A new chapter in the beloved ‘Ring’ horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. 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…
I’m almost positive that I’d have given this movie a higher review, or at least liked it more if it didn’t remind me so much of another movie. That’s what my mind is comparing this to, just another reboot with the same ideas floating around. I’m not saying I hated it, I love horror way too much to hate it, but it’s just that it left me with quite an empty feeling. It’s definitely not a movie that I’ll be remembering for very long.
For those unfamiliar with Rings, the upcoming sequel brings the series more into the modern times, and follows a new doomed woman who watches the famous video, only this time via email, and embarks on a journey to discover the secrets behind the tape before her seven days are up. Rings begins with two short, irritating backstories that aim to set up the plot – a plane crash, and an estate sale in which the deadly videotape is uncovered. Rings largely fails at re-capturing the terror of Samara, whether it’s trying to remind old fans or convert newcomers.
Although it was pretty good, it’s actually not a movie that should have even been made in my opinion, and it certainly didn’t bring anything new. The film attempted to add to and even change part of the original Samara story, and I think that’s my biggest gripe. I think any great movie can easily continue and evolve, but unfortunately, this Rings version just didn’t do that at all. Even for a brand new movie release, Rings felt terribly outdated. RIP Rings. You too, Samara.
While it’s far from perfect, Rings ends up being somewhat a solid entry in the series that also introduces areas that would be easy to expand upon. Whether it be through short films or a series, there is certainly enough material there to enhance the franchise even if it’s not through a theatrical release.
The film is directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez, whose approach was mixed There are some scenes that are well done and creepy, but many times they are few and far between. Even though Rings is under two hours, the movie still crawls along and feels more boring instead of scary. I guess we should blame its writers, David Loucka, Akiva Goldsman, and Jacob Estes because they crafted a mystery around Samara that never really engages the audience. None of the characters are all that interesting, to be honest, and I think that hurt the film much more. Gone are the days of Naomi Watts I suppose.
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Directors: F. Javier Gutiérrez
Reviewed by: Mad Hatter
Our Rating: 2.8 /5
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