When Warner Bros. first announced the remake of One Missed Call (trailer) I was quite excited, but somehow during the duration of promoting the film I lost any interest whatsoever. I still plan on checking out the film in theaters this weekend, but after SpookyDan’s review, which can be viewed inside, I’m not quite sure it’s such a good idea. So read on to see what Spooky had to say about the film and watch this spot for the official review late night tomorrow from Ryan.
One Missed Call
Rating: 2/5 Skulls
In the film a college student misses a cell phone call, but when she checks her messages she listens to herself getting murdered three days in the future.
The film carries your typical creepy ghost kids, a scary teddy bear and a disgruntled cop trying to figure out why his sister’s death is connected to the other random deaths. All the victims have one thing in common; they die with a piece of hard candy in their mouths… ohhh spooky!
The movie starts out in a style reminiscent of the FINAL DESTINATION films, sans the cleverness. How will they die? We know when it will happen, but now we have to see the hilarity ensue as the moment approaches. The story here is the main problem, things just don’t make sense, and it fails to adhere to its own rules. For instance in one scene a victim will be killed by a scary hand, and the next it’s a ghost, and the next it’s an amazing zombie like corpse. Huh? I thought this was about scary cell phones! Now you understand why it’s “hilarious.”
One positive thing about ONE MISSED CALL is that it looks amazing; it has a kick ass style to it, and while it isn’t very original it certainly works for the film. Some genuinely creepy effects also help give the final product a nice expensive looking gloss.
Unfortunately, the acting isn’t going to win any Oscars – as a matter of fact, Ed Burns is just phoning this one in (pun intended), doing his best CSI wannabe cop investigations. Do I smell a Razzie nomination? Shannyn Sossamon puts in the usual great performance, but it’s not enough to save the film from its convoluted script by Andrew Klaven.
One of the best parts of the film is (the insanely underrated) Ray Wise, who is extremely underused. He shows up about a third of the way through the film, and then just kind of disappears into nothing. Maybe they will put him in a sequel (if it gets made). ONE MISSED CALL probably won’t be the worst film of the year, but it’s sad to know that this is how 2008 is starting out. This is the one time you’ll wish for a dropped call…