Thursday, April 16, 2009

Alltime favs:The Ring

Yes,thats right,The Ring is a downright creepy,stylistic and dread-filled flick that is the american remake of Ringu. I'm sure that turned many people off right there but in my opinion this is by far the best asian remake by a longshot. I actually ended up seeing this before Ringu and will never forget the night I watched this all alone in my house at 2am,it did creep me out.After watching this I immediately went and hunted down Ringu.

The Plot of the Ring is simple,if you watch the dreaded video you have seven days before you get a phone call and you die as we see in the opening scene which is superbly done. That opening scene is one of the many things i adored about this movie. You are sucked in after that wondering how did she die?what happened?can it be stopped? and so on.
We eventually meet Rachel Keller(played by Naomi Watts)who is the aunt of the first victim.She is a journalist and naturally she immediately begins investigating what happened.After hearing a rumour at the funeral about the tape that kills you in seven days she hunts it down.Now the tape itself is also such a chilling part of this film. There are so many dozen weird images on it ranging from a ladder,a chair,a lady jumping off a cliff,a weird mirror reflection,a horse with one leg,a huge centipede and so on that after watching her view it you are left saying wtf was that.Perhaps the best part of the tape was the weird tree with reddish leaves. Gore Verbinski who directed this did a fantastic job of creating some breathtaking visuals,creepy images,subliminal frames and just enough cgi to not ruin things. He really excelled at creating a dreadfilled story,right from the start you feel something isn't right and that there is nothing you can do about it.

Naomi Watts is truly stunning in this movie,she gives a great performance where she feels like a flawed character.She is a mother but you get the perception that she's not there a lot for her son and doesn't always make the right decisons but still loves him to death. This is the best she has looked in a movie also,her blue eyes really steal some of the scenes she is in.

Being PG-13 there really isn't much gore at all in this movie but that is fine.Some of the weird images totally make up for this. The main one being the weird twisted and distorted faces of the victims.The flashback scene of Rachel's niece in the closet hits you like a train.The other scene that really somewhat disturbed me was the horse scene.Basically a horse on a ferryboat goes crazy and stampedes right off the side of the ferryboat.There is a brief pause and then just red water coming from behind the boat.Really effective scene.

The Bottom line is that the Ring is a creepy and atmospheric movie that can give you the creeps with weird images and without relying on gore. It also has a grea tbackstory as we start to uncover what is behind the dreaded videotape and why it is happening. I recommend that everyone watch both the Ring and Ringu,both are really great movies.

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