Une mystérieuse vidéocassette provoque la mort, sept jours plus tard, de quiconque la regarde. Réalité ou légende urbaine ? Cest ce que tâchera de découvrir Rachel Keller, journaliste, lorsque sa nièce mourra dans des circonstances plus quétranges et quelle se verra forcée de sengager elle-même dans cette course contre la mort.
The Ring réussit à maintenir une tension stressante jusquà son dénouement en forme de trompe-lœil très habile. Verbinski manipule constamment les attentes du spectateur grâce à une bande sonore adéquate et à linsertion de quelques scènes-chocs assez dérangeantes, provoquant beaucoup plus de sursauts que le Ringu de Nakata, à la structure très sobre. Malgré léclairage verdâtre qui rappelle sans cesse lesthétique de The Sixth Sense, et malgré les allures de poupée de Naomi Watts (remarquée dans Mulholland Drive), plus ou moins crédible, The Ring est le genre de film à regarder très tard dans la nuit, parfait pour jouer à se faire peur. --Helen Faradji
Its not a classic, but has enought twists, interest and scarey bits in it to keep interest. Like, say, 28 Days Later.
I have to laugh at the 1 star reviewers. One said that we should watch classics like Friday the 13th etc. These films are rubbish, and teen rubbish which is worse. If you knew the genre then you could have sited; Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Evil Dead or the Shining. Clearly you dont know what you are on about.
Another reviewer droned on about scarey kids. Well duh, it and the original version centre around a dead kid. Killed at the hands of the parents. That is the central plot. So what would you have replaced the kid with, a scarey rabbit???
Another 1 star wonder says the end killed it. Jeez thats funny. The end is a horror classic. It was voted top 5 scarey moments on celluloid. So Im not sure how it ruined the film.
However clicking through on some of the one star reviewers, I notice theyve given high marks to rubbish like Ghost Ship, Cradle 2 Grave and low marks to classics like Pulp Fiction, Final Destination. So be warned, either these people are taking the piss, or even more scarey, they are serious!
Good, not a classic, worth seeing with the lights down low for a few shocks. Or you could watch the scarey Ghost Ship, which of course was scarey only in that it was trash! ;-)
Naomi Watts plays Rachel Keller, a journalist who, at the request of her sister, is investigating the mysterious death of her niece. The trail leads to the cabin where her niece, boyfriend, and teenage friends spent the previous weekend, and she soon learns that everyone from that group died freakishly at exactly the same time as her niece, 7 days to the date. There she finds an unsettling video tape which the group watched - nightmarish images in grainy black and white video which play out like a terrible dream. As soon as Rachel watches the tape, the phone rings and a child's voice says, "Seven days." So the clock starts ticking.
Matters are complicated when her son and ex-boyfriend also view the tape, both receiving the seven day call. From there on the majority of the movie is a creepy mystery - like an X-Files episode - following the dark clues to try and unravel the secret of the video tape before time runs out. Why are the faces of everyone photographed after watching the video distorted? What is the lighthouse seen on the periphery of the video's tracking? Who is the little girl who calls with the seven day warning, or the woman in the mirror on the video, and of course, what is the Ring? The images do serve as a puzzle, and, by the end of the movie you will understand what The Ring is and its dark images mean.
Those expecting in-your-face type of scares will be disappointed, since that's not what this movie is about. It takes its time and uses it to keep upping the ante on the apprehension level. But the creepiness is so thick it makes your skin crawl. This movie is about knowing something horrific is coming for you, and watching it inch closer and closer. It's about mood and atmosphere, about trying to unravel some twisted, dark little puzzle where the consequence of failure is an unspeakibly horrifying death. It's been compared to the Sixth Sense, and I think that's accurate. The Sixth Sense was scary because it got under skin. So does The Ring.
Watch it with the lights out. Enjoy the atmosphere and think about it long after it's over - the Ring makes an excellent addition to the thinking thriller collection.