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7/10
Great movie but the end bothers me
barbarahfmelo29 November 2020
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Movie that got my complete attention. The story is surprising. Genuine and progressive performance. However, the scene after the credits is illogical and affected the plot. The present antagonist would have no way of making the call. And would have no way of knowing that her version of the past has died. After all, if she from the past died ... She from the present would not exist to do anything. I wouldn't mind having a sad ending, but that ending doesn't make sense. If it had ended up in the cemetery, it would have been consistent and still sad because of the people who died and the traumatic situation of the mother and daughter.
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5/10
Ending Timeline Conundrum?
qxin11305 December 2020
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I'm not sure how to fully comprehend the ending timeline here. There are more questions than answers of course to the entirety of the call to begin with. But I guess the main two are:

1. How does the phone call connect from 1999 to present day? The viewers are suppose to take it as is I guess, no actual scientific nor paranormal explanation here, just happens as is.

2. So the timeline of the two characters continue to progress as is, there's no indication of the present Young-sook alerting herself in the past until the very end and that in itself is a whole conundrum because we see the mom throwing Young-sook over the balcony and then surviving so that Seo-yeon is able to find her mom alive at the cemetery, but then as they both leave the cemetery her mom flickers and disappears because Young-sook survives the fall also. Now if the mom survives with Seo-yeon, wouldn't they call the police or at least find out at some point that Young-sook didn't die so that she would remain a threat? We only have the past calling the present until the very end, where the one instance is Young-sook is calling herself in the past which is a reversal of this mysterious phone communication. How does this happen? Lets say she figured it out and can call herself in the past, how does she find the exact moment to call herself before the mom and the police arrives at the house? Because if both timeline are continually progressing in the past and the present, won't that moment in the past also have passed? And my conundrum here is how this ending is a miss because it doesn't validate the space time continuum sequence of events here. Either leave the ending as is with the mom being alive and Young-sook dead or mom dead because Young-sook never died.

Things need to add up even if we're left with a cliff hanger but unfortunately this cliff hanger ended up making no sense.
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8/10
Wonderful film ruined by the ending
MissFortuneCookie29 November 2020
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Should have stopped at the cemetery scene. But they added a few more scenes in the credits that changed the timeline again. Didn't even make sense since throughout the film, past was calling the present. The present never called the past. Then all of a sudden she warned her past self about dying? If she died, she wouldn't have been able to warn herself. If she didn't die, she shouldn't have disappeared in the present when attacking the other girl. It's as if the writers forgot their own time travel rule. I wish Netflix will edit the credit scenes out. Even as an alternate ending, it wouldn't be plausible.
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Fantastic as long as you switch off when the credits roll
ABThomas1 December 2020
There's a few added scenes during the credits which SHOULD NOT be there, please trust me and switch off when they roll.

If you do, you will have a cracking movie that will have you glued to the set til the end.
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8/10
Call 2020 Explained
VajraRaja14 January 2021
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The movie subverts the viewer's expectations by depicting a troubled protagonist trying to mask their own guilt. To understand the film, it is important to distinguish the protagonist's perspective and point of view with their actual predicament. Although the film may leave more to be desired, it does a great job misleading the viewers while subtlety revealing it's cards.

The film centers around the point of view of the protagonist, who in actuality is severely delusional and has borderline personality disorder (although this is projected by the protagonist onto her imaginary caller, I will get to this shortly). The protagonist has an underlying repressed childhood trauma caused by accidentally killing her father in a house fire. As a coping mechanism she convinces herself to believe in alternate realities, those in which she is innocent victim. This is most evident when she blames her own mother for her father's death. She believes that her mother was responsible for the fire, thus resenting her even late into adulthood. The mother burdens this pain, despite being on her deathbed caused by brain cancer, as she doesn't want to cause her child's mental health to further deteriorate. However as we later to come realize, her mother is truly innocent while the protagonist was actually responsible for her killing her father. And deep down in her repressed shadow, she understands this.

As the protagonist returns to her childhood home, she notices a hidden basement, a chair in the center with her old toys, along with a box left behind by the past tenants. This is when her mental state really becomes FUBAR. She imagines the stairs leading to the basement to be smoldering in flames, symbolizing that she cannot let go of burning her house and father to ashes.

Recall that when she first arrives to the home she loses her phone. She uses the find my phone app, and it reveals to be in the same location and is switched to the MRI brain scan. This may appear to be leading to next events, but it just retreads past events. The transition from phone to brain scan is illusory. She has her own phone and is just calling herself, it is revealed that she requires the phone but did she never really lost it is all just in her head. Therefore, she is just calling herself repeatedly, this sets the narrative of the entire story. She is ultimately calling her own phone, and is just talking to herself. However, in her mind she believes that she is truly conversing with someone else in the past.

What does the person on the phone claim? SHE LIVES WITH HER MOTHER WITHOUT A FATHER (step-mother because she wants no blood relationship with her aside from her father), SHE HAS PERSONALITY DISORDERS, SHE CLAIMED THAT HER MOTHER TRIED TO KILL HER BY BURNING HER, SHE DESPISES HER MOTHER HOPING THAT SHE WOULD HAVE DIED. Sound familiar? It definitely should! The protagonist just substituted her mental image of her past self, onto her image of the past tenant of the house. They really only met once when the protagonist was a child. Yet being scared of her as a kid, ingrained the girl as a villain in the shadow of the impressionable kid. The villain is simply the shadow of the protagonist. Additionally, they share many similarities, since that is what the protagonist conceived of herself. Both can't drive cars, both use fire extinguishers as weapons (she explains to her mother how to use a fire extinguisher as a weapon which is the same method the girl in the past killed others), they have the same exact stencil outlining their hands leading to a perfect overlap. Further signifying that she is just interacting with herself.

Instead of coming to terms with her own past, she tires to undue her fathers accident by altering history. Yet no matter what occured the resulting outcome is set. She remains response for her fathers death, while her mother is responsible protecting her family. This is the only consistent in all the narratives she perceived. She realizes that she was infact the one that burned down the house yet repressed. The girl in the past is just her shadow, a projection of unwanted thoughts. She blames the other girl for killing her father, when in actuality it was her. While the mother was the one that saved her, and burdened herself with the pain. This is symbolized by the mother protecting the protagonist in the past and present by grabbing the blade hands on and talking out the villain. Thus saving her child from guilt and harm. Any supposed changes in the past were only temporary fixes and not consistent with reality. Aside from trivial things such as leaving behind time capsules, which may as well have been placed by the younger protagonist. Any big change is only superficial yet quickly deteriorated. The father may have "survived" for a while but ultimately died because of the protagonists decisions. The mother had terminal brain cancer, changing the past wouldn't have prevented this. Surprisingly she never made a change regarding her mother, such as getting an early screening etc. yet she still miraculously fantasized that her mother was no longer terminally ill. This reveals that the altered events never actually occured, and had no merit at all. It was all a figment of her wild imagination. She simply wanted a reality where her father was happy and she no longer had to scapegoat her terminally ill mother. But more importantly, she could begin to forgive herself. So what really happened in the end? The father died in the fire, maybe in that vary house considering its charred and dilapidated state. This resulted, in underlying trauma and personality disorder within the protagonist. The protagonist blamed the mother for their predicament thus resenting her all this time. As she returned to the house she is literally haunted by the past. By the time she realizes the truth, her mother passed on from brain cancer and was buried along with the father. She tried to have closure by spending time with her father and properly saying goodbye to her mother. However she is still struck with grief and untreated mental illness, thus showing her bound in the basement.

Or... You can be superstitious like the shaman mother and believe in supernatural phenomenon. You can believe that the girl in the past is actually cursed and able to talk with future spirits. You can believe that shes is a serial killer that got away with it while living in the house undisturbed. You can believe that the protagonist that convinced herself of being innocent of manslaughter is somehow perfectly sane and would perceive the rest of her past truthfully. You can believe that two girls that happen to be the same age with similar problems had conversations with each other decades apart. It's your call.
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5/10
Entertaining but...
mastix7730 November 2020
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WTF was that ending??? I guess some people don't know when to stop... It made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
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7/10
Turn the movie off as soon as you see the credits
Taylor22083 December 2020
The scenes after the credits roll completely ruined the ending of what would have been a really great movie!
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5/10
A movie that failed itself
maah_heim4 December 2020
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A movie with a really interesting plot and overall nice development. It was really good at making the viewer feel anxious, and it did a really good job with its triller. Also, the acting was amazing.

The ending, however, ruined it. Aside from leaving a bad taste in the mouth, it didn't make sense. The future called the past? That's going against the rules the movie set up from the beginning...

Furthermore, the cemetery scene left a huge impression, and it gave the movie a meaning: Sometimes you take for granted the people around you and how much they love you. It was perfect. It would've been a great movie if it had stopped there. But then there had to be a credits scene just ignoring the rules the movie set up for the sake of being edgy.

I was extremely frustrated and mad at myself for sticking up to see the credits. Leaves a real bad taste in the mouth.
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6/10
Good movie, but the credits "ending" ruined it (Fanfic ending included)
jeffmccloudy3 December 2020
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Even the cemetery ending was not good enough. The movie lost sense in the middle of too many plot twists. An ending with a paradox would be better: After Seo-yeon 'forgiving' her mother during the call with Young-sook, she would let Sook kill her younger version and go to jail forever. This would create a paradox. She doesn't exist in the future, so she never pick up the phone. Sook never saves her dad and is not saved by Seo-yeon as well. The movie starts all over again. The phone rings and Seo-yeon knows exactly what to do: Never pick up the phone (and then let the audience create a theory that she repeated all process until her dad is saved and then she let Sook die LOL)
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7/10
Good Plot but ruins at the end.
joelkesek30 November 2020
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Good plot (althogh feels little bit similar to Frequency), great action and everything done almost perfectly. I was about to be amazed by how this movie ended until the last scene ruins the movie.
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9/10
Unpredictable
kidmiracleman27 November 2020
Good scenario with twisted story. You can't really tell who is the real evil one. And for the last months this movie was one the best among those mediocre and boring movies.
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5/10
Complicated but not the way it wants to be
tmpsvita29 November 2020
The Call is complicated but not in the way it wants to be. With a story like this one, original and very difficult to properly develop, you can have a great movie or and entertaining one but you need a really capable writer in both the cases. Unfortunately Chung-Hyun Lee is a decent director that knows how to entertain the audience but it's not a writer that knows how to handle a story this particular, even if he was the one that came up with it. This idea, because this is what we really see here: a great idea, needed more effort into the script to be transposed into something that made sense, instead the screenplay appears shallow, messy and ignorant, with logic too often sacrificed for entertainment purposes leading to plot holes and inconsistent plot twists that make you enjoy the movie less and less until it becomes more disappointing than engaging and more nonsensical than smart.
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5/10
Wasted my tears for that last ending???
sofiapenuliar4 December 2020
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The movie was clearly very written, every scene was not boring which is honestly very rare for movies nowadays. I'm sure the writers knew how to keep people on the edge of their seats; even those with the shortest span of attention. Almost every plot twist made sense and were well-thought of. However, note that I said 'almost'. The 'real' ending of this movie is simply not counted for me. The plot twist is not even understandable. The writers should have left the initial ending as it is, since it was very emotional and I definitely shed some tears, but the ending just left almost everyone with a giant question mark. Very unsatisfying.
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6/10
You will love this film until the ending destroys it
fahmiarofi9 December 2020
Watch it! You will love the genius and original storyline. But wait until the ending breaks the whole film. I mean, come on ...! The ending is an important element in the storyline of the entire film where the film is finally finished, before the screen turns off. It is not permissible for an ending to be forced in such a way as to fool and override logic. The audience is not as stupid as they think. Oh yeah, also the concept of timeline is so linear.
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7/10
I guess the lack of a logical or illogical explanation is to blame.
pegadodacruz27 November 2020
Definitely an interesting storyline to it and indeed overall a good movie. The highlights here are the lead characters. If it wasn't for the lack of logical or illogical explanation to things... at whatever level, this would be a much higher rating. But still if the intention is to let your imagination create realities of its own, then we'll done. Good one.
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10/10
Oh my god
qxka27 November 2020
Diabolical. Wicked. Incredible. This movie is insane in every way. I could not take my eyes off the screen while watching.
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8/10
SOUTH KOREA NEW MODERN THRILLER
aghaidhar27 November 2020
Lee Chung hyeon made a great start in his film career. the storyline not too complicated to understand. the cast played they role perfectly especially Jeon Jong-seo as Young sook. Her acting make me scared to see her. Overall this movie are superb to watch with your family and friends.
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10/10
Omg!
erhanipekciler27 November 2020
This is one of the best movie have ever watched. I love the story, good acting. I feel the tension really much. That was really different one. Highly recommend to watch.
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10/10
Powerful Cast Backed By Interesting Plot
dette_2527 November 2020
One of the best thrillers I've watched as of late. The plot was interesting, and unlike some other time slip stories I've seen. And Park Shin Hye and Jeon Jong Seo are outstanding! Park Shin Hye's acting went from one emotion to the other with much ease. While Jeon Jong Seo was brutal, tormenting you to bits. Overall, this movie was outstanding.
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10/10
Best Supense-Thriller Movie of 2020
Grateful-2147627 November 2020
Excellent acting of all the casts, brilliant direction and best time lapse. It's unpredictable and mind blowing. No dull moments. The main actresses really nailed it.
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5/10
It's ok, and certainly not a materpiece
Xavier_Stone6 December 2020
The first half is definitely interesting and keeps the viewers engaged. Then slowly dips into a b level horror film when a thinking thriller would have been much better suited. Several plot holes and average acting prevent this from becoming popular.

And yes there are two endings, one before the credits and one after, which is added as a kinda gotcha punch but actually makes zero sense as others have accurately pointed out and just further exposes the poor story line.
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7/10
Park Shin-hye is fantastic...
tccandler28 November 2020
You have to buy into the absurd concept of a phone call traveling through time... and there are literally dozens of logical leaps your sane mind will have to make... but if you accept the premise, this Korean thriller generates serious chills. Park Shin-hye is fantastic and pulls together all the loose ends with a superb central performance.
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10/10
Thriller action movie
jenalyntalaman27 November 2020
The Call movie was so good... worth to watch... Park Shin Hye is a great actress in any genre... They're acting was so amazing... I'll watched it again and again... Congratulations to all...
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10/10
Best thriller of2020
yneelima-6401127 November 2020
I really appreciate the efforts of the whole cast and crew..I enjoyed watching it.. Parkshinhye and jungseo nailed it.
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9/10
Nice movie
merischanghi27 November 2020
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Spoilers Well, the plot is really gripping. I cannot stop watching until it ends. But I am a little confused about the ending. Well, I think the heroine is taken captive by the other woman. It is not a happy ending. I feel sad.
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