The Ring (2002) Movie Review

The Ring (2002)

2002 | PG-13 | Horror, Mystery
115 minutes /

User Score: 76/100


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The Ring Review

Synopsis:

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

The Ring (2002) is a 1h 55-min American supernatural psychological horror movie that was enjoyed by many horror fans around the world. Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Rango (2011)) created a beautifully scary film for us. The Ring contains bad language, intense frightening scenes, sitting on the edge of your seat moments, thrills, mystery, graphic scenes, and minor violence.

The story says that you will receive a phone call if you watch the videotape and you will die seven days later but if you give someone else the video to watch then you will be spared, and she will go after that person. The videotape displays several disturbing images that mean something. They were clues to tell us about Samara’s (Daveigh Chase - Donnie Darko (2001), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003-2006)) origin/upbringing.

Rachel (Naomi Watts - King Kong (2005), Mulholland Drive (2001), The Impossible (2012)) is a young journalist that decided to investigate the urban legends. Rachel discovers that there is more to the videotape which leads her on a mission to destroy its legacy by finding its origins, the families, and reports around it. Rachel only has seven days according to the legend to find the truth before she dies. We learn that Samara, who was a tortured soul leading the film into becoming a horror thriller with a great mystery for us to unravel. Samara is one creepy chick that will give you nightmares and make you see things that are not actually there. I was definitely creeped out for several days after watching this film. The haunted spirits can cross over to our world without any problem, at their own free will.

The Ring is a marvelous movie to watch on a dark rainy night. Will Rachel proof this legend wrong or will she be left scrambling for time to save herself and her son’s life? All of the actors gave us excellent performances, especially Daveigh Chase and that is mainly because she spooks the heck out of me. I did not like the relationship between the characters and the chemistry did not feel right/real. The scare factors were top notch, and I cannot find one fault with them, just all praises. The editor, cinematography, sound, and sets were on point and excelled my expectations.


About The Ring (2002)

Title: The Ring
Original Title: Ring, Seven Days, Static
Year: 2002
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.75/5 stars from 37 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 37
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Brian Cox, Joe Chrest, Vincent Hogarth, Keith Campbell, Daveigh Chase, Adam Brody, Chuck Hicks, Sasha Barrese, Gary Carlos Cervantes, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander, Amber Tamblyn, Richard Lineback, Alan Blumenfeld, Maury Ginsberg, Art Frankel, Aixa Clemente, Martin Henderson, Stephanie Erb, Lindsay Frost, Lindsey Stoddart, Guy Richardson, Joe Sabatino, Maher McClung, Rachael Bella, Joanna Lin Black, Maura McNamara, Geoff Garza, Shannon Cochran, David Povall
Writers: Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuki, Hiroshi Takahashi
Director: Gore Verbinski

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