The Ring 2 (2005)
Director: Hideo Nakata
Main Stars: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek, Elizabeth Perkins, Gary Cole, Simon Baker
Storyline: 6 months after the first film Samara Morgan has returned and so has the video
Review (Spoils): Some high school couple dare each other to watch the film, the girl covers her eyes and Samara returns to kill the young man. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts ) learns of the twisted death and she starts again on the hunt to stop the video and the terror of the ghost of Samara and to protect her son.
Again with the sequels but we all knew this one was going to happen as the Ringu series if large. We have the return of Rachel and once again her acting is well done for this film but it could not save the film from the lack of sense. This film is not even close to the first one and even the CGI effects in it could not bring it to justice. We have the return of the VHS tape, some deer in the forest that randomly attack a car, the ghost of Samara wanting her mommy (really?) and a whole lot of the same shit as the first film.
The storyline in this one is very weak…..
Rating: The first film (yes it was a remake) was actually not bad and I was looking forward to this one to follow suite but instead it became and dread of boredom and lack of story. The well, the TV and the nonsense of this film killed what could have been a great series.
The Ring (2002)
Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brain Cox, David Dorfman
Storyline: A young journalist investigates a videotape that is linked to anyone viewing it will die.
Review (spoils): Ok first off this is a remake of the classic Ringu. So we have the young blonde journalist named Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) who investigates a murder of 4 young people which links to a story of a haunting videotape. During this her dumb son watches the tape even though he was told not too and now she races against time to end the curse to save her son’s life.
The acting in the film is average but what do you want it’s a horror film. But the storyline does flow well and the actually scenes on the videotape are really well done. The emotion of the theme works well as the film has a groaning depressing feeling. Gore Verbinski did a great job doing this as the main little haunting girl (the classic and now over used choppy movements) is memorable for the new audiences and some of the classic scenes such as the horse and the boat is everlasting in the mind. That’s what you want in a horror film, leaving an everlasting mark in the mind to remind you of it. Hats off to you Mr. Verbinski for accomplishing that.
Rating: What I do have to say is this is a decent remake. Yes you heard that right (I hate remakes normally) but it’s true. Naomi Watts was the right person to lead this role and this film. Yes the kid can be annoying but what kid can’t be in horror? This is one of the best remakes out there for horror right now except for The Thing. If you have not seen this film, do yourself a favor and check it out.