An appaling attempt to remake a suspenseful cult movie.,
This review is from: One Missed Call [DVD]  (DVD)
When Chakushin Ari was released, its impact was immediate: a TV show soon spawned, and two sequels, released in 2005 and 2006, and now, it has been remade.
All I can say is: WHY?
The original One Missed Call was a movie that needed improvement. A good idea, with some interesting content, but it needed more development that unfortunately, the sequels did not bring (although they were so-so, they looked more like spin-offs, with different curses, that were simply set in the same universe as the first installment), and an english remake could have worked and turned the original into a horror masterpiece, it just needed the right director, the right writer, and the right cast. Unfortunately, this remake is an outright trainwreck. It made me laugh harder than most comedies from the same period.
The acting is awful, the directing is uninteresting, the plot changes are dumb and uninspired, not only did OMC nothing to improve upon the original, it wasn't capable to match, even if slightly, Chakushin Ari. And Chakushin Ari is far from perfect, and has a lot of flaws. This movie yells "rushed" at you loud and frequently, and honestly, being released in January in the US, it doesn't surprise me. Great job, Hollywood. Let's see the next film to butcher next.
P.S.: Granted there IS a scene I thought was well done, although it relied on cheap jump scares, which is the very first death. Plus the ringtone is catchy. Other than that, blergh to everything.