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The Ring Two

The Ring Two

Hideo Nakata (2004)

104min
15 Certificate
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Hideo Nakata directs this sequel to the US remake (The Ring) of his Japanese horror, Ringu, that kick-started the Asian terror explosion: "Fear comes full circle", as the movie's tagline declares. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her son have moved from Seattle to Oregon to escape the nightmare of the cursed videotape, but the vengeful ghost of Samara follows. Bearing no relation to the convoluted Japanese sequel Ring 2, and dropping its urban legend hook far too quickly, this illogical and long-winded story ends up as a soggy mess. Nakata is a terrific director, and he choreographs the elegant shocks with well-timed precision, but his spare, surreal style cannot divert attention away from the fact that the menace here is kept moving by coincidence after coincidence rather than anything grounded in believable reality. There are some heart-stopping moments, however - the most memorable featuring Sissy Spacek as an asylum inmate who holds the chilling secret to Samara's origin.

Summary

Journalist Rachel Keller and her son try to rebuild their shattered lives, moving from Seattle to Oregon and starting afresh. However, the vengeful spirit of Samara follows, and this time she is determined to destroy them. Sequel to the horror remake, starring Naomi Watts, Simon Baker and David Dorfman, and featuring a cameo appearance from Sissy Spacek.

Cast & Crew

Rachel Keller Naomi Watts
Max Rourke Simon Baker (1)
Aidan Keller David Dorfman
Dr Emma Temple Elizabeth Perkins
Martin Savide Gary Cole
Evelyn Sissy Spacek
Jake Ryan Merriman
Emily Emily VanCamp
Evil Samara Kelly Stables
Betsy Kelly Overton
Director Hideo Nakata
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 1 Apr 2005

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