A mysterious video tape is killing off anyone who watches it. Whenever the victim watches it, the phone rings, telling them they have only 7 days to live. A young reporter named Rachel is investigating these events, but after she and her small son watch the tape, it becomes a race against time to find out why the tape is killing everyone and how it could be stopped.
Comparing this version to the original Japanese version, I thought this remake was weak and watered down. The only good scenes, in this version, was the beginning and the end. The middle section, of the movie, was nothing but storyline and Naomi Watts playing as an investigating journalist with her divorced husband.
The only good thing about this version was the graphics. Other than that, the US version dragged out the movie to almost 2 hours. They even added a few scenes, which were uncalled for, such as the horse jumping off of the ferry. I guess they felt like a horror movie MUST have blood, when there is a death, and if there is none, then the movie is not considered a horror movie to them.
As for the good scenes I enjoyed, they were the beginning with Rebbecca and her friend, when they were discussing the video tape. After they showed Rebbecca’s friend in the closet, the movie went down hill, in my opinion. At the end, the only other good scene was with Samara coming out of the TV. Just for those 2 good scenes, it’s only about 20-30 minutes long. So, why did they have to drag out the movie for another 1 hour and 30 minutes?
As for the acting, I didn’t have a problem with anyone’s role, in this movie. I thought Naomi Watts played Rachel’s character very well. The only issue I had was when Rachel was getting ready to go on the ferry and it was raining outside, her hair never got wet. I understand she had a raincoat on, but her hair was sticking out of the hood and it was raining hard, not lightly. So, I’m guessing she is waterproof.
Anyways, if you haven’t seen this version of the movie, I would still suggest watching Ringu instead of The Ring. If you’re not into reading subtitles, then you should probably stick to this one.
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