Although the film is underrated, the concept of the film, Frequency, is beloved by those who have viewed it. John’s (Jim Caviezel), life is in shambles because he has never fully recovered from his father’s (Dennis Quaid) death when he was a child. His anguish resurfaces with the anniversary of his father’s passing, when by chance he is able to reach him on his old short wave radio. His father is still alive in the past and John is able to prevent his death by telling him when and where it is going to happen. However, by changing the course of history (or by altering the space/time continuum, as Dr. Emmett Brown says) several innocent people die as a result. They attempt to right their wrongs and for the most part have a happy ending.
The film The Caller mirrors this heartwarming story, but takes a darker twist as a stranger from the past telephones someone in the future. Mary (Rachel Lefevre) is contacted by a woman who believes she is calling a friend of hers. Mary shrugs it off until she is contacted by the woman again and realizes that woman may need her help. After some research, she learns that woman on the phone, Rose (Lorna Raver), lived in her apartment and past away some time ago. Similar to herself, she was a victim of domestic violence and ultimately took her own life. She empathizes with the woman and wants to prevent her death. However, she soon realizes that Rose is not like her when she tells Mary that she has killed her abusive husband and then becomes obsessed with her. As Rose’s history unfolds people who try to help Mary meet dire consequences. People who are alive in the present time mysteriously disappear or die in the past, but Mary and Rose are the only ones aware of the change. Just as Dennis Quaid’s character burns his desk in the past and the mark shows up on the desk in the future, Rose can burn things in the past, too.
Although the film spins off Frequency it is still very interesting and worth watching. Also, The Caller will appeal to True Blood fans as Stephen Moyer, who plays vampire Bill Compton, is Mary’s love interest in the film. He is a very endearing, memorable character. In case you did not make the connection, Levfevre, also plays vampire Victoria, in the first two Twilght films.
Where to find these films locally: Video 1