**/**** Image C Sound C
starring Laura Harris, Richard Lintern, Francis Magee, Alice Krige
screenplay by John Rice & Rudy Gaines
directed by Richard Caesar
by Walter Chaw A retelling of Polanski's creep classic Rosemary's Baby that plays more like its high-profile carbon copy The Astronaut's Wife, Richard Caesar's direct-to-video The Calling most recalls the good-bad Richard Donner movie The Omen. While that speaks to a small measure of gritty genre credibility, it still doesn't forgive The Calling's many failings (including the lack of a dynamic villain figure and a distended second act) by a long shot. But at the least, The Calling doesn't spend any time trying to be something other than an apocalyptic demon spawn flick, and that honesty of modest intention forgives a multitude of sins.