Sadako 3D (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Sadako 3D
Sadako 3D is like having beer goggles that possess the miraculous power to make even the silliest of CG deers look absolutely terrifying.
Audience Reviews for Sadako 3D
Aside from the name of the girl in the original, infinitely better first film in the series, a new 'video from Hell' is now on YouTube and people are literally dieing over it. It seems a famous offbeat magician supposedly kills himself online, which leads the unfortunates searching for it to either walk into moving buses, throw themselves from windows, etc, or completely disappear. Either way, it's nasty because you get the image of Sadako reaching out of the computer screen in that 3-D effect to make entire audiences move back in one fell swoop. The effects become painfully obvious after a while. Forget what you know about the original because the director and producers certainly did.
One line summary: Well filmed and acted, but Ringu 5 is a bit too derivative. ------------------------------------------------------- Like The Ring, but with cell phones, laptops, and cursed videos online. Teacher Akane becomes involved when one of her students, Noriko, commits suicide, the evening after Akane caught her in class trying to see the cursed video. Her video designer boy friend, Takanori, had been looking for the cursed video the same evening. Takanori was disappointed when he thought he had found the clip, only to receive the message that it had been taken down from the server (404 error). Unfortunately, Noriko had the same experience at first. The police are looking into the suicides (not just Noriko), and question Akane about it. Akane does not tell the older detective, Koiso, about it directly. He overhears one of Noriko's classmates, Lisa, discuss it with Akane. He orders his junior detective, Nakamura, to track down this clip, just to tie up loose ends. He finds that of the first 10 to view the clip (from Internet download records) all 10 committed suicide. Takanori's boss thinks the clip had some strong subliminal messages in it. An abnormally large moth keeps recurring in the film. Det. Nakamura narrows things down to the online suicide of Kiyoshi Kashiwada in the recent past. Det Koiso notes that Kashiwada is likely still alive. Det. Nakamura tries to find the video clip, and gets the 404 message; Lisa looks for it, and gets the 404 error, as did Noriko earlier in the film. Then the video is played, followed by Sadako reaching through the screen to grab Lisa with the long hair. Akane comes in and tries to save Lisa. Sadako's hands come for Akane, and Sadako's voice says 'you are the one.' Akane screams and shatters the computer screen, breaking the spell. The detectives are quite interested in Akane in their second interview with her. Akane claims not to know anything. At home, the Takanori is attacked; Akane again screams to break the monitor screen. They try to run away, but Takanori is absorbed. The third round with the detectives gets more intense. Akane tries construct a working theory: Kashiwada is killing people in an effort to find the 'proper' body for Sadako to inhabit. Detective Koiso is not impressed. Next morning, Detective Nakamura appears before Koiso, but looking like a very tall Sadako. Nakamura refers to Kashimada, then commits suicide. Takanori's boss appears to Akane and tries to explain what she needs to do to get Takanori back. It's not the boss, however; Akane runs screaming. Koiso discovers some huge clues at Kashimada's flat. The whole story seems to be written on the walls, which were formerly covered with abnormally large moths. Koiso is convinced. He meets Akane, and they share intelligence about Sadako. They find the well together. Kashiwada's says, "It's show time." For every one of Kashimada's sacrifices, there's a Sadako replicant emerging from the well. A dying Koiso implores Akane to run. The chase goes on and on. Akane kills (well, disperses) several of the replicants, but not all. She is herded into a room where a cell phone shows a picture of Takanori. She's surrounded by replicants, a couple of dozen perhaps. Her scream disperses most of them. She tries to contact Takanori, but this is Sadako's illusionary bait for the final capture. Does Akane succeed in saving Takanori? What is the cost? That moth, hm. ------Scores------- Cinematography: 10/10 Good looking, competent. Sound: 10/10 Quite good. Acting: 9/10 Good. Screenplay: 6/10 The story has been run too many times. Several motivations for events seemed to be missing.
Maybe Sadako 3D was awesome if you saw it in 3D, but I seriously doubt it. its 3D effects are the kind of lame 3D effects used by films that are thirty plus years old. While it manages to be somewhat entertaining, Sadako 3D pales in comparison to the other Ringu films and lacks the seriousness and innovative creepiness that made the series so monumental in the history of horror cinema.
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