Dir: Charles Barker.
With: Morfydd Clark, Max Deacon, Ali Cook, Tom Benedict Knight. 90 mins. Cert:
With the IMAX-scaled Warcraft inbound, this lowish-budget
Brit attempt to replicate gaming’s immersive properties – stalking nerds around
corporation’s wipe-clean HQ while they beta-test a VR shoot-‘em-up – risks
looking a touch Amstrad-like, yet it’s been capably produced. Writer-director
Charles Barker may cleave to a dusty old slasher-pic template – most evident in
the identities of the first to die and last player standing – but he hustles
everybody briskly between levels, sending his industrious design team ahead of
him to redress a presumably limited number of sets. If it’s far from bleeding
edge – within days, it’ll look as dated as Tron
and The Lawnmower Man do today – it’s
a modest upgrade on all those killer website movies that popped up a decade
ago, keeping us at least semi-interested as to who stands and falls. It’ll fill
a slot, if your Xbox connection is down and you felt inspired to quit the sofa. The Call Up opens in selected cinemas today, ahead of its DVD release on Monday.