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Rings Reviews

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September 7, 2014
Too bad The Ring Two did not take in this storyline, because this would have added a new and more bizarre layer to the first film's story. Really clever approach.
½ April 18, 2014
Short clip with a bucket load of fear, panic and desperation!
July 8, 2013
A much better film than the sequel, filmed in a Requiem for a Dream paced style.
February 13, 2013
Rings is a nicely done short that lies between 1 & 2. It's also a creepy stand alone. 16 minutes of holding my breath. What fun!
March 3, 2011
This is a 15-minute short movie that serves as a sort of prequel to The Ring Two. It begins with high-schooler Jake on day 7 of "having the Ring curse". He's on the phone with someone and he's scared, but he's being advised to "record everything he sees". Then we move to a flashback showing Jake's story--from his initial involvement with "The Ring" up to the opening point of the movie and slightly beyond.

As a bridge to The Ring Two, Rings only really links to the beginning of its feature-length sibling. That's bad news for The Ring Two, because this is a much better movie. It has a more interesting story, the "background premise" is much more interesting, the effects have more impact, and the cinematography is much better. In fact you get more packed into this 15 minute movie than The Ring Two itself. If you're a Ring fan, you should definitely check this one out.
June 5, 2010
Let's say all 4 Japanese Ringu films and both American Ring films make a complete circle, a "ring" if you will. If that ring represents a fertilized egg then this little film Rings is out by itself, a bastard little sperm that didn't win the race to fertilize the egg and is left to die and rot. Rings, as you can tell, is completely forgotten about today and it seems like it was made to be a quick gimmick and to quickly die. This short film was filmed in conjunction with The Ring Two to bridge the events of The Ring to the opening of Ring Two. It was released on DVD right before the second hit theaters and to me it just seemed like a quick money grabbing idea by the filmmakers.

The story of this short 16 minute film is basically a video journal of a teenager named Jake, who is shown the cursed tape of Somara. It seems that the cursed tape has become a real phenomenon among teenagers who like viewing the tape to experience all the strange visuals. These teenagers form groups which guarantee your survival by setting up someone to see the tape before your seven days are up. Jake's friends are real jackasses though and leave him high and dry to die as they want to see what happens on the seventh day. Desperate to live Jake starts calling around school trying to find someone else to pass the curse onto.

The film does have a lot of interesting visuals and camera shots but plot does break some rules established in The Ring. The idea have having the cursed tape becoming a popular phenomenon among teenagers is interesting and would be better off exploring in a full length film but overall this "tie-in" to connect the stories of The Ring and The Ring Two is rather pointless. I do have to laugh at the people who bought this DVD when it was first released as it was re-released on the unrated edition of the The Ring Two DVD. Oh, you have to love money grabbing Hollywood sometimes!
June 6, 2008
This is an awesome short film.
April 27, 2008
want to go se it wiv me ?
February 21, 2008
This short film, also included on some of the dvds for the Ring 2 was by far a superior film to the Ring 2. Ring 2 was a piece of garbage, this movie was by far incredibly superior. It's short at only 16 mins but manages to achieve all the moodiness of the first movie that the second film could barely even achieve through the whole film. (and lost most of it during that horrible kitchen sequence.. ugh)
½ February 12, 2008
Far better than The Ring 2, which was unwatchably boring.
December 26, 2007
This short is better than the two American RING movies (well, definitely the 2nd), IMO. Very creepy.
November 1, 2007
Not interested. I usually avoid horror movies.
½ October 13, 2007
meileur que le cercle 2, ils auraient du faire un film sur ça plutot que de laffaire de "possession" qui était vrm tirée par les cheveux
September 17, 2007
A fine little short film that was actually a lot better than the actual film it accompanied. An interesting plot, interesting visuals and camera use, and overall an effective bridge between the Ring and its sequel. A good example of the creative value and effectiveness of short films.
September 1, 2007
SO much better than 'the ring two'. the premise is so much more interesting and actually follows the story instead of straying like nobody's business in the second one. if you're thinking of renting 'the ring two', just rent this. or rent the original japanese version plus its sequels instead.
½ July 29, 2007
This entire series sucked.
½ July 29, 2007
This should have been in the beginning of the Ring Two
½ July 11, 2007
Scarier than the Ring 2.
July 6, 2007
I didnt know about this movie, I wanna see it.
Super Reviewer
June 18, 2007
'Rings' is a 16 minute short that takes place between 'The Ring' & 'The Ring 2'.
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