One Missed Call [Blu-ray]
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Unfortunately, as far as remakes go, 'One Missed Call' looks like a poor excuse for a clone of the earlier and far superior Japanese remake, 'The Ring.' Both focused on technology, killing good looking college aged kids, ghosts, child abuse, and a race against time to stop a pattern based curse from spiraling out of control. And let's face it, even in The Ring, these plots are a stretch to the imagination. I don't know anyone who freaks out upon finding an unmarked videotape, and I highly doubt anyone will be afraid to pick up their cell phones or check their messages.
Like in the Ring, the story starts with the picking off of a bunch of arbitrary characters who receive a call from themselves in the future, and get a voicemail of themselves when they die. Beth (Sossamon) is witness to this and wants to get to the bottom of the curse, but nobody takes her seriously, and who can blame them? So she enlists the help of one detective, Andrews (Burns), who does believe her, only because something similar happened to his sister, so he has a motive and reason to help.Read more ›
out of me. I put my phone to silent after watching this!
This movie has a few new wrinkles though. It plays into modern fears that cell phones might be taking over our lives. It wrings a new villain out of technology. In addition to hoping the vengeful spirit gets defeated, we hope to see the medium of the cell phone given its comeuppance. So this movie held my interest, delivered a few chills, and perhaps made me perennially just a little wary about checking my caller ID.
OK - I've vented enough.
This was turning into a really good movie, until about halfway through, when the Ed Burns characted comes more into play. Then, the plots holes, wooden acting, and all-too-convenient happenings take over. Still, I'd give it three stars - good to rent, not to own.
Essentially, the movie's plot breaks down as a Final Destination meets Alltel's "My Circle 5" campaign. When a person gets a voicemail - the call is suspiciously absent - they hear their own voice moments before death. To top it all off, the voicemail is time-date stamped at the time of death. So, if there is a voicemail with a date of 2045, then it's clear for you to laugh in the face of the terror and danger - like I did the entire movie.
The main character in the movie, Beth Raymond (Shannyn Sossamon), has a collection of friends who one-by-one have received a voicemail letting them know that death is on the way. It begins with a nurse - who happens to be the sister of Jack Andrews (Edward Burns), a detective helping Beth solve the mysterious voicemails, and the original victim of the insidious killer (1). After that, the chain of events has begun. Each death shown on screen is borderline hilarious. At first an arbitrary girl and her stupid cat go scuba diving without gear in a backyard pool (2), then a grotesque blonde gets sent into orbit by a moving train (3), followed by a grungy moron who quickly learns why construction sites require hardhats (4), and finally a bad foreign actress who receives a rear-naked chokehold from one of the ghostly, evil jujitsu-practicing killers (5). Alltel's product placement is now complete.Read more ›
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The quality of the movie is great but the movie itself isnt. Its worth watching if you fancy cheesy horror movies with a million plot holes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca Frieri
Love this movie, great thriller. Great delivery time. Thank you!Published 2 months ago by Misty Mary
Teens get a call on their cell and then they see dead people and die. It's pretty repetitive but a good horror flick.Published 3 months ago by LUVSERIES69
I'll give 3 stars to the story. It was just an average thriller. But...I would like to give 5 stars each to Shannyn Sossamon and Ana Claudia Talancon. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gitaa player
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