One Missed Call
Japan 2003
Directed by Takashi Miike.

Once again technology spreads a murderous killer virus that ends up being somehow a vessel for the hatred of the dead. With RING (1998) it was the telephone, PULSE (2001) used the internet, and now ONE MISSED CALL uses cellphones (well, I should probably say the Korean film PHONE (2002) used cellphones, then ONE MISSED CALL borrowed it). ONE MISSED CALL is not so much a bad movie as just tiresomely redundant. Celebrated cult director Takashi Miike creates some memorable scenes, some cribbed from his other films -- a severed arm dialing a cellphone strikes the same chord as the wagging severed tongue in AUDITION (1999) -- and some entirely fresh -- especially an entire sequence mid-movie in which the next victim of the curse is made the center of a reality TV show. The attractive cast (Kou Shibasaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi) do a fine job, it isn't their fault that the material is so tired. In the end, Miike tries to bring freshness to the story by making it more confusing than the movies it mimics, but all he succeeds in doing is making it more confusing. Did everyone die? Did everyone live? Is the curse broken? Did I leave the oven on? No one can say for sure, but I suppose it makes for good after-movie conversation at the local pub.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on October 31, 2005.


I need help!! What was the curses name on the movie. Please email me because this is very important.

Posted by: ?? at June 21, 2009 06:47 PM
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