Rings (2017) Movie Review

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Rings (2017)

2017 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance
102 minutes / 1h 42min

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Rings Plot Synopsis:

Julia becomes worried about her boyfriend, Holt, when he explores the dark urban legend of a mysterious video said to kill the watcher seven days after viewing. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a "movie within the movie" that no one has ever seen before.

Rings (2017) Review

Rings (2017) is a 1h 42 min PG-13 American supernatural psychological horror film that was Shot in several locations in Georgia, USA and Los Angeles, California, USA. Director F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall (2008)) did not do so well executing his second full-length movie that started out strong but fell short in so many areas soon after. Rings is the third film in the American Ring franchise with predecessors The Ring (2002) and The Ring Two (2005). Rings shares the same name as its predecessors but is not able to get under our skin as its predecessors which is a shame. Technologies worked in Samara’s benefit as everyone today walks around with a device that has a screen, and that helps Samara to stalk her victims and attack when she deems fit which is when their seven days are up. The only way someone can get away from Samara is by isolating themselves from technology.

I was in total shock after seeing the opening scene and was expecting one thrill of a ride/movie, but my joy was cut short after the first scene. The first scene revolves around Samara terrorizing a plane full of people 20,000 feet above ground as she looks for her victim/prey. I wish Samara had more screen times and more jump scares would have been a nice touch. Imagine an underground crew/group getting a high out of watching the tape and trying to see if they survive and then passing it along to the next person, yeah - that would not be me. It is an adrenaline rush that I definitely do not want to experience because finding someone to pass the tape onto before the seven days is up is not so easy.

I understand why the characters try to solve why Samara kills people from beyond the grave but as I said above, a little more of Samara on screen would have been greatly appreciated. The flashbacks were okay but it was too much, writer/director should have known when to stop. I still see a hope to continue this franchise but with an experienced B+ list director and not a newbie. I must admit that the ending twist was not half bad as it was kind of horrifying. The movie contains suspense, hallucination, supernatural horror, maggots, falling down a well, girl crawling out of a tv, Electrocution, sexual scene, frightening scenes, and twist/surprise ending. With all said, I cannot help but to give this movie a four out of ten because there was just too many things wrong with this film from acting, editing, directing, sound, scares, special effects and other things that you will see if you dare to watch this movie.

  • Rings Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 3.09
  • IMDB: 4.5
  • MetaCritic: 2.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 0.8

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About Rings 2017

Title: Rings
Year: 2017
Runtime: 102 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Reviewer: Score: 2 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 1.55/5 stars from 35,148 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 35,148 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Rings Cast Starring: Bonnie Morgan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy James, Tommy O'Brien, Adam C. Johnson, Rick Baker, Jay Pearson, Jill Jane Clements, Drew Grey, Aimee Teegarden, Andrea Powell, Chuck David Willis, Surely Alvelo, Francis Dobrisky, Johnny Galecki, Alex Roe, Laura Wiggins, Dave Blamy, Adam Fristoe, Zoe Pessin, Michael E. Sanders, Wing Liu, Se Oh, Rose Bianco, Jeremy Harrison, Chris Russell, Randall Taylor, Kati Akins, Kayli Carter, P. David Miller
Rings Writers: David Loucka, Jacob Estes, Akiva Goldsman
Rings Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez, F. Javier Gutiérrez
Box Office: $27,766,716
Production: Paramount Pictures
Website: http://www.ringsmovie.com/
Language: English
Country: USA