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The Ring (2002)

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Plot Summary:
"A mysterious video tape is killing off anyone who watches it. Whenever the victim watches it, the phone rings, telling them they have only one week to live. A young reporter named Rachel is investigating these events, but after she and her small son watch the tape, it becomes a race against time to find out why the tape is killing everyone and how it could be stopped."


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Review Date: 19 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5

 

One of the scariest films ever, gets the remake treatment but does it ruin the effect the original had on it's terrified viewers?

When her niece dies under mysterious circumstances, investigative journalist Rachel Keller begins applying her job technique to her niece's private life and uncovers the truth about a cursed videotape, when you see it your phone rings and a mysterious voice whispers that you will die in seven days. The only problem is Rachel doesn't find this out until after she has seen it!!

Hardcore fans of the original film 'Ring' did not take kindly to the idea of this Americanisation, but I must say it's a worthy adaptation.

Once again the opening sequence unsettled me, but the jump cut cop-out right at the end ruined it slightly.

As we got into the main action it was evident that there was a little more attention being paid to the character emotions and relationships angle, but it worked in the film's favour.

The actual tape was more weird than unsettling this time but ultimately made more sense to me by film's end.

Once again, whilst fans of the original were not pleased about new sub-plots involving horses and Rachel's son's art, I felt that they were a bonus as the film makers had added original aspects which fitted and were also suitably eerie.

The look and tone of the film was chilling and Gore Verbinski demonstrated some lovely camera angles and coaxed terrific performances from his cast.

On first watch I felt that the film went on too long, but thought that it played better on second watch.

Undeniably creepy, this remake covered new ground, whilst retaining the atmosphere of the original and whilst it is very eerie, it was evident that it was never going to re-capture the sense of dread present in 'Ring'.

OVERALL SUMMARY
As I had seen the original, the mind games that had so frightened me in 'Ring' were wasted here, but this is still an excellent film.




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