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  • Mar 5, 2009
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A remake of a Japanese horror film of the same name, "One Missed Call" uses technology and ghosts (as so many of these Japanese films and their American copycats do) in an attempt to generate scares. And much like many of its predecessors, "One Missed Call" does little more than make the viewer wonder why they are sitting through yet another boring techno/ghost flick.

In the film, a string of deaths occur that are tied together by cell phones. The soon-to-be deceased receive a message that plays out their final seconds of life. Once they have died, their phone dials up the next victim.

Luckily for the viewer, "A Knight's Tale" starlet Shannyn Sossamon notices the cellular connection and goes hunting for clues in order to prevent the death of her friends and of herself. Along for the ride in this stale horror is Ed Burns, who plays the only detective who believes Sossamon's story.

The entire film is bland. About the only thing that it has going for it is the eerie tone that is set by the appearance of the ghosts and the visions that victims have before they meet their doom. Unfortunately for "One Missed Call," this atmospheric effect has been used and abused by Japanese filmmakers (and the Hollywood types who copy them) for a long time. In other words, if you've watched "The Grudge," "The Ring," or any of the other originals or remakes of any of this genre, you've seen it all before.

For some strange reason, Margaret Cho is cast as one of Burns' fellow detectives. She delivers the poorest acting job in the film, delivering her lines as if she's reading them off of a teleprompter. This only adds to the "blah" feel of this film.

No originality, wooden acting, and just downright boring, I don't recommend "One Missed Call." I rarely give poor reviews of films, but I feel that the viewing audience should know about this one.

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Yet more modern technology falls prey to the influence of eeeeevil spirits inOne Missed Call, a horror flick following firmly in the footsteps ofThe Ring,Pulse, and other remakes of Japanese creepfests. Good-looking young people are receiving voice-mails that prefigure their gruesome deaths; Beth (Shannyn Sossamon,40 Days and 40 Nights) and Jack (Ed Burns) race against time to find the source of this cell-phone curse, leading them to a dark and treacherous burnt-out hospital. Little is fresh here--One Missed Callapes every other Japanese horror remake, using corpse makeup, blurry images at the corner of the screen or just out of sight, lots of ambient rattles and gasps, spooky-looking children, and the slow, trembling turn towards a ringing phone... which stopped being scary about four or five movies ago. But for fans of this particular subgenre,One Missed Callmay evoke the warm, enjoyable familiarity that devotees of 1970s horror feel towards the repetitive output of Hammer Films. Ray Wise (Reaper,Twin Peaks) has a bit of fun as a cynical TV producer; comedian Margaret Cho has such a brief, throwaway part as a skeptical cop that one wonders if the rest of her role is on the cutting room floor; and Meagan Good (Brick,Stomp the Yard) gets prominent billing but is hardly in the movie at all.--Bret Fetzer
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