The Call, 2020
Directed by Chung-Hyun Lee
Starring Park Shin-Hye, Jong-seo Jun, Sung-ryung Kim, El Lee, and Ho-San Park
Two people live in separate times. Seo-Yeon (Park Shin-Hye) lives in the present and Young-Sook (Jong-seo Jun) lives in 1999. One phone call connects the two, and their lives are changed irrevocably.
The premise for this time-shifting Korean thriller is an absolute doozy; what about Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock’s soft-focus romance The Lakehouse, but twisted so hard that blood drips from the cloth? You had me at The Lakehouse.
Much like they are for Park Shin-Hye’s orphaned Seo-Yeon, events in the opening twenty minutes of The Call are a confusing blend of flashbacks, cellular time travel (ish), and strange CGI effects. It’s almost enough to make you consider hanging up.