the man who hired him and the man who he's tailing are the
I liked "The Caller", but it ran a bit slow. Langella and Gould have
two of the most relaxing voices and demeanors on the planet (at least
to me) so their many scenes of dialog were almost fascinating. But the
lack of almost any action will probably ward off any Die Hard or Rambo
fan. Use "Public Enemies" for an example; a fine film that may talk too
much and not thrill enough.
The central theme of the film seems to be death, and it is represented
very well in the flashbacks of Langella's character. He is a haunted
man who is ready to meet his maker, and ready to end it by outing the
company he works for. Langella and Gould are perfect for their roles.
"The Caller" is a very good film if you are in a thinking mood, but not
if you are ready for any amount of action. Kudos to all involved!.