One Missed Call (2008)
Following her friends' strange accidents, a woman comes to believe their claims of ghostly visions from the dead calling them on their phones which soon begins targeting her and joins up with a sympathetic detective to investigate the cause of the attacks and put a stop to it.This here turned out to be one of the more impressive and enjoyable remakes in the style. Among the great qualities here is the rather eerie and generally freaky atmosphere associated within the film as this one really plays off some really great suspenseful ideas. By utilizing the concept of the ghostly curse being passed on through the phones being called setting up some wonderful scenes here, from the thrilling scene on the bridge over the train tracks as the ghostly spirits move around her in great shock scenes, a fine sequence where the opening shot if a hand reaching out of a fish- pond to attack a victim and the rather fun highlight of the encounter at the movie studio where it appears during a hokey televised exorcism attempt that turns into an actual attack with the fog-enshrouded studio and mangled, distorted faces on the statues before the ghost appears in chilling fashion which becomes the best part of the whole film. As well, once the film moves into the investigation of the calls and begins tracing the origins back to the hospital incident that provides the source of his rampage this one gets quite a lot of fun here where that gathering and investigating becomes quite fun as the move that comes out about the incident the better the mystery works where it really sells a rather creepy setup that's perfectly in tune with a ghost rampage. In addition to the great detective work, all alongside the specter of the timeline of her death approaching for even more suspenseful matters, there's the great confrontation in the creepy, chilling abandoned hospital that looks incredibly dark and perfectly suited for a ghostly hideout as the fire-scared hallways certainly gives the crumbling location and dark shadows a great sense of foreboding atmosphere that comes off even better with all the ghosts hanging around before the tormenting action in the hallways leading to the confrontation in the corridors off the side of the room, where a chilling resolution in the air-ducts that settles the film's mystery angle in a pretty chilling manner. All told, these here are what make the film quite enjoyable though it does have a few minor, rather incidental flaws present. The biggest problem here is the tacked on finale, which is lame on all accounts not just for the utterly dreadful CGI used trying to make such a weak-looking being as intimidating which is a big part of this but also how it continues on when it's wholly unnecessary since the plot was already resolved, making this feel tacked on for no reason. Along with the rather tame rating holding back the kills and gore, it's what really holds this one back.Rated PG-13: Violence and Language.
Never knew this was a remake to begin when I first picked it up. It was only until I found & bought One Missed Call 2, (Thinking it was the sequel to this remake) I realised that this was a remake of the Japanese film except for it's sequels.I read that this remake borrowed elements from other films like The Ring & Final Destination. Which is what this remake was heavily criticised for. Though me, I actually liked it as it combines a good couple of my favourite films together.The films story is about a group of teens who are haunted by creepy voices from a mobile phone ring tone which apparently fore shadows their deaths once it calls them. They then get killed off 1 by 1 as the main heroine & a police detective (whose sister suffered the same fate by drowning in a garden pond years before) try to piece together the mystery. I personally didn't think the film was that bad being honest. I don't think it to be one of the worst films ever made as I myself have seen a lot lot worse! I even don't think this justifies a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes either. But then it wasn't the best or the greatest I'd seen. It had some unique kills & a creepy gloomy atmosphere about it & I did like the nods to other films like Final Destination (which I think is ace!) & The Ring (which is creepy as!). It was sort of bloody here & there. Not to my standards but the film wasn't a disappointment & sort of made up for that. It was like I said above, creepy & had an unnerving vibe as you started to watch.I did however get a bit lost at points as I was getting confused with what was going on. There were a few points I noticed this in the film especially the end which wasn't all that a great of a finale, but it was crap & isn't as bad as a lot of easily disappointed people make out to be. I would overall give this a average 6/10. I did like the borrowed elements from other films which to me is a great technique in film making as you combine lots of great film concepts into 1. Though I did get lot at points & a good couple of scenes did leave me with wondering what was going on, but it wasn't a bad film & not a disappointment either.6/10
So it's clear to see there's a lot of bashing of this film. A lot of the reviews are from 2008 or so, which I guess are from people who were tired of films like "The Ring" and "The Grudge" churning out at the time. Having watched this in 2015, unimpressed by the horror films on offer today, it's exactly the type of film I wanted: An American "hollywood" remake of a Japanese horror film. One that doesn't rely on too much shaky cam and zooming in, and with decent CGI and SFX which don't look like a video game cutscene!That said, the special effects and CG are impressive in this film for its age. Although the technology is somewhat dated now, the effects definitely hold up and make this a great watch in 1080p.The acting is solid and on par with that of The Ring & The Grudge.All in all, it was entertaining start to finish. Don't let the reviews have you dissecting the film, just enjoy yourself!
The Old Testament is a collection of thirty-nine books about the history and religion of the people of Israel. The authors of these books are unknown, and each book possesses a unique tone, style, and message. Individually, they include stories, laws, and sayings that are intended to function as models of religious and ethical conduct. Together—through hundreds of characters and detailed events—they represent a unified narrative about God and his attempt to relate to humankind by relating to a specific group of people.The Old Testament contains four main sections: the Pentateuch, the Former Prophets (or Historical Books), the Writings, and the Latter Prophets. This study guide covers books from the first three sections.The Pentateuch The Pentateuch comprises the first five books of the Old Testament. It depicts a series of beginnings—the beginning of the world, of humankind, and of God's promise to the Israelites.Genesis, the first book, opens with God's creation of the world. The perfect world falls into evil when humans disobey God, and the human population divides into separate nations and languages. After many generations, God speaks to a man named Abraham. God makes a promise, or covenant, with Abraham to make his descendants into a great nation and to give them a great land. Abraham shows strong faith in God, and God seals his promise with a number of signs and tests. This special covenant with God passes on to Abraham's son, Isaac, and to his grandson, Jacob. Together, they represent the patriarchs, or fathers, of the Israelite people. Jacob's twelve sons move to Egypt after the youngest brother, Joseph, miraculously becomes a high official in Egypt.In the Book of Exodus, the descendants of Jacob's children have become a vast people, but the Pharaoh of Egypt holds them in slavery. God chooses one man, Moses, to rescue the Israelites. God sends ten plagues to Egypt, and, with miraculous signs and wonders, Moses leads the people out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. They go to Mount Sinai, where God appears in a cloud of thunder over the mountain and affirms to the Israelites the promise he made to Abraham. God commands them to worship only himself, and he gives them various ethical and religious laws.The books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy continue the explanation of God's religious laws and his promises to the people. The people must keep these laws to enter and enjoy the promised land, toward which they are heading. Despite God's presence, the Israelites complain and disobey incessantly, inciting God's wrath. They wander the wilderness for forty years in search of the promised land. These books continue the period of Moses's legendary leadership and miracles, until his death at the end of Deuteronomy.The Former Prophets The Former Prophets, or the Historical Books, cover the history of the Israelites from Moses's death to the fall of the nation in 587 b.c. In the books of Joshua and Judges, the Israelites successfully conquer the land promised to them by God, but they disobey God by worshipping the deities of the surrounding peoples. Neighboring nations invade and oppress the Israelites. God saves the people of Israel by designating judges, or rulers, to lead the people in warding off their enemies.The two books of Samuel (First Samuel and Second Samuel) cover the rise of the united kingdom of Israel. Israel's religious leader, Samuel, appoints a king named Saul. Saul disobeys God, however, and God chooses another man, David, to be Israel's king. King Saul attempts to kill the young David, but fails. Saul's death closes the first book. In the second book, David establishes the great kingdom of Israel. He conquers Israel's surrounding enemies and establishes Jerusalem as the religious and political center of Israel.The books of Kings (called 1 Kings and 2 Kings) trace the decline of Israel's success. God blesses David's son, Solomon, with immense wisdom. As king, Solomon expands Israel into an empire and builds a great temple in Jerusalem. Solomon disobeys God by worshipping other deities, and, at his death, the kingdom splits into a northern kingdom, Israel, and a southern kingdom, Judah. A host of evil kings leads the two kingdoms away from worshipping God. Despite the attempts of the prophets Elijah and Elisha to halt Israel's wrongdoing, the two kingdoms fall to the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires. Jerusalem is destroyed, and the people are sent into exile.The Writings The Writings are placed after the historical books in the Christian Bible. Some of these are narratives covering the time of Israel's exile in other nations and its eventual return to the homeland. The Book of Esther, for example, tells the story of an unassuming Jewish girl who becomes the queen of Persia and boldly saves the Jewish people from genocide.Many of the Writings are books of poetry and wisdom, among the most important literature in the Old Testament. The Book of Job is a lengthy dialogue investigating God's justice and the problem of human suffering. The Psalms are lyrical poems and hymns—many attributed to King David—that express humankind's longing for God. The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes—similarly attributed to the wise King Solomon—offer sayings and instructions about the meaning of life and ethical behavior. Lastly, the Song of Solomon (also attributed to Solomon) is a romantic, lyric dialogue between a young woman and her lover. Love you. Bye. -Two White Girls and Yen