The Ruins (2008) Movie Review

The Ruins (2008)

2008 | R | Horror, Thriller
90 minutes /

User Score: 64/100


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The Ruins Review

Synopsis:

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.

The Ruins (2008) is an American-Australian supernatural horror film that is based on Scott Smith‘s novel of the same name. Scott Smith (A Simple Plan (1998)) also wrote the screenplay.┬áThe gut wrenching gross film was shot in Mount Tamborine, Queensland, Australia; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and Village Roadshow Studios, Oxenford, Queensland, Australia. Director Carter Smith (Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014), Bugcrush (2006), Boys Life 6 (2007)) did a fantastic job executing his first full-length film that was too gross for my taste with the devastating effect the killer plants have. The Ruins had an estimated budget of $8 million and grossed over $22 million at the box office.

The Ruins revolves around a group (four people) having the time of their lives while vacationing in Mexico. The group was enticed to visit an ancient pyramid of the Mayans as Jeff (Jonathan Tucker - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Hostage (2005), Sleepers (1996)) who is a pre-med student talks them into it. Jeff told them that this is a once in a lifetime chance opportunity that they may never get again and should go. Oh why, oh why did the three friends listen to Jeff, did they not see enough horror movies to know how this can end? It did not take long for disaster to start after the group arrives at the pyramid ruins. They shortly found themselves surrounded by a group of people who had guns, arrows and wielding bows pointed at them preventing them from leaving the pyramid ruins. The group of friends is not sure what to expect whether they are being robbed or if they will be leaving alive or will they be leaving without any limb/body parts.

We soon learn that anyone who has had contact with the killer plant will have to be killed and later learned why. The group of friends was left to fend for themselves with the killer plants surrounding them leaving them stranded with no means of escape. Will the friends turn on each other? Will they do whatever it takes to get the ringing cellphone down deep in the dark pit?

The Ruins was a great scary movie to watch on a dark rainy night, but it was too gross for me, and I had to watch away a lot from the screen as a result of the gross graphic images. Excellent job with the character development, sound, special effects, cinematography, effective gore, frightening villain and disturbing images. The Ruins was one of the most creepiest and disturbing psychological horror movies from beginning to end that I have seen revolving around a killer pant that is out for blood, human blood that is. The movie was more about what friends/people will do in horrific situations to survive more than a human-blood-sucking plant. There was tension for more than 80 percent of the film scattered throughout, well not the first few minutes in the beginning.


About The Ruins (2008)

Title: The Ruins
Year: 2008
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Karen Strassman, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Joe Anderson, Laura Ramsey, Michelle Atkinson, Jonathan Tucker, Jesse Ramirez, Andy Meritakis, Walter Quispe, Pauline Whyman, Robert Munns, Nathan Vega, Vivica Mitra, Tanisha Marquez-Munduate, Tanya Rivera, Chris Argirousis, Alexander Gregory, Bar Paly, Jordan Patrick Smith, Jovina Riveros Padilla, Sergio Calderón, Lucia Caballero, Rufino Hernandez, Balder Moreno, Carlos Enrique Delgado, Dimitri Baveas, Mario Freire Rivera, Patricio Almeida Rodriguez, Elmer Alaya
Writers: Scott B. Smith
Director: Carter Smith

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