One Missed Call plays like a good cover song. It's not just a repetition of the previous tune.
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Combines scares and chuckles with good production values.
The film is slow and somber during the windup but pretty scary in the follow-through.
Where "Ringu" derived its power from the simplicity of its premise and the purity of its execution, One Missed Call staggers under the weight of its director's taste for baroque excess.
Even with nothing at stake emotionally, though, he conjures some real scares, and the finale is as much a head-scratcher as a heart-stopper -- in a good way.
All we're left with is a second-rate J-Horror entry that bores rather scares.
One Missed Call, one of the five movies he made in 2003, is no more than Miike's shot at generating a polished, rote, expertly composed J-horror flick.
One Missed Call is so unoriginal that the movie could almost be a parody of J-horror tropes, yet Miike, for a while at least, stages it with a dread-soaked visual flair that allows you to enjoy being manipulated.
It's a prolonged, maddening, predictable -- yet curiously pleasurable -- descent into incomprehensibility.
Strictly generic, it does little more than regurgitate the J-horror hits "Ringu" and "Ju-on."