Tuesday, 22 November 2011
The Ring (2002)
Dramatic thriller in which strange deaths befall anyone who watches a rare and obscure video tape.
Based on the Japanese original, The Ring is a much adored cult story, one which has prevailed amongst modern popular culture as a horror success story. The plot follows one journalist’s attempt at uncovering the story behind this evil tape, whilst she herself counts down the seven days it takes from first watching the tape, and dying. Using the urban legends surrounding the tape, as well as her own research methods, she soon begins finding out a deeper secret, underneath.
It is a suspenseful and effective film, one which uses iconic imagery and music. Unlike most modern horrors, The Ring takes a slower pace, allowing the tension to build masterfully, and keeping our attention with a gripping story, and unrelenting peril. The idea is simplistic, which is the basis for any good horror film, and the outcome is neither predictable nor boring.
Performances are of a good standard, Naomi Watts as the journalist does a good job at keeping us engaged throughout, but, as a whole, the film is more about the utterly brilliant creepiness and thrilling drama.
Not as scary as some have made it out to be, this is an enjoyable modern thriller/horror/drama, and one which uses the method of urban legends to great effect.