Film Review: Rings

When I was in the seventh grade, I watched The Ring with a group of friends. I can say with confidence it was an incredibly poor decision at the time and I failed to sleep soundly for weeks after watching it. To this day it remains to be one of the scariest horror films I have ever viewed, and whether that is because of how deeply traumatized I was by its content or if it is because it was truly scary, I have never been to look at a well the same.

Now that I am older I enjoy watching horror films, therefore when I learned that an additional component had been added to The Ring series, titled Rings, I was thrilled. Remembering how truly terrifying the first film was for me personally, I assumed this film would be equally horrifying.

Unfortunately, I was wrong. The film was written by F. Javier Gutiérrez, David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes and Avike Goldsman and starts Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki (yes, Leonard from Big Bang), Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio. It depicts a scenario that occurs thirteen years after the events pertaining to the original 2002 film, and while the concept was clever, the acting is what really made the film a disappointment for me. Johnny Galecki in his role as a university professor named Gabriel was strong, however, the lead character, Julia, was incredibly bland and unenthusiastic, and considering the plot of this film is rather traumatizing, she arguably should have approached the role with a little more gusto.

The film grossed $83 million and cost $25 million to create, therefore despite my personal dislike of the film, it did well at the box office. Samara is a prominent presence in the film once again, though her story becomes more complex as information pertaining to her biological mother and father is discussed.

Overall, I would not recommend this film. The original film remains the best, and if I ever get the courage to look down a well again, perhaps I will give it a second viewing.

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