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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.


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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