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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Rings Movie Review

The Trailer:

The Good:
If for some reason you're curious about the origins of dead girl, Samara, then this film will certainly help you get just a little more insight into her dark past. Vincent D'Onofrio was probably the best highlight of this film.

The Bad:
The opening sequence just felt like a disjointed piece of a movie franchise thrown in for the sake of showing off the ghost-kid. Matter of fact it was very similar to a random scene from Final Destination 2-5. Granted, the opening scene had a loose connection to get the movie going, it just felt as though it could've been handled differently. Matter of fact, it didn't even feel connected to the past movies at all. So it's hard to say if this was even a reboot or remake or whatever.

I suppose the biggest issue with this film is just that the scare tactics don't feel any different than those used from the very first movie. Samara simply isn't scary anymore. Coming out of a TV doesn't make someone afraid the same way it did when it first surprised us in the early 2000's. Furthermore, her backstory isn't all that compelling either. I thought that this film was going to give some sort of explanation about how and why she is who/what she is, but I don't think it succeeded in delivering on that.

Along with the lack of innovative horror, this film appeared to almost copy the same scenes from the movie "Don't Breathe". It literally felt like the tone shifted from horror to thriller, and you were watching two completely different films. This also translated into issues with the plot. It felt like I was watching multiple cuts of different versions of the same movie.

Unfortunately, the characters were equally as uninteresting as the plot of the film itself. There was nothing compelling about the main character or her motivations to "keep going" throughout the film.

The Reason

As a fan of the first "The Ring" film, I must admit that I am grossly disappointed in "Rings". The Ring, for me, was one of my top 5 scariest films. Rings unfortunately eviscerates the notion of any future "Ring" type of movies from holding that place again. Unless the studios can come up with some other type of innovative way to scare people with this ghost/monster kid, it's more than time to simply lay it to rest permanently. I couldn't recommend this film even to the most die hard Ring or horror fans. The irony here is that this whole movie is about warning you not to watch a video or else you suffer the consequences. I suggest you heed the movie's advice in advance. -_-

The Rating: 5/10

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10-9 = A Must watch at any cost. 
8.5- 7.5 = Theater worthy 
7-6.5 = Matinee/rental worthy at best
6 = Watchable (If it's free)
5 - below = Avoid at all costs

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