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Review - Rings

By midlandsmovies, May 25 2017 04:22PM

Rings (2017) Dir. F. Javier Gutiérrez

Rings is the third film in the US remake series taking place thirteen years after the original and the movie is a weird kind of 90s throwback film with the inclusion of horror clichés long thought gone forever.

An interesting opening begins when a passenger plane is struck by an attack from the TV-escaping supernatural entity ‘Samara’, whose presence appears once a cursed video tape is watched by victims. Harking back to Final Destination (one of many 90s call-backs), the film soon finds solid ground as we follow a group of students and a professor attempting to ‘test’ the curse by watching the film yet passing it on to another before any harm should befall them.

Unfortunately they are an incredibly less-than-engaging mix of moody white teenagers moping around with their teacher Jonathan Galecki (from TV’s The Big Bang Theory). Sadly, he also reminds me most of his appearance in I Know What You Did Last Summer. This continues the weirdly 90s vibe about it whilst certain darkly-lit shots look similar to TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

As two of the students, Julia (Matilda Lutz) and Holt (Alex Roe), begin to uncover further truths that lie behind the scary footage, I began to realise this kind of film isn’t really made anymore because Wes Craven’s Scream made many of these clichés obsolete. Despite an exciting sequence with a flat screen TV, the film’s main conceit was explained perfectly at the end of the first film so every event in this sequel is less exciting and surprising as the viewer already knows the shocking calling card of Samara herself.

The theme of an urban legend coming to life was again covered in 1998’s Urban Legend and like a lot of horror sequels, the innovative concept (and often twists) of the original film are sadly dragged down for more of the same with a few mildly entertaining kills thrown in.

Vincent D’Onofrio is later whipped out as Mr. Exposition (like he was in Sinister) and a bland narrative, with bland characters and a bland cinematic style simply wasn’t delivered with any recommended quality. A few jump scares may satisfy the least demanding of horror fans but for the rest, I’d avoid watching this cursed film, for it will bore you to death.


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