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Movie Review: Rings

 

Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is sort of a sequel to the popular horror/thriller The Ring (2002).

I say that this is sort of a sequel because the original character in the first film, Samara, is still reaping havoc and killing anyone who views her video.

Rings stars Alex Roe, Matilda Lutz, Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory) and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Holt (Roe) and Julia (Lutz) are dating but feel like they need to separate because Hold is off to college and Julia needs to stay home and care for her sick mother. Regardless of their circumstances, they promise to keep in touch with one another. That is until Holt suddenly disappears.

Julia heads to his college to find him. She reaches out to his favorite professor, Professor Gabriel, but he offers Julia no help.

Convinced that he knows something about Holt’s disappearance she follows Professor Gabriel around and discovers that he’s in charge of an unusual experiment that Holt might have been involved with. The experiment has students and others watch a video (Samara’s video) so that he can learn more about people’s souls. Before their seven days is up, Gabriel makes sure another person watches the video to save them.

If you never saw The Ring or The Ring 2, if you watch Samara’s video the phone will ring. When you pick up a girl’s voice says “Seven days.” In seven days from watching her video you will die UNLESS you can make a copy of the movie and have someone else watch it.

Fun fact… when my husband and I watched The Ring for the first time we were at home. During the movie our phone (landline back then) rang once. It freaked my husband out. LOL!

Julia discovers that Holt was part of this experiment. She almost became an unwilling victim before she was rescued by Holt.

Julia finds out from Holt that he is going to die. In order to save him she watches the video. Now it’s Julia who will die in seven days if she doesn’t find someone else to watch the video.

Professor Gabriel offers to help Julia, but there are changes in Samara’s video. The footage is longer than the original and there is a movie within the movie. The imagines in the new footage are also appearing to Julia as visions.

What are the visions all about? What is Samara trying to tell Julia? What can Julia do stop Samara before it’s too late? To find out you need to pick up (or download) a copy of Rings.

Rings does give you more insight into Samara’s life and how she came to be. I appreciate more of her backstory, although I still cannot figure out the connection between the video, seven days and Samara.

Rings is not scary. I’m a die hard horror movie fan, so I’m not easily impressed by most of today’s horror movies. Rings is no exception. I did not find it scary at all. I did find Samara’s video’s imagines disturbing, but not scary. I think maybe the only ones who might find this film scary are 12 year old girls during a slumber party in the dark. LOL!

I also found the film to be very predictable. In fact, my husband asked me if I wrote the movie because I kept sharing my thoughts about what was going to happen with him before it happened. I cannot believe how predictable this film was. It’s almost as if I knew what was going to happen before it did.

If I had to describe the film in one word I’d say “meh.” The film didn’t impress me. I found it to be boring, slow and as I mentioned before, predictable. The only interesting part was learning Samara’s backstory.

I get a lot of movies to review. The good ones I keep, the ones I plan on never watching again I donate to the local library. Rings is going to be donated to the library after work tomorrow. I doubt I’ll ever watch it again.

Please keep in mind that this is just MY personal opinion. Other people might think this was a great movie. You can’t go by what I have to say. See if for yourself and make your own decision about it.

Like my mom always said “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

There are bonus features with the Blu-ray/DVD included deleted scenes with an alternate ending, “Terror Comes Full Circle,” Scary Scenes and “Bring Samara Back to Life.” I honestly didn’t want the bonus features (I normally do). I simply wasn’t impressed with the film so I had no interest in the bonus features either.

If you would like to learn more about this film you can check out the official website, RingsMovie.com. You can also check out the film on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Did you see Rings? If so, what did YOU think of the film? Please comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment. This is the theatrical trailer.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. Julie Wood says:

    This looks like a very good movie. I saw the first Ring and loved it. I will have to see this movie. I have not seen it yet!