Another picture based upon a Japanese horror film (didn't that trend end a few years ago?), "One Missed Call" is another PG-13ized horror picture that focuses on Beth Raymond (Shannyn Sossamon), a young woman whose friends are all getting calls from their future selves that exactly foreshadow their deaths. In other words, it's sort of like "The Ring: Redux".
In the opening scene, one of Beth's friends (Megan Good) is dragged into her pond by a hand - which, for whatever reason, also drags her cat into the pond (um, did the cat also get a call?) Shortly after, the girl's phone calls another one of Beth's friends, who hears the frightening (well, at least it's supposed to be - we really don't hear anything) message that seems to reveal her future. The girl starts seeing bizarre visions before...the time on the phone call occurs.
After another friend gets the call, Beth meets with Jack (Edward Burns, clearly collecting a paycheck so he can direct ten more no-budget independent movies), a detective whose sister also got the call. Together they try and track down the source of it all before more people also get the ominous call.
The film suffers from a number of issues, starting with the fact that Sossamon is the lead. While not a terrible actress, she's so low-key that she seems almost bored, and certainly doesn't seem like the right choice to carry a thriller/horror picture. She's paired with Burns, who also seems subdued and almost disinterested. Some of the supporting efforts are a little more lively, but the characters are so underdeveloped that they remain quite one-dimensional.
As for scares, the picture manages a few creepy scenes and a couple of decent jump scares, but the subdued performances and somewhat incoherent plot (speaking of plot, the movie seems to have a bunch of endings before it gets to one that's unsatisfying) weigh heavily on the flick. Some of the scares are a little unintentionally goofy, as well. The other main issue is that anyone who's seen any of the similar films of recent years ("The Ring", etc.) will feel as if nearly all of "One Missed Call" is a lackluster copy of elements of those films and that they've seen all this before. I've never seen the original, but I'd have to imagine it's better than this adaptation.
VIDEO: "One Missed Call" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 pan & scan on this release from Warner Brothers. Each edition is housed on one side of a dual-sided DVD. The movie looked okay, although some of the issues with the presentation seemed to be an issue with the film's "style". Sharpness and detail were just satisfactory, as while many scenes got close to looking fairly crisp and detailed, other scenes could look soft and occasionally even slightly hazy.
No edge enhancement was present, but the picture did show some minor artifacting on a few occasions. No print flaws or other concerns were spotted. Colors looked low-key, but unfortunately also looked a bit smeary at times. Overall, this presentation was just okay.
SOUND: The film's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack was a fairly run-of-the-mill horror soundtrack, with the surrounds used for eerie sound effects and ambience. The sound design is moderately aggressive, but not really imaginative in any way. Audio quality was fine, with crisp dialogue, effects and score.
EXTRAS: Nothing at all.
Final Thoughts: A bland mix of "The Ring" and many other, similar films from recent years, "One Missed Call" is - aside from a moment or two - a film to miss. The DVD offers decent audio/video quality, but no extras. Skip it.
The Film D+