Dub Cee Reviews: The Ring (2002)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writer:  Ehren Kruger (Screenplay), Koji Suzuki (Novel)

Ok guys, ready for this. Get the lynch mob formed. Call in the posse. Grab your pitchforks and light the torches because, I, Dub Cee liked the Ring. Yes you read that correctly, I liked the Ring.

I thought the story behind the Ring was interesting. I thought the power it held over people was interesting. Even though Frodo and Sam were just a tab bit too friendly for my taste. Golem was cool looking.

What’s with the confused look? Oh, my bad, I was thinking of the whole one Ring to rule them all. The movie called “The Ring”, which ironically enough has NOTHING to do with a Ring…sucked. Alot.

The overall story idea was kinda dumb to begin with. Basically, we have Rachel (Naomi Watts) who is a reporter researching the deaths of some teenagers and she learns of this legend. If anybody watches this video, right after they get phone call, a raspy voice says seven days. Then whamo, seven days later they are found with their heart squished inside their chest. Of course, at some point Rachel watches said tape and gets the creepy phone call. She then asks her ex-husband Noah (Martin Henderson) to take a look at it. Seems he is a techie geek type of fellow who watches the tape. He explains the tape does not have the usual markings of a recording and cannot explain how the images were made. Oh, did I mention that Rachel let the tape out so her son Aidan (David Dorfman) could watch it. Seems the only way to prevent death is to make a copy of the movie and give it to someone else and have them watch it. Then they get to die while you laugh at their demise.

Anyways, they figure out the legend to be true and learn of the legend of Samara Morgan who was the adopted daughter of Richard Morgan (Brian Cox). Turns out once Samara is in the lives of the Morgan’s things go crazy. Dead horses, images burned into the mother’s head, etc. Eventually they go all “Country Death Song” (good tune from the Violent Femmes, has nothing to do with this movie) and toss little Samara down the well. They figure she dies…seven days later. So the family figures maybe if they set things right for Samara, expose the truth, and give her a proper burial then the kilings will stop.

Now, I am all for some supernatural stuff and suspense. However, things need to be explained. Why a VHS tape, why not a DVD? Was Samara too cheap to go with the good stuff? Just exactly how did this tape get made? And if you are going in the suspense route, leave out stupid attempts at jump scares. Those take you right out of any tension you may have had and actually serve to do the opposite of what you intended.

The acting was bad all around. Naomi Watts was just boring on screen. Martin Henderson was as boring in this as he was in Smokin’ Aces. Hell, the kid was the most interesting character and even still just bleh. The lone thing I liked in this movie was the end. No, not the sarcastic “once the credits started rolling.” I mean the end of the story. It sets up with a typical ending. Mommy and Daddy back together to help raise the troubled son. That is not what you get. Instead, they must do the one thing they were trying to avoid.

Now, some might thing that was a spoiler. Honestly though, it wasn’t. It was a save. I just saved you from watching this movie. I forced myself to watch it for the second time. I had to pay a $15 late fee and get it for a two night rental. You people should be thanking me! It is based on a novel and movie titled “Ringu” from Japan but this was so bad I doubt I ever give either one a chance.

Final rating: The only thing keeping this from an “F” is the unhappy ending. Even still I only give this a “D-“. Avoid.


10 Responses to “Dub Cee Reviews: The Ring (2002)”

  1. I couldn’t disagree more. I liked The Ring a lot. It was suspenseful, well paced, well shot and well acted. Unfortunately, many of it’s conventions have been imitated ad nauseum in both Japanese and American horror which, much like The Exorcist, dilutes it if you watch it now. The tape was creepy, Samara was creepy and the climax was awesome. Not only do I like The Ring, but I think Ringu blows. This is the uber-rare example of where the remake surpasses the original. The film was great and it’s one of the few horror flicks I can go back, watch and enjoy again.

  2. chainsawcheerleader Says:

    What I wanna know is how does a ghost from a hundred years ago even know what a video tape is let alone make one? If she does know what a video tape is then that means she would be able to think of other ways to kill people. Waiting for people to watch a video tape isn’t very efficient. If she really was that angry or vengeful you’d think she would want to kill people faster.

    After I watched The Ring I saw Ringu. I can’t say that I am a fan of either. I saw The Ring when it first came out and I didn’t find it scary or suspenseful at all. Its not a bad movie. Its worth a watch at least once.

    Great review, Craig.

  3. I give you the climax of the movie Pi. Even said so.

  4. Fail. The Ring is good. Apparently this is going to be another generational line in the sand. Plus, how dare you say something negative about Naomi Watts. Or a movie that kills Amber Tamblyn. How much better would The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants have been if they had killed that bitch in that movie too?

  5. I enjoyed The Ring. In fact, I thought it was pretty great. I’m just saying…

  6. Its odd, the first time I watched this I thought it was just ok. But this time well, you see the above. Sabbath, you’ve got my back on this, right?

  7. I haven’t watched it in a couple of years, but if I remember right Lyn, the ghost isn’t a hundred years old. The people who killed her are still alive in the film. So she could grasp videotape. Blu-Ray on the other hand, is another matter…..

  8. chainsawcheerleader Says:

    I only remember so much of the film. It has been a very long time since I’ve seen it. I just remember the ghost girl and her parents looking older. Like their style of dress.

  9. I agree this is better than the original. I can’t even remember exactly what the explanation was for Samara in the original, but it was so convoluted and complicated that I doubt the writers even understood a word of it.

  10. This is definitely one of those generational divides then because I loathed this movie. The only thing worse than The Ring was the fucking Grudge. I’ve never watched either of the originals because I cannot imagine anything connected to this being so amazing. The Ring had some genuine creepy moments — I’ll give it that. The videotape images were definitely eerie. The film itself though was just boring and bleh. Sorry guys, I’m with him. The Ring’s a stinker.

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