Have you ever heard about the video that can kill people? After you watch it, you get a phone call that says you have 7 days to live, that is unless you make a copy of the video and pass on the death sentence to someone else. In the case of Julia (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) and Holt (Alex Roe), they are in love, but have to separate due to going to college, but when Holt won’t return Julia’s calls, she decides to investigate what is going on. Learning that Holt and a large group of students at his school watched the video, Julia decides to watch Holt’s copy to save him from the horrors that await him, but when her video ends up being completely different, she knows she must learn more about Samara’s horrifying story to save herself.
For those of you that don’t know, this is the 3rd movie in a franchise started back in 2002 with The Ring. The Ring is a high praised horror movie about a video tape that kills people after you watch it and for the longest time I thought it sounded stupid. I finally saw it and made fun of it the whole time for being so ridiculous, but as time went on and my horror fandom grew, I allowed myself to appreciate it. I never did see the 2nd movie, and maybe I should, but this movie has very little to do with the original 2 films except the main concept itself.
I guess knowing this movie has a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes kept me from seeing it for some time, but I finally took the plunge and I must say that this movie wasn’t as bad as expected. Obviously this movie has its flaws but it also has plenty of moments that will keep you entertained and interested and to me that is what a movie’s purpose is.
The first 30 minutes of this movie is almost a direct copy of the first movie which isn’t a very good start since we all saw the first movie and it was great. It has the same opening scene (this time on a plane), and all the same concepts floating around. The first 30 minutes could have been explained in a recap and saved us our time. The problem I see surrounding this is that the movies was only 90 minutes already, so the script was already too short to cut out any story elements so they rehashed old plot elements. Sadly to say, this probably turned a lot of people off before a pretty good 2nd half.
The 2nd half of Rings reminded me of the 2nd half of The Ring. I know I just said this about the first half too, but the investigation into the new video to find out more about Samara’s past is pretty interesting. Sure, it doesn’t go as deep as the original but it could have been much worse. It is what it is and if you can survive to the end, it will be worth it… if you are a huge fan of the original, that is.
As far as the horror aspect goes, nothing in this movie is going to scare you if you saw the original. You have already seen everything that would freak you out and The Ring did it much better. I didn’t care because I already figured this movie wasn’t going to scare me and I came to terms with that, but the mystery is what kept me interested. Take that how you will, but look at this movie as a mystery instead of a horror and you will be ok.
At the end of the day, this movie isn’t as bad as I was expecting but it wasn’t great either. It is simply ok, and I hope that this movie acts as a bridge into more sequels and hopefully better movies. If so, then Rings has a greater purpose and it will matter more, unlike the 2nd movie which I didn’t see and am totally assuming at this point. Ha. Co-starring Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Amiee Teegarden and Boonie Morgan.
6/10 Stars – This short tale with rehashed plot points doesn’t do this movie any favors, but the 2nd half is surprisingly interesting if you look at it as a mystery and not a horror.