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The Ring (2002)

(PG-13) 115 mins

Synopsis: A young journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writers: Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel), and Hiroshi Takahashi (1998 screenplay Ringu) (uncredited)

Stars: Naomi WattsMartin Henderson and Brian Cox

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother)  I don’t really see what all the hype was about.  This movie was more interesting as a mystery than it was scary, and the payoff at the end of the mystery wasn’t worth the buildup.  The acting was pretty good, however, and David Dorfman did a good job of rivaling Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) as one of the creepiest child actors in a movie.  The opening scene–which is often my favorite part of horror flicks, anyway–was worth watching, just for the unique, crazy concept, but after that it’s diminishing returns with your time.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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