One Missed Call (Blu-ray)

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A chain of people receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. Though the messages can be deleted, their number is up. Jack and beth work feverishly to unravel the mystery behind the omimnous calls but beth's phone begins to ring and the readout says 'one missed call'.

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Studio Warner
SKU 207503612
UPC 085391189992
UPC 14 00085391189992
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Death
Detective
Detectives
Remake
Supernatural
Technology
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In the tradition of THE RING, THE GRUDGE, DARK WATER, and PULSE, ONE MISSED CALL is yet another moody Japanese ghost story to be adapted for American screens. Originally made by cult director Takashi Miike in 2003 from Yasushi Akimoto's novel CHAKUSHIN ARI, this American version retains the elements that are sure to please J-Horror fans--jerky apparitions, ghostly children, desperate messages from beyond the grave, possessed electronic devices, and strong female characters. While this remake, which is the debut English-language film from French director Eric Valette, dispenses with some of the freakiness of Miike's version, the creepiness remains.^Shannon Sossamon is Beth, a developmental psychology student who has plenty of cause for concern after her friend Leann (Azura Skye) receives a panicked cell phone message from herself days in the future. After Leann falls in front of a train at the same date and time on the message, Beth suspects that she may be next. Beth's fear seems even more justified after her friend Taylor (Ana Claudia Talancon) befalls a similar fate as her phone message is being investigated by a reality TV host (Ray Wise) who specializes in unexplained phenomena. With the help of police chief Jack Andrews (Ed Byrnes), Beth discovers a link between the calls and a deceased mother and daughter. A slow burning ghost tale, ONE MISSED CALL establishes a mood of creepiness before the opening credits and sustains it right through to the conclusion. Instead of major shocks or gore, we're given subtle glimpses of ghostly figures or slightly distorted faces that are effective in creating unease. Sossamon makes a pleasing heroine, and the always excellent Wise makes the most of his small role. Almost old-fashioned in its restraint, the film is a good candidate for family viewing--and spooky enough to give all but the most jaded horror fan goose bumps.
Directors
Eric Valette
Actors
Shannyn Sossamon
Edward Burns
Cast & Crew
Ana Claudia Talancon - Actor
Andrew Klavan - Screenplay
Azura Skye - Actor
Christina Ann Wilson - Art Director
Edward Burns - Actor
Eric Valette - Director
Glen MacPherson - Cinematographer
Johnny Klimek - Original Music By
Johnny Lewis - Actor
Lauren Weissman - Producer
Laurence Bennett - Production Designer
Margaret Cho - Actor
Meagan Good - Actor
Minako Daira - Based On Screenplay By
Ray Wise - Actor
Reinhold Heil - Original Music By
Shannyn Sossamon - Actor
Steve Mirkovich - Editor
Timothy M. Bourne - Executive Producer
Yasushi Akimoto - Based On Novel By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 1000027429
UPC 00085391189992
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 87 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review One Missed Call is yet another PG-13 horror movie adapted from a Japanese source. Taken in concert with The Ring, one has to wonder if these productions illustrate some subconscious fear of technology felt by the Japanese. First, they're being menaced by video tapes. Now, it's cell phones. What's next: The Blu-Ray ghost? One Missed Call starts out with an intriguing premise then ruins it by trying to build a story around it that explains too much. Of course, the more exposition it delivers, the sillier the entire thing becomes until it collapses under its own weight. This is the kind of concept that cries out for atmosphere and existentialism, not gratuitous "boo!" moments and endless shots of people crawling around in dark spaces with a flashlight...The worst part about this movie is that, even though it's impossible to piece everything together logically, it's easy to see where it's going because there's nothing new here. There's a sameness to all these Japanese-turned-American retreads. No matter how obtuse the storyline is and how uninteresting the characters are, the formula must be adhered to. The result is uninspired and painfully familiar. Based on the recent decline in box office for this sub-genre, there's reason to hope the fad may be dying out. If One Missed Call isn't another nail in the coffin, it tries hard to be one.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Arrow in the Head Solid cast, easy pace...
Dennis Harvey, Variety ...Valette demonstrates considerable assurance maintaining suspense...

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