When a film has not one but two, seemingly unrelated, pre-credits sequences there is a fair bet that the film will get a little confusing and quite possibly above its station. When both of these sequences make me jump out of my skin I know I'm in for a fairly rough ride. How many years am I gonna lose to this venture of watching films that my disposition isn't accustomed to? But enough of me and my rather girlie nature, will this film deserve a collect call or will you it make you want to hang up? And if you think those puns are bad, wait til the end of the review.
Shannyn "Sausageman" Sossoman is the pretty teen in danger (although she's actually 24 in this) whose friends all start dying in mysterious and fucked up ways. When the deaths can be traced back to phonecalls recorded at the time of death before the death (its not as confusing as it sounds) she teams up with Ed "I'm beginning to look a bit like Ben Affleck with a much, much smaller head" Burns and they set out to find out who is the spooky wooky behind it all.
Coming across like a cross between Final Destination and Ringu (Or The Ring for stupid people who don't like subtitles and subtlety) One Missed Call isn't half bad. Its formulaic as hell but there is something to be said for a film that ticks the boxes it should. Most importantly the main 'ghosts' will shit you right up, especially the little baby with the mobile. Ha I just got that, 'baby plays with mobile'. Thats pretty good.
Its a shame that Shan and Ed phone in their performances. Maybe the producers should have dialed someone else. I'm not sure if sWAPping the original setting form Japan to the US works either. And the twist doesn't really ring true. Oh and the sub text is lacking.
I hate myself.