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The Ruins (Unrated Edition)

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Based on the terrifying best-seller by Scott Smith "The Ruins" follows a group of friends who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting a remote archaeological dig in the Mexican jungle where they discover something deadly living among the ruins. "The Ruins" stars Jonathan Tucker ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre" "The Black Donnellys") Jena Malone ("Pride and Prejudice" "Donnie Darko") Shawn Ashmore ("X-Men: The Last Stand") Laura Ramsey ("She's the Man") and Joe Anderson ("Across the Universe").System Requirements:Running Time: 90 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR/MONSTERS & MUTANTS Rating: UNRATED UPC: 097361385846 Manufacturer No: 138584

Special Features

  • Alternate ending
  • Original theatrical ending
  • 3 deleted scenes
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes

Product Details

  • Actors: Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Jonathan Tucker, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson
  • Directors: Carter Smith
  • Writers: Scott B. Smith
  • Producers: Ben Stiller, Chris Bender, Gary Barber, Jeremy Kramer, Roger Birnbaum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00196UTEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ruins (Unrated Edition)" on IMDb

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By Steven Hedge on April 14, 2008
This rather bleak film is actually well acted, but not well paced and has an ending that is fairly predictable based upon how the story boxes itself in early.

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
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I never read the novel, but The Ruins is a worthy horror film for those with a strong stomach. There are two really disturbing scenes that put Hostel to shame and the camera doesn't shy away. I can't imagine what they cut out for the Unrated DVD (which you know is coming), but it probably isn't much. The cast is good overall (especially Laura Ramsey in a chilling performance) and there were only a couple of times when I sat shaking my head at the stupid things they said or did. A couple of times is not bad when compared to most horror films, besides it comes with the territory.

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.
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The Ruins (Carter Smith, 2008)

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.
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My wife and I both read Scott Smith's "The Ruins)" two summers back when it came out, which is why she did not go to the theater this afternoon to see the movie version. Previously she has left me sitting alone in the movie theater during showings of "Snakes on a Plane" and "Planet Terror," and I am pretty sure that there is some sort of third strike rule here that I need to stay clear of (for the record, she walked out of parts of "The Passion of the Christ" too, but she went with her mother and I was the chauffer and therefore not on a date). So I returned from seeing the opening showing of "The Ruins" this afternoon, and reported to her that yes, indeed, the scenes that she did not want to see and in the movie, so we was wise to stay eating popcorn in bed and watching episode after episode of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," because she would have fled the theater. Then she asked how the movie was, and I told her in one concise sentence was happens at the end. She frowned and said, "So they ruined it."

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).
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