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The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery | 18 October 2002 (USA)
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A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

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Gore Verbinski

Writers:

Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel) (as Koji Suzuki)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Rachel
Martin Henderson ... Noah
David Dorfman ... Aidan
Brian Cox ... Richard Morgan
Jane Alexander ... Dr. Grasnik
Lindsay Frost ... Ruth
Amber Tamblyn ... Katie
Rachael Bella ... Becca
Daveigh Chase ... Samara
Shannon Cochran ... Anna Morgan
Sandra Thigpen ... Teacher
Richard Lineback ... Innkeeper
Sasha Barrese ... Girl Teen #1
Tess Hall ... Girl Teen #2
Adam Brody ... Male Teen #1
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Storyline

Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son's and her own life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

In the well, no one will see... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ring See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,015,393, 20 October 2002

Gross USA:

$129,128,133

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$249,348,933
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SDDS | Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Rachel is looking off her balcony at the units of other residents, she focuses on one apartment containing a seated man with his left leg in a cast. This recalls Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954), in which James Stewart, with his left leg in a cast, peers into his neighbors' apartments. See more »

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After watching the Samara medical video in the Morgan home, Rachel chases Richard Morgan to the stairs and the lighthouse illuminates a crew member's shadow on the wall. Richard is visible at the top of the stairs. See more »

Quotes

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Katie: I hate television. Gives me headaches. You know, I heard there's so many magnetic waves traveling through the air, because of TV and telephones, that we're losing, like, ten times as many brain cells as we're supposed to. Like, all the molecules in our heads are all unstable. All the companies know about it, but they're not doing anything about it. It's, like, a big conspiracy.
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Visually intense creepfest--different purpose than the original
4 February 2008 | by refresh_daemonSee all my reviews

This film is the American take on the Japanese original and while it absorbs its source material intact, it twists around its formula a bit in order to make it fit its new surroundings. The story is the same: a journalist, after losing her niece to a mysterious circumstance, investigates and discovers a cursed videotape, which gives a viewer only seven days to live.

Like its predecessors, the film doesn't spend that much time on the supernatural elements, but focuses more on the mystery. However, The Ring features a lot more supernatural elements immediately and throughout the film than either previous version, perhaps to make more obvious and visceral the impending doom that faces our protagonist. Visually, The Ring has been injected with a shot of adrenaline, being less the brooding mystery of the original and more immediate and menacing. The color palette is colder than Ringu and the story is also more detached and focused on the ghostly mechanics than the human story, which leads the film to be more recognizably intimidating.

The story itself is a little more mysterious in that the backstory of our villain is rather thin and unexplained. Furthermore, the villain is clearly portrayed as senselessly malevolent; this weakens at least two significant scenes. The ending, I think, is more clever than the previous versions. I like that there is something to the relationship between the protagonist, Rachel, and her ally, Noah, but it still seems a little weak when compared to Ringu--where one line can effortlessly show the development in the relationship.

As far as a horror movie goes, The Ring is a blunt, but nonetheless creepy example. Losing some of the trappings of its predecessors helps simplify the story for faster flow and to create room for more visual creepiness, but also loses some of the complexity that helped the story have more depth. It's more of impressive frightfest than Ringu, but is a little weaker in story resonance. In the end, that makes The Ring just as effective overall: if you want more chills, catch this version. If you want more meat, catch Ringu. Decent entertainment. 7/10.


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