Genres: Horror, Mystery,
Runtime: 87 minutes
Review done by: Nekra
Online since: February 20th, 2006
Starring: Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancón, Ray
Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason & Margaret Cho
Director: Eric Valette
Synopsis: Several college students start receiving voice-mails from their
future selves -- messages which include the date, time, and some of the
details of their deaths.
Now, like everyone else I did not look forward at all to yet another
remake of a Japanese horror film. It's not because the original was good,
actually it was bad and disappointing because it was directed by Takashi
Miike. Being Miike's "first horror movie" I expected a bit more. With this
movie they didn't even try to make it any better. The stories felt the
same, college students are receiving phone calls from their future selves
foretelling their impending doom. Shannyn Sossamon plays Beth; As her
friends start dying one by one she suspects that there is much more
going on then there seems and detective Jack Andrews (played by
Edward Burns) pretty much believes her because his sister also claims
she received a phone call before her death. So as usual they are racing
against the clock because Beth's turn is slowly approaching.
Like I mentioned because the original was bad why should this one be
any better. Now maybe I shouldn't have gone into the theater thinking
that but I was right. I got really bored but it also could have been that
I've already seen this movie. I did appreciate the fact they did keep a lot
of things similar to the original movie. The train death, the televised
exorcism and the back story involving abusive mothers. The abusive
mother thing though they went into way more in the original then this
one. It's like they would show small clips of it, gave a bit of story and
didn't really delve into. Moving on, the original wasn't any good but the
part I did actually like was when they showed a live televised exorcism,
which they actually pulled off very well in this movie.
A big complaint I have is none of these people look like college students.
Maybe that's when suspension of disbelief is needed. Most movies are
like that anyways, casting older people for younger roles. It's just an on
going movie cliché. On a side note: I usually hate going to the theater on
opening day and in the evening, but this time I let it slide because people
were honestly making jokes at the movie. The movie was crap and
everyone knew it. All in all, this is just another unnecessary American
remake, but this time to an already bad movie.