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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 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 180
- Fresh: 128
- Rotten: 52
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Creeps you out in high style, even if Nakata did it better.
Rotten: At times, the suspense is palpable, but by the end there's a sense that the crux of the mystery hinges on a technicality that strains credulity and leaves the viewer haunted by the waste of potential.
Fresh: Elegantly shot by Bojan Bazelli and designed by Tom Duffield, with a chilling Hans Zimmer score, this visually stunning movie serves up generous dollops of designer creepiness.
Fresh: I found The Ring moderately absorbing, largely for its elegantly colorful look and sound.
This movie scared the crap out of me. I couldn't sleep easily! I definitely recommend this movie.
Comparing this to the original Japanese version, I must admit it can barely compare as far as scare factor. But, the sudden appearences of the dead faces, it not being overly exaggerated in anyway, the fabulous acting of Watts, Dorfman, Henderson and company, Verbinski's directing and of course the score by the ever-famous Hans Zimmer, make this a true gem of a horror film. Both this and it's original Japanese version are worth watching again and again.
You will die in seven days... Unless you rent or buy The Ring. I love this movie! Sometimes there are some parts that are kind of funny! This movie is well done... Very well done. If you want a good horror movie to watch in SEVEN DAYS, get The Ring.