The Ring

The Ring

Gore Verbinski (2002)

110min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
The words "Hollywood remake" may fill film fans with dread - foreign language movies ruined by a refit for the multiplex crowd - but this version of Hideo Nakata's Japanese horror classic from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is a surprisingly good effort that retains much of the unnerving, creepy atmosphere of the original. An unlabelled videotape is in circulation, bringing death after seven days to anyone who watches it. One of its victims is the niece of journalist Naomi Watts, who decides to uncover the source of the tape and find out whether this "curse" is real, a quest that's given added urgency after Watts chooses to view the video herself. Verbinski makes a couple of inventive additions - a horse going berserk on a car ferry is a brilliantly surreal innovation - and although the spine-chilling terror of the superior 1997 original is muted by the overuse of CGI, this is still a worthy substitute if you're not in the mood for subtitles.

Summary

A journalist investigates several teenage deaths, which are linked to a cursed videotape and the rumour that anyone who watches it will die a week later. Her growing obsession with the tape endangers herself and her family - and to avoid the predicted fate, she has just seven days to find out where the recording came from. Gore Verbinski's remake of the Japanese supernatural horror, starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson and Brian Cox.

Cast & Crew

Rachel Keller Naomi Watts
Noah Martin Henderson
Aidan David Dorfman
Richard Morgan Brian Cox
Dr Grasnik Jane Alexander
Ruth Lindsay Frost
Katie Amber Tamblyn
Becca Rachael Bella
Director Gore Verbinski
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 21 Feb 2003

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