One Missed Call

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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Shannyn Sossamon as Beth Raymond
Edward Burns as Jack Andrews
Ana Claudia Talancón as Taylor Anthony
Ray Wise as Ted Summers
Azura Skye as Leann Cole
Johnny Lewis as Brian Sousa
Jason Beghe as Ray Purvis
Margaret Cho as Mickey Lee
Meagan Good as Shelley Baum
Rhoda Griffis as Marie Layton
Dawn Dininger as Monster Marie
Ariel Winter as Ellie Layton
Raegan Lamb as Laurel Layton
Karen Beyer as Mrs. Ford

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1) and Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“What Will It Sound Like When You Die?

Who Will Be Next To Get The Call?

It happens to one. Then another. And another. College students discover eerie voicemail messages on their cell phones. Each call comes from the near future. Each call has the chilling voice of the student during his or her last moments alive. And each call comes true.

Terror is ‘One Missed Call’ away in this got-your-number shocker based on the hit Japanese thriller Chakushin ari. Does the viral spree of calls have a single source? Is there something that links the victims? Psych student Beth Raymond (Shannyn Sossamon) and detective Jack Andrews (Ed Burns) scramble for answers. And they’re working fast. Because Beth just discovered an ominous message.”

“One Missed Call” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, frightening images, some sexual material and thematic elements.

Mini-Review:
I don’t know why, but horror movies featuring haunted technology just aren’t scary to me. We’ve seen haunted TVs, computers, and more. Now it’s haunted cell phones. Maybe it’s because it’s too familiar it just isn’t scary. Or maybe it’s the story surrounding it that’s at fault. In any case, there’s very little scary about “One Missed Call.”

The trailer for “One Missed Call” spoils almost all the movie. You see how many of the characters are killed early in the film. You also see many moments from the final confrontation. I think all but the last 15 minutes are ruined from the trailer. (Or maybe the trailer saves you from watching the movie, depending on our point of view.) What’s left isn’t enough of a payoff to justify investing time in the rest of the film. It doesn’t help matters that the story is quite predictable. Even without seeing the trailer, you could probably guess what will happen without much effort.

“One Missed Call” is also very slowly paced. There are numerous scenes where characters walk down long, creepy hallways. There are a lot of false jumps and scares. It gets to the point where you could fast forward through much of the 87 minutes and not miss anything.

The acting is OK, nothing special. Edward Burns is an OK cop as Jack Andrews. It’s refreshing to have a cop believe someone in a horror movie for once. Unfortunately, Shannyn Sossamon doesn’t do much with the character of Beth Raymond. There’s almost nothing that makes her stand out. None of the other supporting cast is noteworthy (except for a serious Margaret Cho who plays the aforementioned unbelieving cop).

Overall, “One Missed Call” is a disappointment. It’s slow, boring, and not scary. To top things off there are no bonus features included on this DVD.

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