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One Missed Call
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Starring: Edward Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
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Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them to have nightmares.
Date Movie: If she likes this type of horror movie.
Gratuitous Sex: Some people are getting it on, but the clothes stay on.
Gratuitous Violence: People die in gruesome, PG-13, kinds of ways.
Action: No real chasing here.
Laughs: Depends on your take while watching horror movies.
Memorable Scene: The one dude's death was quality.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Eric Valette
Produced By: Scott Kroopf, Jennie Lew Tugend, Lauren Weissman, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove

One Missed Call
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:27 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I might as well start 2008 by just throwing my reviewer credibility right out the window by saying Iím giving "One Missed Call" 3 stars out of 5. It could have easily gotten 4 had Shannyn Sossamon gotten naked, but then of course the movie wouldnít be rated PG-13 so that the teen crowd would have something to see the weekend before they head back to school. I suppose a quick synopsis of the story is in order? Letís goÖ

As tends to be the case with current Japanese horror movies, "One Missed Call," based on the Japanese version "Chakushin Ari," deals with the evil delivery system that has become technology, in this case the cell phone because, well, spirits of dead people can manipulate electric energy, radio waves, or something like that. All around Beth (Sossamon) people are dying when they receive a message on their cell phone (even sans battery) set to a bizarre ring tone, with the date and time of the message a little bit in the distance (usually a day or two). The voicemail: Exactly what they are saying or what is happening a few seconds before they die, and then their death. Sure enough the soon-to-be-dead people start seeing weird things, kinda ghostly and kinda scary, then, of course, the situation happens that puts them in the exact situation heard on the phone, they say the same thing in the message, if appropriate, then they die, usually in horrific and bizarre ways. Most of the cops thinks Beth is nuts yet they have no explanation for the candy in the dead peopleís mouths, but our hero detective, Jack (Edward Burns), knows something is amiss because his sister died the same way, getting a voicemail, dying, and then sucking on a piece of candy. Of course Bethís phone rings, there isnít much time to save her from her upcoming demise, but our couple has to backtrack to figure out exactly where, from beyond the grave, the calls are coming from in hopes of saving Beth. Then, of course, even creepier stuff ensues.

So why did I give "One Missed Call" 3 stars? Iíll tell you why. Because the trailer does absolutely nothing to trick you into what kind of movie you are getting (how many of you went to see "Sweeney Todd" thinking it was a gruesome murder story and not realizing it was a musical?). If you like to laugh and have fun at these kinds of horror movies, well, the trailer shows you that is what you are going to get, even if some parts of the story lose focus (I was all with the ghost thing and hallucinations, but the moving corpse lost me a tad in the realm of explanation), and if these kinds of movie creep you out but you want to see it anyway, you get the same thing. Itís only rated PG-13 so you know the gore will be toned down, there wonít be a lot of cursing, and no oneís getting naked (damn), but if youíre in high school and want to see a movie with your friends, what are you gonna see this weekend, "The Water Horse?" No, youíre going to see a horror movie that will make you laugh at your friend because they jumped out their seat when a knife comes through the door.

I didnít expect a movie/horror masterpiece mostly because when you see the trailer, how could you?  You will get exactly what you expect, and sure, itís not as creepy nor as creative as "The Ring" but who cares - go see the movie and have some fun with your friends and stay out of trouble.  Here on January 5, 2008, as I'm writing this review, it's easy to see that "One Missed Call" is the best thriller of 2008.  ;-)

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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