By William Brickman (Ohio)
Rings, joins the growing list of unnecessary movie sequels that have been released in the past few years. But, I was going into this film hopeful that it would be great, because I adored the original Japanese feature, Ring-u, I also very much was a fan of the very eerie, atmospheric remake, The Ring. But, than they followed that up with a very generic, dull sequel (as they like to do, nowadays…).
I went in as I do with most films, hoping for the best, and this one keeps in line with its predecessor.
The Ring, when it came out was fairly new, suspenseful, and was a pleasant surprise. This one is pretty much takes all that away. It’s basically a dull, generic, formulaic sequel that no one was jumping in anticipation for. This film tries to go for something different, it was designed around the creepy videotape that will kill you in seven days. In this one, it’s a file-share, which isn’t really all that scary to me. And the rules are quite a bit different, like if your seven days are up you can make a copy and show it somebody else, and you will survive and they will die, or something in that vein.
It does appear to me though, that the actors here are trying. In particular, Johnny Galecki (who you may know from the CBS hit, The Big Bang Theory) who plays Gabriel, a professor who has his hands on the old ring videotapes. He’s not bad, and is giving what he can to elevate the mediocre material. Our main protagonists here are Julia (played by Matilda Lutz), and her boyfriend (played by Alex Roe). Their characters are both bland, and lifeless. But, like I said earlier, they appear to be trying-somewhat. The rest of the supporting players are pretty decent here. Names like Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimme Teegarden, and Bonnie Morgan all are in here doing an okay job.
The screenplay is very flawed throughout (the credited writers are: David Lucka, Jacob Estes, and Akiva Goldsman). First off, there are far too many hands in the pot. But, also there is a real feeling of just phoning it in. There is no real major thought being put in to the overall plot, which is disappointing. We follow Julia throughout, but she was just so shoe horned in here, and bland, which made me not care/feel anything at all. Also, the technical crafts across are board are pretty atrocious, from the directing, to the editing down the line.
Back to its biggest miss: the atmosphere, and “scares”. They go for cheap jump scares here and there, not one of them scared me a single bit. They don’t build the tension like some other great movies do. (For example: The Silence of the Lambs, Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, etc.)
In the end, I just was wishing this movie would end. It’s a dull, plodding, cheap thriller/horror flick that I can’t really recommend. It tries different things, but even that left me cold. So, I would recommend going back and watching the classics Ring-u, and or The Ring remake, they are MUCH better made films. I kind of am hoping this is the last Ring movie we’ll have to hear about, but knowing Hollywood there will probably be a few more awful sequels in the coming years. yayyy??!!??
Samara: [voice over] There once was a girl. No one dares speak her name. In death she seeks vengeance for a life filled with pain. Once you see her story you have seven days to live, because she does not forget and she does not forgive.
[as she watches the video]
Julia: You’re not real!
[she takes the TV monitor cords out of their sockets]
Julia: You’re not real!