The Ring (2002)

GORE VERBINSKI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Japan, 2002DreamWorks, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, BenderSpink.  Screenplay by , based on the screenplay Ringu by  and the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Flat, tepid thriller that steals from every film of its kind.   stars as a driven journalist whose niece mysteriously dies of a stroke seven days after watching a videotape that depicts strange, nightmarish images. Deciding that the story of the tape is more than just urban legend, she begins to investigate its contents after she, her ex-boyfriend and little boy watch it. The story threatens to be interesting from time to time, even featuring a few genuine thrills and an exciting sequence involving a mad horse aboard a ferryboat.  This is a remake of a terrifying Japanese film (with the same title), and like most American remakes of foreign films it suffers from trying too hard to rationalize everything, then throws in a Sixth Sense-like plot twist that is basically a cheap trick. The good part is watching the luminous Watts.

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