review Bobby Blakey
In 2002 director Gore Verbinski took on the task of remaking the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu to with great success delivering the American version The Ring. With any horror film the success spawned a sequel aptly titled The Ring Two in 2005. Now over 10 years later they are bringing the franchise back to the US with the latest chapter Rings. The film features Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, and Vincent D’Onofrio with director F. Javier Gutierrez at the helm, but could it offer something new to the franchise or will this finally be the video not worth watching?
Rings follows Julia who becomes worried about her boyfriend, Holt, when he explores the dark urban legend of a mysterious video said to kill the watcher seven days after viewing. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a "movie within the movie" that no one has ever seen before. I was hoping for something really cool with this film as it merged the idea with the modern social media and technology. While they did in fact do some cool things in relation to Samara the film as a whole falls kind of flat. They waste a lot of time with things that could have been streamlined a bit more to give way to more Samara moments that would have drastically improved on the film. There is sadly none of the creepy elements that make the character work so well.
All of the characters here are pretty generic so you will likely not care to much about any of them, so you will have to rely on these few moments of creativity with Samara. These elements are the shining point to the film with a great moment of her coming out of a TV and an ending that is really great. Had they offered up more moments like the way it ended this would have been an awesome entry to kick off the franchise all over again, but in the end it ends up being one that might work for the hardcore fans, but fails to do anything all that new to stand out.
This release offers up not only the film, but also numerous bonus features including deleted scenes and featurettes taking you further behind bringing this film to life. Grab your copy of Rings available now on Digital HD, On Demand, Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment.