Movie Review: One Missed Call – Starring Ed Burns & Shannyn Sossamon

Movie: One Missed Call (PG-13)
Released: January 4th, 2008
Runtime: 1 hr. 27 min.
Ticket Price: $7.50 Matinee
Refreshments: Gummy Bears
Starring: Edward Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancón, Ray Wise & Azura Skye
Director: Eric Valette

Rating: Don’t Even Bother

Synopsis: Friends of a woman start dying around her and each had had received a voicemail on their cell phone with their voice speaking what would turn out to be their last words and time stamped with the future date and time they were going to die. As this keeps happening, she witnesses two of them herself; she thinks there is something more behind this, a connection between the victims. All but one cop thinks she is crazy. But, one detective thinks there might be something to it, as his sister was one of the first victims and they set out to figure out what is really going on.

Review: One Missed Call is a remake of a Japanese movie, Chakushin ari. That movie had a 1 hr. 52 min. runtime, so maybe this remake cut out all the good scary parts, cause there aren’t any to be found. This is 87 minutes of squandered potential. The idea sounds like a good genesis for a horror mystery. But, unfortunately, the writers and director never take it anywhere.

This being the first major release of 2008 means that, things can only get better from here. It has been quite the swing from seeing the best movie we saw last year, The Great Debaters, last week, to seeing what hopefully, is the worst movie we see this year.

In these horror/mystery/thriller type movies, even if they aren’t that good, which they usually aren’t, at least they try and give the moviegoer some eye candy to keep them watching. But, they can’t even get that right here. Maybe Ed Burns (Confidence) will do it for the ladies, but for the guys, the dowdy librarian look that Shannyn Sossamon (TV’s Moonlight, A Knight’s Tale) is sporting, not so much. Why take a beautiful woman like Sossamon and prettier her down? Cause, this movie could of used anything to make it even somewhat watchable.

New Movie Friday says don’t even bother, as One Missed Call should be one movie you miss. Cause, if you pass on it, you won’t be missing anything.

Did you make the mistake of going to see it? Let us know your thoughts on One Missed Call in the comments.

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