A videotape filled with hellish content that leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in seven days, is making the rounds of a small community. A reporter watches the video and races against time to solve the mystery of the Ring.
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VHS power: <3 Loved the experimental short-film on the tape, loved the story. Thought i was going to be bored but i was not. The well shots were amazing and the lighthouse was amazing. Love that shot with the mirror...
About a decade later, watching this film for the first time (having already seen the Japanese versions) was an interesting experience. Far moodier than the original for sure, with beautiful cinematography and kitschy editing. The plot had some large holes and there's some confusion, but, it's entertaining and Naomi Watts is gorgeous, so that doesn't hurt. There were a couple of really effective creepy scenes too!
funny haha / watching the ring on tv at 11AM while eating breakfast / the scene when the tv set with distortions hits naomi in the ass doesn't feel as funny as 10 years ago, but all in all the story's adaptation to the american reality is ridiculous as hell, through nakata's original idea still shines through / good morning, babylon
Ever-so-slightly-more characterization, if still not effective in a nearly scene-for-scene, emotional beat-for-beat remake, that despite it being 25-odd minutes longer, is mostly due to its extended, dull and unneeded, investigation. While, Verbinki's style is more polished than Nakata's murkier shadowplay, yet it's more inviting than ominous. A remake that doesn't correct the greater problems of the original.
Great thriller that has a cracking turn from Watts, gorgeous visuals and a haunting atmosphere. It never reaches the eerie strangeness of the original, and thereby eschews the horror element. But as a mystery thriller with supernatural leanings, this is a real gem. Just don't expect a horror movie...