The Ring (2002)
Critic Consensus: With little gore and a lot of creepy visuals, The Ring gets under your skin, thanks to director Gore Verbinski's haunting sense of atmosphere and an impassioned performance from Naomi Watts.
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references)|
|Genre:||Drama, Horror, Romance, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Gore Verbinski|
|Written By:||Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuki|
|In Theaters:||Oct 18, 2002 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 4, 2003|
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as Rachel Keller
as Aidan Keller
as Richard Morgan
as Dr. Grasnik
as Ruth Embry
as Katie Embry
as Anna Morgan
as Girl Teen No. 1
as Girl Teen No. 2
as Male Teen No. 1
as Library Clerk
as Grad Student
as Girl On Ferry
as Girl's Father
as Ship's Mate
as Ferry Worker
as Mourner No. 1
as Mourner No. 2
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Critic Reviews for The Ring
Gore Verbinski creates an air of dread that begins with the first scene and never lets up, subtly incorporating elements from the current wave of Japanese horror films along the way.
The filmmakers have wisely stayed close to the original's mood, which is somber and flat, with quick (near-subliminal) inserts and a soundtrack full of watery-grave groans and murmurs.
An edgy, watchable film, but one that makes you feel more squeamish than screamish.
The Ring, about a videotape that kills people, is so full of inconsistencies and plot holes that I stumbled from a recent screening with few answers, and a ton of questions.
Audience Reviews for The Ring
Naomi Watts makes a good performance, but overall this movie is very disappointing. The story is rather predictable other than the plot twist at the end, but the direction of the movie makes the surprise all the less surprising. From the beginning when the two young girls are teasing each other about the urban legend about the tape, you're given the clue the director is going to tease you by presenting suspense only to turn around and say everything is just a joke. The buildup is somewhat entertaining but the conclusion is quite rushed and leaves you with an empty feeling.
The relationship between the characters is almost nonexistant, you're given no indication of any connection between Rachel and her son other than she's his mother. Most of the interaction occurs between Rachel and Noah, but even that relationship is distant and uninteresting. I found the Japanese version to be much more scary and enjoyable. 2 1/2 Stars for the USA version. Updated 2-16-2004
An urban legend says that seven days after watching a mysterious videotape, you will die; a journalist investigating the phenomenon has a week to figure out the secret behind the tape. Well-made, satisfying horror-thriller about viral vengeance from beyond the grave.
There's plenty of supporting thriller, narrative and character to make this relatively understated film really creep up on you and linger in the mind, unpredictable, seriously tense and seriously frightening, though without quite reaching a layer of thematic depth to qualify a place in the hall of horror greats.
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