The flat and static lead heroine is never given more than a single dimension, with nearly the whole movie consisting of her just investigating, and Ring isn't urgent enough in horror to be gripping. This lack of a character/dramatic arc makes it akin to a journalistic procedural, rather than anything else. Nakata's dread-laced atmosphere and climax is effective enough despite the thinness, but it's a miss as a whole.
Even though it's based on a book, the movie creates its own personality, focusing more on a straight-on horror movie instead of the more satirical view the source partakes, and is succeeds within the horror genre primarily because of the great directing and cinematography. That being said, "Ringu" hold the viewer's hands as if targeted at a general American public (ouch).
(ReVuKekparsurleweb) Si le film n'est sans doute pas aussi flippant au revisionnage, force est tout de même de constater d'indéniables qualités: de bons acteurs principaux; un récit bien structuré, autour d'une enquête, ce qui maintient l'intérêt tout du long; surtout, sa construction en crescendo, avec un climax qui m'avait tout simplement collé à mon siège de cinéma il y a de cela fort longtemps. Un incontournable!
2-3. Um, it definitely maintains suspense the whole way through. I think a chunk of it falls under the curse (no pun intended) that sometimes befalls Japanese horror in that it's more sad than scary. But there are frightening moments, and I think it's built on an intriguing central metaphor; likening the media to a sea that draws one in and grounding that in the character was an interesting idea.