Eklund Editorials: Bobby – The Divide (2011)

I have a spreadsheet that contains everything Michael Eklund has acted in and my goal is to watch all of it and blog about it along the way. There will be spoilers.

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Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.

This movie is not for kids and not for a lot of adults. It’s dirty, disgusting in parts (there are moments of sexual assault) and will stick with you for days after you finish watching it. That said, I love apocalyptic movies and movies dealing with the idea of the effects of nuclear war. This one does a good job filling that genre. If you’ve seen the movie Threads this movie has some of those gut-wrenching moments that you reflect on some time after. (Threads trailer) The only difference is this movie doesn’t have the documentary feel that Threads does, replacing it with a slow-burn thriller beginning with the nuclear bomb detonating.

The movie centers around the slow deterioration of a group of nine people trying to survive inside a bomb shelter in the basement of their apartment building. Let me be clear though, this isn’t the Walking Dead, that show seems downright clean compared to this movie. The Walking Dead has hope, the Divide takes that away with the kidnapping of the only child in the group early on.

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Eklund Editorials: The Call (2013)

I have a spreadsheet that contains everything Michael Eklund has acted in and my goal is to watch all of it and blog about as much of it as I can along the way. There will be spoilers.

The important question is: where to start?

Naturally, when faced with 130+ TV shows and movies to watch, it’s only natural to pick the Canadian made serial killer film featuring Halle Berry as a troubled 911 dispatch operator, right? My first Michael Eklund filmography pick was The Call.”

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When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.

The Call is Michael Eklund’s first “big time” Hollywood film. It was nominated for 11 awards and he won a Leo Award for it in 2014 for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture.

Directed by: Brad Anderson
Story by: Richard D’Ovidio, Nicole D’Ovidio & Jon Bokenkamp
Available on: Canadian Netflix and Youtube

I have a few rules when it comes to watching everything an actor has done and one of them is to always watch the serial killer movie first if there is one. I think you can tell a lot about an actor by how they handle complex roles like serial killers. I started looking into the movie and when I read a quote from Eklund on playing his character Michael Foster in The Call, it cemented my resolve to watch it first.

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