When a Stranger Calls (2006)

When a Stranger Calls
Director: Simon West
Writer: Jake Wade Wall
Remake of: When a Stranger Calls
Cast: Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson, Brian Geraghty, Clark Gregg, Derek de Lint, Kate Jennings Grant

While everybody else in her school is partying, Jill (Camilla Belle) has to babysit at the Mandrakasis’ place: a gorgeous lake house in the middle of nowhere. But as soon as Jill is alone in the house with the kids, strange calls start coming in, the house alarm goes off and Jill feels less and less safe.

The film takes the first 20 minutes of the original and turns them into a full length film. And while they did have some nice ideas to modernize the whole thing, they can’t really keep the tension up.

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The Hurt Locker (2008)

[Somehow, I missed to review this when I actually saw it, so you’re getting a bonus review today.]

The Hurt Locker is Kathryn Bigelow‘s newest movie, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, David Morse, Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes.

Iraq. After the accidental death of one of their team (Guy Pearce), Sgt. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) get a new member in their bomb squad – Sgt. James (Jeremy Renner). Though James is an exceptional bomb defuser, he’s also a crazy risk taker, which puts the team under considerable strain.

The Hurt Locker says things about war that are rarely said, which makes it an important film. The cast is really good, too but the movie has its lengths and I just can’t stand the shaky cam.

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