“I HATED this one from the very first time I ever watched it. Another PG-13 horror flick which is a remake of a far superior (if you can imagine that) Asian horror film. Everyone …”
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To Quote Roger Ebert, "Your Movie Sucks!"
“A very long, tedious and boring remake of Ringu. All the things that made Ringu great (realistic characters, dialog and supernatural overtones) are replaced by the usual cliches …”
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My worst horror/sci-fi movie remakes.
Disturbing images and a few good shocks don't stopThe Ringfrom being a hash of half-baked ideas. It's the kind of frightfest you'll watch to set a chilling mood or spook your susceptible friends, but when you try to sort it out, this well-mounted American remake (of the 1998 Japanese hitRingu, based on Koji Suzuki's popular novel) collapses into a heap of incoherent parts. The negligible plot follows a Seattle reporter (Naomi Watts) as she investigates the death of her niece, the victim of a mysterious videotape that, according to vague urban legend, causes the viewer's death seven days later. (Fear Dot Comborrowed the same idea while avoiding this film's lofty pretensions.) The reporter, her son, and her estranged boyfriend view the tape, and the film's countdown structure follows them into deepening layers of terror--all quite effective until the movie attempts to explain itself. At that you're better off shutting down your brain and letting the creepy visuals take over.--Jeff Shannon