The Ring

  • 15
  • Gore Verbinski (2002)
  • US
  • 110 min
The Ring
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Hollywood remake of Japanese horror thriller Ringu, starring Naomi Watts. Investigating the mysterious death of a 16-year-old girl, reporter Rachel Keller discovers the existence of a haunted videotape - anyone who watches it will die within seven days. Is it an urban myth or will Keller suffer a gruesome fate?

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Gore Verbinski

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 21 Feb 2003
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama