Ring

Ring

4.3 93
Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Gore Verbinski, Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman

     
 

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A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat thriller. A strange videotape begins making the rounds in a town in the Pacific Northwest; it is full of bizarre and haunting images, and after watching it, many viewers receive a telephone call in which they are warned they will die in seven days. A handful of… See more details below

Overview

A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat thriller. A strange videotape begins making the rounds in a town in the Pacific Northwest; it is full of bizarre and haunting images, and after watching it, many viewers receive a telephone call in which they are warned they will die in seven days. A handful of teenagers who watched the tape while spending a weekend at a cabin in the mountains scoff at the threat, but as predicted, they all die suddenly on the same night. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts), the aunt of one of the ill-fated teens, is a journalist who has decided to investigate the matter and travels West with her young son, Aidan (David Dorfman), a troubled child who has been drawing pictures of strange and ominous visions. Rachel managed to find the cabin in the woods and watches the video herself; afterward, she receives the same phone call, and realizes she must solve the puzzle of the video and the person or persons behind it within a week. Rachel turns to her ex, Noah (Martin Henderson), an expert in video technology, who at first is convinced the story is a hoax until he digs deeper into the mystery. The Ring was adapted from a 1996 Japanese film by Hideo Nakata, which became a massive box-office success in Asia and spawned two sequels.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A truly blood-chilling exercise in supernatural horror, this American remake of Hideo Nakata's 1998 Japanese cult classic depicts the inexplicable marriage of demonic malevolence and modern technology. The nightmarish tale gets underway as newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) investigates the bizarre fates of teenagers who have died exactly seven days after watching a certain videotape. Rachel watches the tape and pooh-poohs the idea that it might be cursed -- until her young son (David Dorfman) starts making eerie drawings similar to those produced by the victims just days before they died. Despite the occasional plot hole -- suspension of disbelief is a given in horror, anyway -- screenwriter Ehren Kruger crafts a spine-tingling story that is visualized splendidly by director Gore Verbinski, who establishes a sinister, melancholy mood early on and sustains it through the excruciatingly tense final reel. This isn't really an actor's movie, but Watts handles herself surprisingly well, making believable that which is patently unbelievable. She gets able support from Brian Cox (playing a lonely old man whose past sins have a bearing on the present carnage) and Martin Henderson, who is extremely winning as the video geek who helps Rachel analyze the deadly tape. This ambitious little thriller isn't always logical, but it's relentlessly creepy, and that's a quality you always want in a horror movie.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Though the majority of truly effective scares in The Ring resound most clearly when borrowed from the original source material, Gore Verbinski's reworking of the phenomenally successful 1998 Japanese film Ringu is a suitably chilling version of the story, which has already seen a Korean remake, two sequels, and a made-for-television movie. Wisely opting for a sustained sense of dread over a series of shock scenes or an over-reliance on special effects, The Ring also benefits from the suitable and assured lead performance of actress Naomi Watts, despite some over-dramatization of events early on. The majority of newly incorporated plot elements are also fairly effective, with at least one instance aboard an island-bound ferry reaching a fever pitch of disturbing heights. And though many of these elements work within the context of the story, certain embellishments are more distracting than effective. The properties of the video that spark the desperate investigation of its origins, as well as the video itself, seem slightly more forced, even if the plot developments that they ultimately lead to are indeed intriguing. A hypnotic melding of obscure nightmarish imagery in the Japanese theatrical release, the video as presented in the American remake, as one character so eloquently states, is "very student film." This isn't to say that it isn't effective in terms of uncomfortable imagery, but rather that it lacks the subtleties that made the original so obscurely menacing. This can also be said of the character of Samara. Where the original wisely refrained from giving the audience a good look at this terrifying figure of mysterious origins, we simply see too much of her here. Her seemingly unearthly and unnatural movements, so effectively realized by utilizing an actress versed in Kabuki theater in the original, is here less-engagingly realized with special effects and trick photography. Also integrating elements from the sequel as well as other contemporary Japanese chillers, The Ring pays homage to its origins while maintaining a decidedly American slant. A highly stylized visual stunner, Verbinski's sparse frame recalls the original while cinematographer Bojan Bazelli's photography helps the film stand on its own as a lusciously foreboding rain-soaked nightmare.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
UPC:
0032429101440
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:55:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Naomi Watts Rachel Keller
Martin Henderson Noah
David Dorfman Aidan
Brian Cox Richard Morgan
Jane Alexander Dr. Grasnik
Lindsay Frost Ruth
Pauley Perrette Beth
Amber Tamblyn Katie
Rachael Bella Becca
Sara Rue Babysitter
Shannon Cochran Anna Morgan
Daveigh Chase Samara
Richard Lineback Innkeeper
Sasha Barrese Girl Teen #1
Joanna Lin Black Cashier
Alan Blumenfeld Harvey
Adam Brody Male Teen #1
Keith Campbell Ship's Mate
Gary Cervantes Painter
Joseph Chrest Doctor
Aixa Clemente Nurse
Stephanie Erb Donna
Art Frankel Cal
Tess Hall Girl Teen #2
Chuck Hicks Ferry Worker
Ronald William Lawrence Library Clerk
Billy Lloyd Darby
Coleen Maloney Mourner #1
Maura McNamara Girl On Ferry
Catherine Paolone Mourner #2
David Povall Girl's Father
Joe Sabatino Orderly
Michael Spound Dave
Lindsey Stoddart Grad Student
Sandra Thigpen Teacher
Guy Richardson Librarian
Gina Segall Singer
Fiachra Trench Conductor

Technical Credits
Gore Verbinski Director
Benita Allen-Honess Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Slamm Andrews Sound Mixer
Richard Baker Makeup Special Effects
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Denise Chamian Casting
Cinovation Studios Makeup Special Effects
Craig Wood Editor
Burt Dalton Special Effects Supervisor
Tom Duffield Production Designer
Harry K. Garvin Camera Operator
Daniel B. Gold Camera Operator
Giselle Gurza Asst. Director
Christine Iso Co-producer
Ehren Kruger Screenwriter
Mike Macari Executive Producer
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Peter Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Parkes Producer
Fred Roth Asst. Director
Jodi Rothfield Casting
Roy Lee Executive Producer
Amy Schmiederer Makeup
Maya Shimoguchi Set Decoration/Design
Patrick M. Sullivan Art Director
Michele Weisler Executive Producer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ring
1. You Will Die In Seven Days [7:31]
2. Rachel and Aiden [5:06]
3. Katie's Funeral [2:57]
4. Photographs [6:17]
5. Shelter Mountain [1:47]
6. The Tape [3:05]
7. Make Me a Copy [5:15]
8. No Fingerprints [5:10]
9. Decca [2:07]
10. A Lighthouse [3:10]
11. Who Is Anna Morgan? [4:53]
12. Bad Dram [1:53]
13. Aiden Watches the Tape [5:17]
14. Ferry Ride [4:08]
15. Medical Records [2:08]
16. Mr. Morgan [2:39]
17. Family Doctor [5:20]
18. Bath Time [4:51]
19. The Barn [6:48]
20. The Well [3:09]
21. Samara Returns [14:16]
22. It Won't Stop [6:11]
23. End Credits [2:51]

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