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The Ring

2002

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When four teenagers all meet with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape, investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) tracks down the video... and watches it. Now, the legend is coming true, the clock is ticking and Rachel has just seven days to unravel the mystery of The Ring.

Starring:
Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Genres Mystery, Horror
Director Gore Verbinski
Starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson
Supporting actors David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander, Lindsay Frost, Amber Tamblyn, Rachael Bella, Daveigh Chase, Shannon Cochran, Sandra Thigpen, Richard Lineback, Sasha Barrese, Tess Hall, Adam Brody, Alan Blumenfeld, Pauley Perrette, Joe Chrest, Ronald William Lawrence, Stephanie Erb
Studio Dreamworks
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2008
Format: DVD
Every horror buff knows -- the horror that creeps up on you gradually is much, much scarier the one who bounces out and yells "boo" as it decapitates somebody with a machete.

And sadly, most current "horror" movies lack horror, because it's easier to substitute it with screaming blondes, blood, guts and sharp objects. But "The Ring" is soaked in foreboding, creepiness and horrific imagery. Director Gore Verbinski relies heavily on the original Japanese movie for a lot of his remake's flavor, and the result is a slow-building terror that keeps twisting right up to the end.

Single mum Rachel (Naomi Watts) is attending her niece's funeral, after she died under bizarre circumstances. Several of her friends died on the exact same day, at the same time, which (surprise surprise) makes Rachel think this isn't a coincidence. So she investigates the mountain cabin all the kids stayed at a week ago, and finds an unlabeled videotape with a series of bizarre images -- and a curse that will kill you one week afterwards.

She enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend Noah (Martin Henderson) to help her unravel and break the curse. The secret of the tape is wrapped up in a young girl, Samara, who vanished from her adoptive parents' horse farm years ago. Somehow Samara's evil rage has lived in on her curse, and it will destroy Rachel, Noah and their son unless Rachel can find a way to escape it.

Remaking Asian horror movies is one of those movie trends that is hanging on in Hollywood, with everything from "The Grudge" to "The Eye" to "Bangkok Dangerous" getting the A-list Hollywood treatment. Some are good, some are mediocre, most are wretched.
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This movie was rented well after my initial viewing of the film when it was released and is one of the very few American remakes of a foreign film that surpasses the original in terms of quality. Well made and well cast and acted and directed.........just a very, very good movie that I highly recommend most especially if you happen to be lucky enough to have never seen it before. Scary, suspenseful and highly entertaining and the kid in the movie didn't steal the film from the grown up cast.
The only thing that defies true logic is the lead actress actually going down that well and pulling up the remains of the......well, anymore and I might spoil it. Rent it, buy it, whatever, just WATCH IT. If nothing else this movie provides yet another excuse to avoid the use of cell phones.....and gives me yet another reason to hate phones of any kind.
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A cerebral classic right up there with The Exorcist! Most of the terror is created in your mind rather than relying on a preponderance of gore. I have found that folks with poor imaginations don't get nearly as much out of this movie as those who are creatively and empathetically....."advanced" (?)
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I only 5-starred this because it scares the living crap out of me and I'm a grown man, quite aware that the boogey-man does not exist. I don't know what it is. Probably creepy kids. I'm not just talking about the girl with the hair that looks like it was pulled out of the drain and glued to her head. The "normal" little boy is a creeper too.
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I have yet to see the Japanese version of the Ring, so obviously, unlike other websites, I cannot comment onto whether or not the American version is superior or inferior. What I can say is that this was one hell of a movie, and in a way I'm pleased to be able to review it on it's own merit without the influences of another flick in my mind.

I went into it with mixed emotions. All have heard the hype of how terrifying or disturbing it is. Since I very very rarely become frightened by the cinema, I tried to rely more on the plot for my expectations. The story itself sounded...weak. A video tape that kills you after seven days??? I didn't see how it could be pulled off.

Thankfully I didn't go in expecting the best from all the hype, but in a way the worst, and I turned out very suprised in a positive way.

First of all - the story. Wow. Creative as hell, a real mind-twister - Gotta love mysteries. You just had to watch to the end once the movie itself pulled you in - much like what Samara does to her victims. ;) We begin with two teenage girls in a slightly modern, cliche manner and then are cut off to an episode that is supposed to be construed as frightening (for them, not me). We then jump to the character of Rachel, played by the very talented and appealing Naomi Watts, a reported and mother who was an aunt to one of the girls.

Her son was negatively affected by his cousins' death and is in many ways more than a simple little boy. He plays the part well - solemn, slightly off the rocker, and perhaps a little psychic. Rachel soon decides the death of her niece is worth a thorough investigation and ventures out into the rest of the tale with a mixture of optismism, skepticism and personal horrors all her own.
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"The Ring" is a great horror movie. It is truly scary without resorting to extreme gore. I recently saw it again for the first time in years and I still jumped and hid my eyes a few times.:) It's the story of a won attempting to save her son after he watched a cursed video tape. That sounds so ridiculous but the movie has suspense, genuine scares, and committed actors. It also has one of my "top 5 scariest scenes of all time" in it. Highly recommend to anyone who likes scary movies, not torture porn films.
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