Every time I hear that America is redoing any film I automatically know that I have to see the original first. I'm not hating on my own country but hey, they don't always get it right. So when I saw the preview for One Last Call I seriously thought that maybe this could quite possibly be one of the dumbest movies ever made. If you think about it the movie is like the little girl from "The Ring" has become lord of the cell phones. You can't lie and say that it doesn't sound like that but hey sometimes I'm wrong. I just happened by the original Japanese version and I was a bit curious.
The movie is about an evil spirit that has completely taken over cell phones. The victim gets a phone call with a weird ring tone that's completely different than the one they set. It turns out to be some creepy child's lullaby. Everybody in here seems to be smart cause none of them answer the phone but it doesn't last for long. A message is left and when they listen, they hear their deaths just a few days before it happens. Creepy right? But what makes it worse is the gruesome ways these people die.
A schoolgirl gets the call one day. On the day she is said to die, she is suddenly thrown into a train while talking to her friend. The spirit gets a hold of the numbers in her phone and now her friends are in danger. It seems that nothing can stop it from happening but a cop whose sister died after receiving the phone call is trying. He also has the help of the latest victims friend who has now been added to the list and only has a few days before she dies.
Takashi Miike (Addicted) directed this film, which gives a lot of confidence when you buy or rent this. He certainly did a great job with this one. I love that it was very dark and creepy, it also held a great mystery. After I saw the first 15 minutes I really wanted to keep watching just to see what the heck was going on. There were some cool shockers also, some crusty hands started rushing out of the darkness and I went crazy. The acting was extremely good, especially in the part when one of the young girls is waiting for her time to run out. She is terrified and knows that nothing good is coming. She was crying, breathing heavily, and shaking. She looked so real that I couldn't believe she was acting. To conclude "One missed call" had great suspense and nice pacing. It isn't a 5 star to me but it is definitely good enough to receive 4 stars. There weren't many flaws but I thought that the concept and execution were between 4 or 4 1/2 stars.
** out of **** Here is a film that was almost on the good side of decent, but staggered right from the start. This causes the admittedly ambitious premise to go to nigh complete waste, and this also causes Takashi Miike's "One Missed Call" to come a bit short when it comes to scares, entertainment, story, characters, or anything, for the matter. Yet, this is not quite a bad film. It's about a mysterious phone-call that people keep getting. The voice … more
One can feel the J-Horror bubble burst while viewing this. A fine plot is poorly advanced by its derivative premise: college kids receive voicemail recordings via cell phone of their own impending deaths, all of which inevitably occur. This film's first act advances dully as useless characters are predictably dispatched, and only becomes intriguing as it approaches the source of this mayhem - a deceptively simple instance of familial abuse. Those first plodding forty … more
Cult horror favorite Takashi Miike takes on a more mainstream J-horror movie with “ONE MISSED CALL” (aka. Chakushin Ari, 2003) and yes, the film is a little different from Miike’s other films such as the brilliant “Audition” and the unnervingly almost satiric “Visitor Q”; “One Missed … more