One Missed Call
Actors Shannyn Sossamon (Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Holiday) and Edward Burns (Confidence, The Brothers McMullen) might have hoped that appearing in a remake of a Miike Takeshi 2003 J-Horror would give their stalling careers a boost. Unfortunately, this yarn about haunted mobile phones is one long wrong number.
In a non-performance as campus queen Beth Raymond, Sossamon registers little more than vague curiosity as her friends mysteriously drop dead from a lethal mobile phone message. Each has received a one-missed-call signal which leaves them listening to the sound of their own death, complete with date and time. Once she’s got a missed call of her own, Beth has a predictable race against time to discover the truth about where the message comes from, forcing her to elicit the help of tough-guy detective Jack Andrews (Burns, sleepwalking throughout).
French director Eric Valette seems unable to coax an English language performance from any of his cast, substituting hokum for issues of technological angst which were far more thoughtfully explored in Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Lullaby. Spooky children’s pictures, shrouded figures and intimations of child abuse are thrown into the mix, but One Missed Call’s scatty tone is typified by a loopy scene in which Ray Twin Peaks Wise plays a priest who exorcises a mobile phone on live television.
General release from Fri 4 Apr.