The Call Up


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The Call Up
Release Date:
15th July 2016
90 min
MPAA Rating:
Charles Barker
Charles Barker
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When a group of elite online gamers each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game, it’s a dream come true and impossible to resist. Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism. At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience. But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology quickly takes a turn for the sinister. Once the group are attacked by enemy combatants, they soon realize this is no game after all. Make a mistake here and you pay with your life. Now these masters of the shoot ‘em up will have to fight for survival within a game gone bad, but this time it’s for real.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 0%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 37%
IMDb Rating 4.7


Chris Obi as The Sergeant
Max Deacon as Soxxx_1/Carl Anderson
Morfydd Clark as Shelly
Parker Sawyers as Str8 Shoot3r/Andre

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Callista_CM 3rd July, 2016

Nothing exceptional, but actually decent.

I really don't get why some people hate this movie so much. The actors are pretty decent for this kind of movie and while you sometime think the characters are being plain stupid, i'd be willing to bet if it happened for real, it would be worse, regular people in life or death situation are scared and dumb. The character development could be better, but there's enough of it to get the story going, there's the scared youngster, the good guy, the hopeless nerd, the jerk, the ex-soldier... sure it doesn't go real deep into details, but you get a pretty good sense of the kind of people they are. The plot is interesting, the cgi is good enough, there's plenty of AAA movies that did way worse out there and incoming (supposedly scary cartoony looking neon ghost anyone?). So yeah, 7/10 for me, i liked it.

Reviewed by brockleyavenue 15th June, 2016

Not bad at all...See for yourself

I'm a little stunned at some of the bad reviews this movies has had. It isn't that bad at all. It has it's typical character types for a movie of this type to give the story a bit of 'zap' and these characters emerge immediately. It's well done for a low budget movie, with good acting and directing ideas, and for once, I didn't pre-empt what the ending would be like. I was a little surprised, which doesn't happen often, yet viewers will determine the way the movie will go, as that is what it is..a game. I can tell you, there are some shocking movies out there that have ratings too high, with acting so laughable and the directing a nightmare to watch, yet this movie holds it own, actors and direction. See for yourself.

Reviewed by Valorum 29th May, 2016

Not bad

The cinematography was pretty solid. It starts off well, the concept was decent. A lot more thought went into this then some other big budget movies with logic not completely discarded. Yes it was a little predictable but still entertaining. There was no point where I had the impression of it being "cheap". I think it's unfair to rate it as low as some others have done. I think resorting to faking the reviews irritates people and is self-destructive in the long run hence why some extreme reactions and very bad reviews. My only issue was the final 10 seconds of the film. I would have taken "the bag", I think anyone in that position would have. I understand why this wasn't done, "symbolism" but I believe it would have been much more creative to have the person in question go back at the last minute just when everyone would have thought, it wouldn't be the case, and the final final scene is the person leaving with it.

Reviewed by allenandginter 25th May, 2016

Far too many shill accounts on IMDb to consider reviews honest on new movies

Well, I knew it was a long shot that a movie with under 20 reviews ( It has 29 at the writing of this) was an honest review. Friends of cast,cast, employees of production companies, etc. I get it though. A falsely inflated review get's you to spend that cash only to be face palming 2 hours later. The Cinematography was solid. No back yard iPhone movie here. The intro CGI was done well. The CGI in the movie was BAD...the acting was worse. Thee were 2 people whom could act, the others...just were bad. Right down to the final, badly written and poorly acted, scene The plot was as transparent as glass with nothing "Surprising" in the entire movie. Si yes, the reviews here, at least the initial reviews, were shilled reviews meant to dupe we the consumer into paying for crap. This movie is destined to be a "pay service" freebie inside of 30 days with no doubt. You will find it on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and so forth. In my day we would have called it a "Straight to video" movie. IMO, this should have been a straight to youtube movie.

Reviewed by mr-roboto-kilroy 25th May, 2016

Could have been a really good movie, but sadly ... NOT!

At first glance at the synopsis, this movie had a pretty good premise/plot. Unfortunately it doesn't follow through with the promise of being an exciting action adventure Science Fiction. Poor writing, poor acting, poor directing coupled with a low budget and you have yourself a boring movie. It took every bit of mental strength that I had to finish watching it so that I could write this review. I wouldn't feel right writing a negative review if I didn't finish the movie. Also I was waiting for something that would change my mind. Maybe a fantastic twist at the end or maybe it would get even a little bit better...but no....sadly not. I cannot recommend this movie. I am a Sci-Fi geek and love the VR world concept and gaming, but even I couldn't find find any good in this flick. I just kept on thinking how the makers of this movie would recover the monies that they invested in this flop.