Rani L. (Mina) from WASHINGTON, DC Reviewed on 12/29/2008...
The original One Missed Call was so much better than its remake. The ringtone is iconic and creepy, I even downloaded it and would make it my personal ringtone. Kou Shibasaki was a great actress. The singing teddy bear? Gave me chills. It was just so good. The story may be confusing but still a good film.
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Over-the-top Japanese Horror
Dancing Ganesha | Bangalore, India | 05/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Audacious and over-the-top, "One Missed Call" definitely has its frightening moments.
This film isn't as moody or detached as the more intelligent "Seance" or "Dark Water," and it may not have the solemn intensity of "Ju-Rei" or the dreaminess of "Wishing Stairs;" however, it is in a class of its own: it is pure entertainment, Japanese-style. The result is bombastic dramatics, at times gory, but also incredibly frightening (especially nearing the end).
This film seems to have some common imagery and lighting effects in the same manner as "The Sisters," although the latter, in my personal opinion, was a much more intelligent and thoughtful film. Still, "One Missed Call" does deliver a good dose of old-fashion scariness and will probably appeal to Americans as a result, as most Asian horror moves at too slow a pace for American viewers to handle. Try this one out if you don't like Asian horror -- you might just approve."
Are You Really Okay?
PureLake | NY | 01/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Maybe I have been watching too many horror movies lately, but I hardly need to close my eyes or flinch anymore. Not so with this incredibly frightening and creepy movie. This movie is effectively scarey with minimal gore or "jump" scenes. Nice twist on the angry ghost theme as well. Good acting. I especially liked the spunky Yumi. The sound is a bit disjointed at times, but overall this is a worthwhile watch. "
To change to subtitled version
MM360 | Chicago, IL | 12/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"(For Chicoer2003 . . .) My copy seems to automatically revert to the dubbed English version, too. To change, select movie set-up on the main menu- Japanese language- English subtitles to get the director's intended version. I am a fan of Kou Shibasaki and dubbing her voice as well as all the other actors seems corny and detracts from the horror element. I personally prefer subtitles and interestingly find I must raise the volume when watching foreign films.
I found "One Missed Call" quite enjoyable and scary though it could be slow at times. The ending had a nice twist that kept you thinking (I won't disclose here). It says a lot about a movie if, after watching, you are still interested in the 2nd disc with extras, and I was. Enjoy!"
Just an opinion
Z. Scholts | Detroit, MI | 10/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently purchased a bunch of J-Horror movies, since that seems to be the only horror flicks worth watching these days. This film was one I came across and decided to just give it a shot without realling looking into it like the others I had purchased like "The Whispering Corridors" triolgy, The Eye 1&2, and a few others. This was one of the first movies I watched out of the bunch. Well, I guess you could say I regret watching this one first. All the rest of the movies just have kind of gone downhill. I'm not trying to knock down the other classics like the ones I mentioned above, because they are still great movies worth watching, but none had the impact or suspense that this movie did. If you want a movie that has suspense written all over it, with a few jumps here and there, this is the one to get. It was the first movie since the Exorcist that had me creeped out.
The only negative thing I can say about this movie, is how it ends. Not only was I confused, but rather let down. The end reminded me of a rehash of another popular J-Horror flick... (I wont mention the name to ruin the movie)
Overall, I'd give it 4.5 stars... only due to the ending. But from what I had read after I've seen the movie, is this was a movie actually made poking fun at the Ring/Ju-On series, or so I've read. If thats true, and they are making a sequel, and they actually try, I'll definately put that one in my collection as well..."
Man Is This Girl Crazy
Keith A. Jones | Philadelphia PA | 02/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Every time I hear that America is redoing any film I automatically know that I have to see the original first. I'm not hating on my own country but hey, they don't always get it right. So when I saw the preview for One Last Call I seriously thought that maybe this could quite possibly be one of the dumbest movies ever made. If you think about it the movie is like the little girl from "The Ring" has become lord of the cell phones. You can't lie and say that it doesn't sound like that but hey sometimes I'm wrong. I just happened by the original Japanese version and I was a bit curious.
The movie is about an evil spirit that has completely taken over cell phones. The victim gets a phone call with a weird ring tone that's completely different than the one they set. It turns out to be some creepy child's lullaby. Everybody in here seems to be smart cause none of them answer the phone but it doesn't last for long. A message is left and when they listen, they hear their deaths just a few days before it happens. Creepy right? But what makes it worse is the gruesome ways these people die.
A schoolgirl gets the call one day. On the day she is said to die, she is suddenly thrown into a train while talking to her friend. The spirit gets a hold of the numbers in her phone and now her friends are in danger. It seems that nothing can stop it from happening but a cop whose sister died after receiving the phone call is trying. He also has the help of the latest victims friend who has now been added to the list and only has a few days before she dies.
Takashi Miike (Addicted) directed this film, which gives a lot of confidence when you buy or rent this. He certainly did a great job with this one. I love that it was very dark and creepy, it also held a great mystery. After I saw the first 15 minutes I really wanted to keep watching just to see what the heck was going on. There were some cool shockers also, some crusty hands started rushing out of the darkness and I went crazy. The acting was extremely good, especially in the part when one of the young girls is waiting for her time to run out. She is terrified and knows that nothing good is coming. She was crying, breathing heavily, and shaking. She looked so real that I couldn't believe she was acting. To conclude "One missed call" had great suspense and nice pacing. It isn't a 5 star to me but it is definitely good enough to receive 4 stars. There weren't many flaws but I thought that the concept and execution were between 4 or 4 1/2 stars.