I heard many good things about ‘The Ring’, a remake of the Japanese movie ‘Ringu’ based on the novel by Koji Suzuki. I was told it was scary, suspenseful, beautifully shot and acted, and just all around spooky. Maybe I was expecting more, but I was rather disappointed.
When a mysterious videotape is played and watched, the person gets a phone call right after it is over telling them they will die within 7 days, and they do. When journalist Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) learns her relative Katie has died after watching the tape, she investigates. She watches the tape, as does her son and ex-husband Noah (Martin Henderson). So now the race is on to find the origins of the tape, and the people on it so she can discover why people are dying and put an end to it.
I won’t give away too much of the plot but if you have seen ‘The Sixth Sense’ with Bruce Willis or ‘Stir of Echoes’ with Kevin Bacon, you’ll have an understanding of what this movie is about. Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t allow us to learn why certain things have happened. They just do and I felt cheated as a result. The ‘twist’ towards the end of the film came off as a lame attempt by the filmmakers to make this particular movie ‘different’ from all the other ones we have seen over the last few years. It falls flat.
The movie was shot with a lot of contrast and then later had a greenish tint added to it. The effect is apparently supposed to add to the atmosphere of the film and make it more creepy, but it even that effect has been used quite a bit lately, that it becomes more of a disctraction than anything else.
That being said, the movie isn’t all bad. For its’ faults, the movie is still worth a look, but if you’re expecting to have your socks knocked off, don’t say I didn’t tell you so.
If you’re looking for something truly creepy, I would suggest you rent ‘The Others’ starring Nicole Kidman. I truly enjoyed this film and it makes use of light and shadow to create it’s aura of creepiness, and offers some true surprises and twists, most of which you do not see coming.