The Ruins (Unrated Edition) [Blu-ray]
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The story is about two couples who get caught up into checking out some ancient Mayan ruins meet up with some weeds that have incredible abilities. We get enough background on the characters to care about them and it helps that they are all rather appealing even if somewhat flawed. They are refreshing nice young adults who are not the stereotypes we've been seeing in horror films lately. Their interactions with each other are very believable.
They discover an old temple/pyramid and hike into up and into it to discover that the locals will not let them leave it for fear of spreading what lurks in the ruins. This is a clever low-budget way of keeping the action in one or two locations (on top of the ruins and in the ruins), however, it also greatly limits the direction the story can go in and, thus, makes it predictable. There is a generous amount of old fashioned horror bloodshed and very brief nudity that is not gratuitous in any way (for a change). The violence is of the strong R variety and definitely not for the faint of heart. The effects are minimal, but good as is the make up which is quite graphic.
This movie is certainly not all it could have been and borrows heavily from better films like The Descent, The Day of the Triffids, and ...Read more ›
My only gripe is that the "creature" isn't shown enough (much like Cloverfield) which can add to the suspense, but by the end of the film I was hoping to see or learn just a little more about it.
All in all, The Ruins is one of the most shocking horror films I have seen in quite some time and worth a trip to the theater.
Scott Smith's novel The Ruins was either a love-it-or-hate-it book, so when the film version was released, I kind of half-assumed that the people who were reviewing it all came down on the "hate" side where the book was concerned. For some odd reason, despite my extensive experience watching really bad film adaptations of novels, it simply never occurred to me that Smith, who adapted his own novel, would make so many absurd changes to the book when writing the screenplay. But, oh, for the love of Pete, what changes he hath wrought. And not a single one of them does anything other than take a very interesting novel that focused on the psychological states of the people trapped at the ruins and make it into a stupid hungry-plant movie.
The plot: four friends-- Jeff (Jonathan Tucker), Amy (Jena Malone), Stacy )Laura Ramsey), and Eric (Shawn Ashmore)-- are on vacation in South America. They meet Mathias (Joe Anderson), who's going into the jungle tomorrow to look for his brother, who went out to some ruins with a cute archaeologist he met, and hasn't been back since. The four friends decide to head out there with Mathias (sans the Greeks, for those of you who read the novel) and run into some very unfriendly Mayans who, once they're on the ruins, won't let them off again. You find out why pretty quickly (again unlike the novel).
Very little effort is expended on the characters' psychological states, which is the aspect that made the book worth reading. Also, to confuse people I guess, Smith rewrote who was doing what (and who died when-- I guess if you leave the Greeks in town, everything has to change, huh?) so that there will be quite a few cognitively dissonant moments for those who have recently read the novel. And the ending-- oh jeez.Read more ›
Down in Mexico on Yucatan peninsula a pair of American couples are nearing the end of their vacation. We have Jeff (Jonathan Tucker) and Amy (Jena Malone), along with Eric (Shawn Ashmore) and Stacy (Laura Ramsey).Read more ›
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I really enjoyed both the book and the film. There's just something about how quiickly rich kids realize that it's really not just about them that made the story that much more... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Myra
This movie is GREAT!!!!! A brutal bloody terror movie with interesting story, great visual effects and nice acting!!!! Totally recommended if you like brutal terror movies!!!!Published 28 days ago by Fluminense Rio
This was a good film. Kept my interest thur out. Moderate excitement but it does keep you interested. If you can get this for under $5.00 go for it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent treatment of book. If you liked the book, you'll like this movie.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Queen
Love this movie...book is great as well. I think this is so underrated!Published 2 months ago by Samuel R. Jennings