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The Ruins

A movie directed by Carter Smith

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Based on the fantastic novel by Scott Smith

  • Oct 29, 2008
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Couples Amy and Jeff, and Stacy and Eric are vacationing in Mexico. By the pool they meet a German named Mathius, who says his brother Heinrich is missing and he's going to go look for him near some ruins. Mathius talks the couples into going with him. Heinrich left a map showing the location of the ruins, far off the tourist area of the Yucatan.

The next day the couples and Mathius set out, accompanied by Demitri, a Greek friend who doesn't speak English. After a bus, a taxi, and a hike through the jungle, they discover the ancient site. The ruins rise above the jungle floor, magnificent, and covered in blooming vines. Mayans race out of the jungle, shouting warnings in a language the tourists don't understand ... until Dimitri is shot for stepping into the vines. The Mayans chase the tourists onto the ruins and surround them, threatening to kill anyone who attempts to leave the cursed place. Now they are trapped, and must struggle to survive.

There's so much more that happens in the movie but you must watch it to find out what. The book by Scott Smith was fantastic, and since Smith also wrote the screenplay the story stays true to the book (except for a surprise altered ending). The movie has some very decent gore in it; gory cuttings, grisly amputations, and of course, a flesh-hungry vine. A fantastic enemy and a hopeless situation, along with gruesomely bloody scenes, save this movie from being just another typical "slice and dice" film. The actors are relatively unknown but do a very decent job of performing. The atmosphere is good and the scenery is realistic. You feel the struggle of the trapped tourists, and care about their plight. I'd recommend a purchase, but make sure to pick up the unrated edition. Enjoy!
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review by . April 29, 2012
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review by . March 25, 2009
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I'll admit that when I first saw the trailer for "The Ruins" in theaters, I was pretty interested in seeing it. Once in finally came out, however, I decided that it looked more like a DVD rental. In my opinion, I was correct.    The film begins with a young lady in a dark room crying for help. As usual, she can't get a signal on her cellphone and she is eventually pulled into the darkness screaming all the way. From there, the film introduces us to four of the primary players …
review by . September 08, 2008
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this movie and having not read the book I was surprised to find it to be pretty decent. It starts off just like an original horror movie but shift as you get further into it. The Ruins takes place in Mexico with four college-age kids (Tucker, Malone, Ashmore and Ramsy) and another guy (Anderson), the latter who takes them to a Mayan temple where his brother is working supposedly on a dig. When they get there, a bunch of angry Mexican-Myans attack them, they …
review by . September 29, 2008
Four young, attractive Americans are in Mexico for a few days of Spring Break-like laying around and drinking. They meet a young, attractive German guy who encourages them to go with him to visit a Mayan ruin that is off the tourist radar. You see, his brother, an archeologist, has gone there with his girlfriend...otherwise they'd have the place to themselves. The Americans, in a nod towards soaking up some history & culture, accompany their new friend to the ruin, which is nothing more than a modest …
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Whether you consider plants a source of terror or not will ultimately determine how you feel about the grisly horror movieThe Ruins, but director Carter Smith and his cast and crew certainly give their all in bringing the chills of Scott Smith's novel to the big screen. Jena Malone (Saved) and Shawn Ashmore (theX-Menfranchise) are the name actors in a pair of American couples down Mexico way who are ambushed by hostile Mayans and forced to the top of an ancient temple, where a monstrous and diabolically clever entity awaits them. Director Smith and his talented crew (which includes cinematographer Darius Khondji ofSe7enfame and composer Graeme Revell) create a visually impressive spookshow but can't quite deliver genuine suspense (gore, however, is handled capably), and Scott Smith's script boils away much of the character development and mounting terror in his book, which also strands the likeable cast. The movie's monster, so alarming and imaginative in the original novel, is likely to provoke as many laughs as screams from filmgoers, especially when it reveals its unique talent.-- Paul Gaita
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Director: Carter Smith
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
Release Date: April 4, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Scott B. Smith
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 30min
Studio: Dreamworks SKG
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