On the Line (2022): Movie Review

Plot: A dangerous game. Played live.

A host takes a call, where an unknown person threatens to kill the showman's entire family on air. To save loved ones, the radio host will have to play a survival game and the only way to win is to find out the identity of the criminal.

Review: The opening scene of the movie tells the tale of Elvis Cooney, a radio host who loves his wife and children.

He seems to be a respectable husband and a good father. He reports for work one evening to see a strange man entering the structure housing his radio station.

On Elvis' radio program, a stranger tries to preach the gospel or something similar, but Elvis is able to get him to leave. 

Elvis is a skilled orator who can manipulate situations to suit his needs in order to achieve his objectives.

The narrative sets deeper when a caller to the show begins to question Elvis live on the phone about whether or not he is having an affair with Mary, a female coworker.

Mary appears to be having sex with Elvis but doesn't want him to reveal it to the caller.

The situation becomes more problematic when the caller threatens to harm Elvis' wife and child if he doesn't comply with his instructions.

In order to keep his family alive, Elvis must honestly respond to the caller's queries before moving on to a series of, let's say, hurdles.

Elvis' address is known by this caller, who claims not to be after any cash. As an alternative, the caller claims that Elvis abused a former female radio station employee who later committed suicide.

Elvis doesn't appear to care much about the woman because he has trouble remembering what he did to this woman.

It doesn't take long for us to realize that the caller is a security guard who comforted the woman Elvis abused and that it's now time for Elvis to get even.

HITS: This story grabs the audience's attention because it is frightful. The storyline captivates the audience.

FLOPS: On the Line fails because the plot takes unexpected turns that are difficult to describe without giving away crucial plot points. This may leave viewers feeling let down, and it also gives the impression that the director pieced together segments of a completely different kind of movie.

NOTE: Gibson performs well and effectively in this movie. He's always had charisma, and it shows as he tries to talk himself out of a potentially fatal circumstance. Alia Seror O'Neill, who debuted as Mary, did put on a good performance.

Rating: 7/10

Release date: Nov 3, 2022 (United States)

Genre:  Thriller

Language: English 

Stars: Mel Gibson, Kevin Dillon, William Moseley

Director: Romuald Boulanger

Writer: Romuald Boulanger


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