Cast - 40%
Story - 30%
Music Score - 20%
Effects/Quality - 60%
Originality - 30%
There have been many direct adaptations of Suzuki’s Ring books, this American movie is yet another adaption as it attempts at bringing the story into the modern era of digital technology, as most would remember the 2002 movie the Ring which was about watching a video tape then the viewer would die in 7 days. We are living in a time of viral videos and content, well what would happen to a supernatural entity in 2017? Would Samara’s evil, the story die along with the VHS tape format?
A young woman (Matilda Lutz) becomes worried about her boyfriend (Alex Roe) when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. 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. This leads even further down the rabbit hole to uncover secrets behind the Samara legend.
This movie explores how the supernatural would adapt to the challenges of modern technology, it’s not a story I was expecting to be adapted in this way, yes an interesting notion to explore but the 2002 movie really blew horror fans away and there’s an element of horror within dated objects and settings which can’t be replicated by just swapping it out with a modern version of itself.
When it comes to new chapters in horror franchises I feel Hollywood needs to follow the example of the movie Annabelle, the doll itself is distressed and dated which captures a sense of uneasiness, it does not belong in a modern context which makes it scary so I can’t imagine it needing to be modernised to appeal to a new generation. I also can’t imagine why they did not cast Naomi Watts to at least pass the torch over to the new lead in the movie. This one is for fans of the 2002’s Ring who want all these questions posed answered.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Age Rating: Mature
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: 4 June 2017