One Missed Call (2008)

Genre(s): Horror / Mystery / Thriller
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 87 minutes - $28.98 || April 22, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-04-11


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Eric Valette
Writer(s): Yasushi Akimoto (novel "Chakushin ari"); Minako Daira (screenplay, "Chakushin ari"), Andrew Klavan (screenplay)
Cast:


Theatrical Release Date: January 4, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85), Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

ďWhat will it sound like when you die?Ē Answer: The opening notes of this movie.

One Missed Call is the latest in the popular Americanized Japanese Horror genre. Thus far, the quality of these remakes has been, at best, spotty. The only one that was good in its own right was The Ring with the rest brining up the rear. The last remake to come to the theaters was the truly awful Pulse starring Kristen Bell. Pulse was filmed in Eastern Europe but took place in Ohio... Yeah, that makes sense. Although One Missed Call joins the rest in the line of turds, itís at least merely on the lower end of the scale rather than at the bottom. But itís nice that this one was actually filmed in the right place where the buildings look proper.

One Missed Call stars Shannyn Sossamon and Ed Burns as Beth and Detective Andrews. The pair goes in search of their careers and the link to mysterious cell phone calls where the recipient hears their own death! Spooky, right? Not really... If you want more of a rundown, I can also tell you the characters spend some time either on their cell phone or looking at it with intensity matched only by a debate between Obama and Clinton. Now that is intense!

Normally I donít any preparation before reviewing a movie as I feel no research should be done in order to understand the subject, but since my expectations for this film were low, I chose to view the Japanese original both for comparison and so it would not ruin my first impressions. Outside of the ending, which is the most Americanized part, the two films are basically identical with only bits and pieces taken out. The original has a runtime of 113-minutes, this one: 87. I guess my thanks should go to Editor Steven Mirkovich.

The problem with this One Missed Call isnít for the lack of originality, that alone doesnít make it a terrible movie, but it is the lack of direction, passion and characters that was the downfall. Honestly, what happened to Sossamon and Burns? I realize theyíre not top star actors or anything, but theyíve had minor success in their careers. This is not to mention Meagan Good making a very quick cameo appearance and Ray Wise as a sleazy TV reporter and hottie Ana Claudia Talancon (Alone with Her).

However the highlight of the entire picture and perhaps the most hilarious moment Iíve witnessed so far in the early 21st century is the exorcism performed on a friggin cell phone! Worst yet, it is played so serious, the ďMST3KĒ folks would have a field day with just those 2-minutes.

I canít even begin to put a finger on who is to blame. Is it the writer? No, he merely copied the original, just making the ending less confusing, though a couple things still make little sense and served only to ďfrightenĒ audiences. The director? Eric Valette seems to have done his best given probably a small budget and he avoids turning on the gloom and doom vision making the film itself way too dark (a mistake made by Pulse director Jim Sonzero), but without a story that has absolutely zero momentum combined with characters who didnít care either about what they were doing.

If there is anything positive to take away from the film, at least itís a notch up on a few of the other remakes. I guess if you have low expectations or are VERY easily scared by the ring of a cell phone ó speaking of which, it is hard to get the ring tone out of your mind ó, then One Missed Call is right for you, otherwise avoid at all cost.

ONE MISSED CALL is a Warner Bros. release and is rated PG-13 for Intense Sequences of Violence and Terror, Frightening Images, Some Sexual Material and Thematic Elements.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Given the lack of both critical and audience reactions, itís no surprise the disc contains no extras. Warner was kind enough to provide both the widescreen and full screen versions.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

The video actually doesnít look half bad. Most of the film is fairly dark and although black levels could be better, I canít think this is any different than what was seen in theaters. It is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.85 OAR. Similarly the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is suitable for most home theaters, just donít expect anything fantastic. French and Spanish language 5.1 tracks are also available.



.::OVERALL::.

I have a hard time even thinking of a reason to watch this remake. While itís not nearly as bad as the others, namely Pulse, thereís little here that works. From the acting to the writing and direction, One Missed Call misses the mark by a wide margin.