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The Ring

The Ring

DreamWorks, DVD, 2002, Rated PG-13, 1 hr. 55 min.

The Ring, a remake of Ringu, a 1998 Japanese film, is the best "scary" movie I have seen in a long time.  The premise: Anyone who watches a mysterious homemade video tape dies seven days later.  The first victim is Rachel Keller's (Naomi Watts) 16-year-old niece Katie, whose heart stops beating out of fear.  She is found dead with a look of pure horror on her face.  

Rachel, an investigative reporter in Seattle, is asked by her sister to look into Katie's death.  Rachel soon learns that Katie and three friends recently stayed at a cabin in Shelter Mountain and her three friends have died mysteriously too.  It all leads back to a video tape the four watched while in Shelter Mountain.  Rachel hunts down the tape and watches it and becomes convinced that she has seven days to live before the tape somehow kills her too.  

I enjoyed watching this movie unfold, as Rachel races to figure out how and why watching a video tape can kill a person.  Rachel being an investigative journalist, it is easy to believe she has the skills and tools to piece together the puzzle of the video tape.  Naomi Watts plays it straight and makes you believe that this implausibility could actually occur.  She is vulnerable, tough, and determined, sometimes all at once.  

As Rachel's son Aidan, David Dorfman is quite a spooky little guy.  He brings a sense of unease to his role and you're never quite sure if he knows more than he's letting on or if he's just a weird kid.  I won't give away the ending, but he has a line that sent a chill through me!

As Rachel's friend/boyfriend Noah, Martin Henderson is equally captivating, playing the role with just the right amount of skepticism and toughness.

The Ring has a suspenseful pace that keeps you guessing. Just when you think you have figured out what will happen next there is a new twist that takes the story in a different direction. All the while there is the countdown of the seven days, which adds urgency to the plight of the characters. This combined with the use of surreal and dreamlike imagery makes for a very entertaining and unreal journey through the world of the supernatural.

As I was watching The Ring, I couldn't help but make comparisons to Fear Dot Com - watching a video tape spells death vs. logging onto a website spells death.  However, The Ring does what Fear Dot Com doesn't: engages the viewer and features a cast that's captivating and interesting.  

Being very gullible, I was a little nervous to watch this movie, but I watched it on DVD, not video, so I'm safe!  

Aidan (David Dorfman)
(David Dorfman)

Rachael (Naomi Watts)
(Naomi Watts)

Katie (Amber Tamblyn)
(Amber Tamblyn)

Noah (Martin Henderson)
(Martin Henderson)

Samara (Daveigh Chase)
(Daveigh Chase)

Imagery from The Ring
Imagery from The Ring


The DVD special features include a Bonus Short called "Watch if You Dare" and a trailer for Ringu.

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105 Minutes







Actor / Actress


Rachel Keller   

Naomi Watts


Martin Henderson


David Dorfman

Samara Morgan

Daveigh Chase

Richard Morgan

Brian Cox



Gore Verbinski


Walter F. Parkes


Laurie MacDonald


Ehren Kruger


Scott Frank



Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 3/31/2003


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