One Missed Call (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Horror / Mystery / Thriller
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 87 minutes - $35.99 || April 22, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-04-20


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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

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: 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)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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One Missed Call? More like One missed hour and 27 minutes of my life.

Letís start the review off with the good: Ana Claudia Telancon (Taylor) looks amazing in this film, and I have a soft spot for the lovely Azura Skye (Leanne). That's it. Everything else in this movie is bad bad bad. The acting is laughable, the pace (even for being an incredibly short 87 minutes) is slow, and of course the story itself... just horrific. At least the movie Pulse had Kristen Bell to watch the entire time; this movie has no redeeming features of any kind.

The general plot of the movie is that several different people receive voice mails (Well, their identical different colored phones ring and they can never seem to pick up the phone before it goes to voice mail. How convenient) from their future selves that generally last a few seconds with them mumbling about their own deaths. Apparently the time stamp of the missed call (from the future!) signifies the time and day of when they will die. Now, when they do in fact die, their phone either starts dialing a random person in their phone book, or in one case, their dead body will dial the number. Oh, and somehow each person also ends up with a piece of hard red candy in their mouth. You think I'm kidding about the plot right? No, this is the actual plot of this "movie".

Every character in the movie has the same exact boost mobile phone. The only difference is the color and maybe a sticker. Of course when they check their voice mail no password is needed. Just press the 'Download' button and no matter how long you hold it, as soon as you give it to your buddy to hear it the pre-recorded message will start. A smart person may say "Well, why not just take the battery out of the phone so it can't ring?" Well, they tried that, it STILL rung! "How about breaking the phone?" Yep, they tried that too, somehow another phone in the area will also ring with your spooky death mail. "OK, how about just erasing all the numbers from the phone book?Ē They tired that...and it worked! The incredibly hot Taylor (Ana Claudia) let some of her friends at school remove their names from her phone book, and of course all of them were spared. Unfortunately, the main character Beth (Shannyn Sossamon) dragged her away so not everyone could be removed. But apparently removing names from the phone book did work and none of the characters in this scene were every shown again, and we must assume they all survived. So why not do this in the first place?

How about the acting? Well, several people die and the characters show no emotion for it. Apparently they are all best friends, some lovers, and they could care less that someone they knew just died. I can't even recall anyone shedding a tear. Oh, and we have some sort of subplot where the main character Beth is afraid of looking out the peep holes of doors. Were never sure why until the very end, but luckily it saves her life. Phew!

The movie is rated PG-13, so don't expect much in terms of blood or violence. Most of the scares in this film are random noises like cats jumping, things falling down, cars driving by suddenly, asthma inhalers etc. I'm not sure what they are called, but the dead people that walk the streets do look pretty cool, but we only see them for a few scenes. Since they mainly just walk and wave, they are not really that scary.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This is going to be tough to grade. There is absolutely not a single special feature at all. Not even a trailer. I'm torn between giving this 0 stars and 5 stars. The only reason I'm debating a 5 star rating is because there is no special features...which is a good thing in this case. I would hate to have to sit through a commentary or a making of featurette for this thing called a movie. I'll go old fashion with this and give it a big 0.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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One Missed Call is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 being encoded in 1080p/VC1 on a 25GB disc. The video quality is actually pretty good. Considering how horrible the movie is, I'm a little shocked Warner spent the time to make this film look good. There are a few instances of heavy grain in some of the darker scenes, but most look very clear and vibrant. Not demo mater by any means, but decent quality.

Warner gives us several different audio tracks to choose from. Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, French, and Spanish (as well as an English one for the hearing impaired?), and finally Dolby Digital 2.0. Overall the audio was a bit of a letdown. My rear speakers were only used on occasion, and most of the time it was for a fright scare like a cat jumping into scene or a car driving by. Pretty disappointing.



.::OVERALL::.

Avoid this trash, please. Don't buy it, don't rent it. This movie has no redeeming qualities and should be forgotten. This film is an absolute joke and should never be seen. Itís not even so bad itís good like Troll 2. Please, just do something else with your money.


Note: Images do not necessarily represent the true quality of the disc. These were taken from standard DVD.