“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.
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.