The Ring (2002) Movie Review

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The Ring (2002)

2002 | PG-13 | Horror, Mystery
115 minutes / 1h 55min

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The Ring Plot Synopsis:

Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son's and her own life.

The Ring (2002) Review

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.

  • The Ring Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.11
  • IMDB: 7.1
  • MetaCritic: 5.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.1

About The Ring 2002

Title: The Ring
Year: 2002
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.56/5 stars from 290,386 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 290,386
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Ring Cast Starring: Brian Cox, Joe Chrest, Keith Campbell, Vincent Hogarth, Daveigh Chase, Adam Brody, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander, Chuck Hicks, Sasha Barrese, Gary Carlos Cervantes, Art Frankel, Martin Henderson, Aixa Clemente, Stephanie Erb, Amber Tamblyn, Richard Lineback, Alan Blumenfeld, Maury Ginsberg, Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Ronald William Lawrence, Billy Lloyd, Coleen Maloney, Sara Rue, Catherine Paolone, Lindsay Frost, Lindsey Stoddart, Guy Richardson, Joe Sabatino
The Ring Writers: Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuki, Hiroshi Takahashi
The Ring Director: Gore Verbinski
Box Office: $128,579,698
Production: DreamWorks SKG
Language: English
Country: USA, Japan