ABC Film Challenge – Horror – O – One Missed Call (2008)

Director: Eric Valette

Writer: Andrew Klavan, Minako Daira (Screenplay) Yasushi Akimoto (Novel)

Starring: Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe, Margaret Cho

 

Plot: Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves – messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths.


Tagline – What will it sound like when you die?

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Another Bad American Remake

 

Story: One Missed Call starts when one of a group of friends has been killed, believed to be suicide, Leann (Skye) receives a phone call from the friend which is dated in the future and is a recording of her death. not long after this Leann dies, leaving a message to another friend, this continues until Beth (Sossamon) meets detective Jack Andrews (Burns) who has seen his own sister killed in mysterious circumstances and her phone records show a connection to Beth’s friend.

The two team up to figure out what is going on as the latest friend Taylor (Talancon) turns to a spiritual miracle television from producer Ted Summers (Wise) for answers.

 

Thoughts on One Missed Call

 

Characters – Beth is the young woman that starts seeing her friends die after receiving phone calls that are recordings of their deaths in the future. She teams up with a detective to get to the bottom of everything after she receives a call herself. Being a student to tries to use her qualification to psycho analysis what is going on and with a dark past which teases a connection we never see. Jack is the detective that has seen his sister die in the circumstances, he works with Beth to investigate the strange goings on trying to stop more victims from being killed, this is a strange cop character who for some reason thinks it is ok to bring a civilian into the case. We do meet the friends, though we learn nothing about most of them with  most being killed off within the first 30 minutes and the seedy tv producer which is a story arc which is forgotten within ten minutes.

PerformancesShannyn Sossamon is not the best in the leading role, she never makes us believe that she is scared in the film while also not being convincing in anything else, Edward Burns is likewise, not very good for what we know he can do, he might not have the best character to work with, but it sums up the weak acting through the film which includes wasting Ray Wise.

StoryThe story follows a group of friends that start receiving a recording that is them dying in the future. They must investigate what is going on before the time of the recording comes true. For me I like a good ghost investigation style movie, which this story tries to give us, the problems come quickly here, it is a remake of a much better told story from Asian cinema, the supporting characters are offed way to quickly and the side story that is meant to hint at something else seems to be a complete waste of time. It does rely on the twist ending which is drawn out too long because the false ending happens just over an hour into the film and we clearly know that isn’t the end of the film. the story has plenty of pacing problems which only leaves us disappointed.

Horror/MysteryThe horror in the film comes from mostly bad CGI and the lack of ability to capture the same haunting feeling the inhaler had in the original films. The mystery side of the film is the highlight only it goes down too many false paths leaving us feeling flat by the end of the film.

SettingsThe film uses basic student housing, police station and creepy burnt out hospitals as the settings, none of which see to be able to capture any moments of tension.

Special EffectsWhen it comes to the effects, this is a giant miss too because the attempted creepy face just look way to fake to be able to strike up any fear in any sensible person.


Scene of the Movie –
One good inhaler jump scare.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The acting is very bad with no on being able to show fear.

Final ThoughtsThis is another one of those terrible American remakes of a truly scary movie, it lacks tension, fear factor and anything to make us scared.

 

Overall: Terrible remake.

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Franchise Weekend – One Missed Call 2 (2005)

one missedDirector: Renpei Tsukamoto

Writer: Minako Daira (Screenplay) Yasushi Akimoto (Novel)

Starring: Mimura, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Asaka Seto, Chisun, Karen Oshima, Shadow Liu

 

Plot: A year ago, an urban legend spread throughout the city: Your cell phone rings with chilling tone. On picking up you hear your own screams of terror, a premonition of the grisly death you will suffer soon afterwards. When the curse returns to strike again a young couple and a journalist embark on a quest to trace its source enlisting the help of a detective who has already pieced together man clues.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Sequel

 

Story: One Missed Call 2 starts as three friends Kyoko (Mimura), Mei-Pheung (Liu) and Madoka (Chisun) spend time in the Mei-Pheung’s family restaurant but when her father answers the phone he finds himself dying later that night. When journalist Takako (Seto) has been investigating the story of the mystery phone calls she takes an interest in this case.

When Madoka becomes the latest victims Kyoko, her boyfriend Naoto (Yoshizawa) and Takako look to get to the bottom of the curse to save Kyoko’s life and that means travelling to Taiwan. It is investigator and ex-husband of Takako Yuting that might know more than the rest as Takako finds only loose ends in Taiwan.

One Missed Call 2 is a solid sequel that does continue on and build on the original story. This does mean we don’t need to spend too much time explaining everything which would have been annoying but smoothly moving into story makes this watchable with the terror going on well. On the down side it does make certain moment overcomplicated by having too many spirits after our main characters. This is a good solid that is worth watching though.

 

Actor Review

 

Mimura: Kyoko is the latest victim selected by the spirit, she has to work with her boyfriend and journalist who has been trying to get to the bottom of everything while managing her own sanity through the time that could lead to her death. Mimura is good in this role that is full of terror.

Hisashi Yoshizawa: Naoto is the boyfriend of Kyoko who will do anything to make sure that she remains safe, he will stand by her side through everything. Hisashi is good for the most part in this role as we see him have moments of terror.

Asaka Seto: Takako in the journalist with a haunted past that has dedicated her career to uncovering everything going on with this serial killer on the end of all of these phone calls. She takes the couple with her as she tries to find the truth. Asaka is strong in this role throughout.

Shadow Liu: Mei-Pheung is the daughter of the first victim in the film, she is also friends with second victim and the selected third victim. Shadow is a supporting character that we don’t really see enough off.

Support Cast: One Missed Call 2 has a supporting cast that are all strong when needed without being too involved in the main story.

Director Review: Renpei TsukamotoRenpei gives us a horror that does have the moments of terror needed without reach the same levels as the first film.

 

Horror: One Missed Call 2 does have great moments with the Madoka being the highlight.

Mystery: One Missed Call 2 does keep us guessing on what is going on even though it does become overly complicated.

Settings: One Missed Call 2 moves the film too Taiwan which tries to bring in extra ideas for spiritual beliefs.
Special Effects
: One Missed Call 2 continues to have great effects for the horror involve in the scenes.

Suggestion: One Missed Call 2 is one for the horror fans to try, I do think it will have the moment of horror need for the fans. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Extra ideas behind the hauntings.

Worst Part: Slightly over confusing though.

Kill Of The Film: Madoka

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: One more sequel.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: Asobo. (Let’s play.)

 

Overall: Solid sequel that builds on what was created first time around.

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Franchise Weekend – One Missed Call (2003)

one missed callDirector: Takashi Miike

Writer: Minako Daira (Screenplay) Yasushi Akimoto (Novel)

Starring: Ko Shibasaki, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata, Atsushi Ida, Mariko Tsutsui, Kumiko Imai

 

Plot: People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Suspense Filled Horror

 

Story: One Missed Call starts as Yumi (Shibasaki) and her best friend Yoko (Nagata) receive a mystery phone call after one of Yoko’s friends has recently died, the call only has a woman screaming after discussing the weather. Later that night Yoko phones Yumi only for the two to realize that phone call was in fact predicting Yoko’s death which Yumi has to hear happen again.

Yumi learns of this urban legend that goes between phones selecting its next victim. When Natsumi (Fukiishi) becomes the latest victim Yumi teams up with Hiroshi (Tsutsumi) who also lost his sister to the similar experience they both go in search of the origin of this story looking to stop it once and for all.

One Missed Call is one of my favourite types of horror where we have a spirit haunting our main characters.  This film takes advantage of the early usage of mobile phones which brings in the idea that a message on the phone will be your last breath is scarier. The fear used through the film is brilliant making every single scene feel like something is about to happen. While we don’t meet too many characters the mystery behind everything is great as well as keeping everything simple.

 

Actor Review

 

Ko Shibasaki: Yumi is our leading lady, she is watching her friends die around her after receiving missed calls predicting their deaths. When it final ends up being her turn to receive the call she must team up with Hiroshi to stop her own death from happening. Ko is good in this leading role where we feel her fear throughout.

Shin’ichi Tsutsumi: Hiroshi has experienced the same as Yumi only he lost a sister. He is teaming up with Yuma to try and stop the vengeful spirit taking the lives of the young people. Shin’ichi is good in this role where we see him in the investigator role.

Kazue Fukiishi: Natsumi is another one of Yumi’s friends who receives the phone call but this time it is left in video form, her time is longer and she gets taken to perform an exorcist on. Kazue is good in this supporting role and has one of the most terrifying scenes in the film.

Anna Nagata: Yoko is the best friend of Yumi, she has recently lost her friend and now she has received a mystery phone call. Later that night she becomes the latest victim of the curse of the One Missed Call. Anna is only really a supporting character but she does help push Yumi into the horror happening.

Support Cast: One Missed Call has a supporting cast that are involved mostly in the back story as our main two characters try to solve the mystery.

Director Review: Takashi MiikeTakashi gives us a horror that keeps shocking us with each and every scene.

 

Horror: One Missed Call has brilliantly created horror scenes through the film that have scarier moments throughout.

Mystery: One Missed Call keeps us guessing to what is really going on throughout.

Settings: One Missed Call tries to keep the film settings in everyday place to show our character being haunted in normal likes.
Special Effects
: One Missed Call has brilliant effects to create the extra horror being used through the film.

Suggestion: One Missed Call is one for all the horror fans to enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The Horror created is brilliant.

Worst Part: Meeting the friends only for them to be victims is the only killed.

Kill Of The Film: Natsumi.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

Tagline: Death cannot be put on hold.

 

Overall: Terrifying horror movie that is filled with scares.

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