A random wrong number on Ryan’s (Chris Evans) cell phone sends him into a high-stakes race against time to save kidnapped Jessica Martin’s (Kim Basinger) life. With no knowledge of Jessica other than her hushed, fearful voice on the other end of the tenuous cell phone connection, Ryan is quickly thrown into a world of deception and murder in a frantic search to find and save her. The lives of Jessica and her family are in his hands, but what is waiting for him on the other side of the line – and what will it cost him to find out? –New Line Cinema
David Richard Ellis (born September 8, 1952) is an American film director and former stuntman. Ellis was born in Hollywood, California. He began his career in the film industry as a supporting actor in juvenile roles; his big screen debut was in the 1975 Kurt Russell film The Strongest Man in the World. One year later, he switched to stunts in the film Baby Blue Marine and worked from then on as a stuntman. His next career move came in 1981 with the promotion to stunt coordinator. After a successful five years in this position, he worked from 1986 on as an assistant director or second assistant director, in charge of action sequences from films such as The Matrix Revolutions and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
In 1996, Ellis made his debut as a director in the Disney live-action film Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, and has attained more attention for directing Final Destination 2 (2003), the continuation of the financially successful horror film franchise… read more
Although the film reeks of the typical action music score and fast-paced chases, there was clear, linear narrative here that was enjoyable to watch. This was made during a time when cell phones were still considered a novelty (almost), since the film uses them as a primary tool to further plot. Also, Chris Evans was barely known here, which puts him in a different light than newer films. A fun ride for sure!