The Calling (2014)

The Calling (2014)
The Calling (2014)
  • R
  • 1h 48m
  • 2014
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Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) is used to leading a quiet life in a small town, with her mother (Ellen Burstyn), her painkillers, and an occasional drink. But when she stops on a routine call to check on a neighbor, she stumbles across a gruesome murder that shatters her peaceful existence. With the help of Detective Ray Greene (Gil Bellows) and a new transfer cop (Topher Grace), she unearths a series of killings across the country with similar, grisly crime scenes. When a local priest (Donald Sutherland) suggests there may be a link to an ancient ritual, Hazel finds herself on the trail of a religious serial killer following a deadly, higher calling. Based on the novel by Inger Ash Wolfe, it’s a dark, twisted journey to the shadowy landscape between faith and fear.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Calling offers an excellent cast and a few decent thrills, but that isn't enough to overcome its lack of suspense or original ideas.
Little White Lies
David Jenkins

A parable for assisted suicide which keeps its political hand well covered.

June 25, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

It's all quite ridiculous but it has some creepy scenes ...

June 25, 2017
Village Voice
Pete Vonder Haar

The Calling breathes new life into a moribund genre by touching oft-ignored themes and offering a...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Faith-themed crime thriller has graphic violence, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Calling is a crime thriller with several religious references that includes graphic images of dead bodies in various states -- such as an elderly woman with a slit throat and a man whose stomach has been removed (viewers later see dogs eating the stomach). The serial killer also positions the mouths of his victims after they've died. There are mentions of suicide, most of which are faith-based, throughout the movie, and one character shoots himself in the head. The main character drinks heavily and abuses prescription pills to numb her pain. Strong language is also used, including words like "s--t," "f--k," and "hell."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:September 23, 2014
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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