The Calling - 'a solid if rather daft film'
Thriller. Starring Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Christopher Heyordahl, Topher Grace, Donald Sutherland. Directed by Jason Stone. Cert 15A
The Catholic Church also features heavily in this decent enough serial killer yarn — the Anglicans are obviously too busy organising whist drives and making cucumber sandwiches to be dealing with demons and religious nutjobs — in which a link is made between a sequence of gruesome murders taking place across small towns in Southern Ontario.
Detective Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) is coming towards the end of her career, suffering from terrible back pain, living with her mother (Ellen Burstyn) and dealing with her addictions to booze and painkillers when her sleepy town is the scene of three bizarre deaths in the space of a week.
What follows is a police procedural in which a bright young detective (Topher Grace) makes a connection which leads the police to enlist the help of Father Price (Donald Sutherland), an expert in ancient Latin and all manner or arcane rituals, in order to stop the killings.
In fairness, The Calling does turn the standard norms on its head about halfway through by effectively showing us the killer — but to reveal more would have the plot spoiler police knocking on my door and who’d want that? All in all, a solid if rather daft film.