Saturday, January 12, 2008

Going to voice mail

One Missed Call [PG-13]
Grade: D

For finding out that she has just one day to live, Beth Raymond seems to be taking it all rather well.

What would you do if that sudden revelation were thrust upon you, by a cell phone no less? No climbing Machu Picchu? No jetting off to Paris for filet mignon? Perhaps she’s too young, or too pretty, or too female to have hidden a bucket list in the living room drawer. Or perhaps, as in other schlock horror movies like One Missed Call, she’s too involved in the business of becoming a corpse. And so Beth (Shannyn Sossamon) slithers into a dank duct, flashlight in hand, marching to the plot like a dutiful horror trooper.

One Missed Call is part psychological thriller and part supernatural Nancy Drew story. It’s not the singlemost wretched quiver of stabbed-through-the-heart horror clich├ęs you’ll ever sit through. But it’s far from the best, either.

Like some horrible digital-age chain letter that takes the part about bad luck too seriously, her friends are being killed by a chain of messages left on their cell phones. Each message comes in their own voice, always from the last dead duck’s cell phone, always at the time of the recipient’s death. Not that this chain seems like much of a loss. You don’t suspect that any character has any human relationships outside of the people onscreen. With some of the chilly acting, you also wonder if they’re about to hit room temperature or if they’re already there.

The difficulty for horror films is that they act as their own self-parody. Even filmmakers have come to accept this. The cinematic language has rotted to the point where you can’t read a film’s intentions clearly. Is your spine supposed to tingle or your lips to laugh? There’s far too much of this – too many confusing signals between the screen and the audience. But at least the garners some sort of response – a jump here, a chill there – which I cannot deny.


Pinko Punko said...

I'll give you One Missed Call, i'm talking one missed IM message that says Giants 7-Cowboys 0

rEVOLution 08 said...

Is the movie reviewer from Dallas watching the NFL playoffs, on right now?

Pinko Punko said...

I'd love to here the reviewers take on whether this game is a comedy, horror movie, or both.

Pinko Punko said...


Pinko Punko said...

REmember when TO dishonoured the Star? It will bite you.

rEVOLution 08 said...

Can we please return this thread back to film-related subjects like movies, directors, actors/actresses, etc.

For example, let's discuss Jessica Simpson

Pinko Punko said...

this blog is really disappointing