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Disturbing images and a few good shocks don't stop The Ring from being a hash of half-baked ideas. It's the kind of frightfest you'll watch to set a chilling mood or spook your susceptible friends, but when you try to sort it out, this well-mounted American remake (of the 1998 Japanese hit Ringu, based on Koji Suzuki's popular novel) collapses into a heap of incoherent parts. The negligible plot follows a Seattle reporter (Naomi Watts) as she investigates the death of her niece, the victim of a mysterious videotape that, according to vague urban legend, causes the viewer's death seven days later. (Fear Dot Com borrowed the same idea while avoiding this film's lofty pretensions.) The reporter, her son, and her estranged boyfriend view the tape, and the film's countdown structure follows them into deepening layers of terror--all quite effective until the movie attempts to explain itself. At that you're better off shutting down your brain and letting the creepy visuals take over. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Dolby
  • DTS Surround Sound

Cast

Naomi WattsRachel
Martin HendersonNoah
David DorfmanAidan
Brian CoxRichard Morgan
Jane AlexanderDr. Grasnik
Lindsay FrostRuth
Amber TamblynKatie
Rachael BellaBecca
Daveigh ChaseSamara
Shannon CochranAnna Morgan
Adam BrodyMale Teen #1
Alan BlumenfeldHarvey

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  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Theme(s): Horror
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Producer: DreamWorks
  • Length: 105 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 18, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
    JapanR-18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 4, 2003
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