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Overall Rating
2.5

Awesome: 8.33%
Worth A Look: 8.33%
Average: 8.33%
Pretty Bad75%
Total Crap: 0%

3 reviews, 6 user ratings


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Ringu 2
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by Doug Bentin

"Ring out the new; ring in the old."
2 stars

She’s back, she being Samara, that creepy little girl with long, wet hair who crawls up out of the well her mother dumped her into and then pops out of TV screens and scares people to death. Yes, it’s another one of those movies.

Actually, I enjoyed “The Ring.” I enjoyed the original Japanese version and the later “Ring Virus” from South Korea. I awaited the release of this second American Ringer with more anticipation than I usually feel with sequels.

But the circle is broken, folks. Big time.

Samara is still picking on the same mother/son duo, Rachel and Aidan Keller (Naomi Watts and David Dorfman) despite the fact that they’ve moved to a small town to escape the horrors of the first film. Remember what happened to them then? All the deaths and ghosts and creepy shit. I guess when that sort of stuff starts happening to you, you can buoy up your spirits with the knowledge that all you have to do is move to another city to get away from it all. Therapy is for wussies.

But back to the sequel. This time, the Kellers’ woes are heavier because the long-dead Samara has found a way to posses Aidan’s body. See, she misses having a mommy since her biological mater (Sissy Spacek) is in an insane asylum and her adopted mom murdered her and all. Kids take things like that so damn seriously.

Anyway, Rachel has to find a way to drive Samara out of her son’s body and the only way that’s suggested to her is to kill Aidan by drowning him in the bathtub. See, since Samara drowned in a well, and even though she’s a ghost, she’s afraid of water. Kids take stuff like that seriously, too, but I guess Rachel feels that killing her son’s mortal shell is all in a good cause and so he won’t suffer any lingering after effects, like brain damage or a generally pissed off attitude.

But here’s the hard part. Child Protective Services tends to frown on mothers who keep trying to do away with their own children, (they take that kind of thing seriously) and telling them that the kid has the ghost of an evil little girl living inside him does nothing but raise eyebrows and cause psychiatrists to make that finger-whirling-next-to-the-head gesture as they back slowly to the door.

I think you’re getting the point here. There is nothing in this movie that is in the least surprising, and therefore nothing is scary. The flick opens with two teens watching the haunted videotape, one of them being frightened to death, just the way the first movie started. Then Rachel enlists a man to help her, and he ends up watching the wrong thing on television, if you know what I mean. Just like the first movie.

Naomi Watts seems bored out of her mind with this replay, and Dorfman just isn’t up to the dramatic bits.

The picture is directed by Hideo Nakata, the Japanese director of the original original films, “Ringu” and “Ringu 2,” and if he isn’t more bored than Watts you can’t prove it by sitting through this flick. This thing is so tired, it makes your average Snooze-a-Palooza on the SciFi Channel look like a six-year-old on Christmas morning.

If money didn’t exist there’d be absolutely no excuse for making a movie this cynical. No one appears to want to have anything to do with it, including its cast. When I sat through it, I was the only person in the theater. I know there will be some degree of interest from fans of the first movie—I’m one of them—but by the time this review sees print, that interest will surely have faded due to word of mouth. I know my mouth was open as I watched it. Yawning, you know. I hate it when that happens as I tend to drool into my box of Junior Mints, and they tend to be mushed and sticky already.

As the referee said to the punch-drunk boxer, it’s time to get out of The Ring.

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originally posted: 08/24/05 05:04:26
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User Comments

11/05/06 jessica i love the movie but why is samara face like thet 4 stars
8/20/06 victor fernandes not better than the first one but very good. avoid american versions 4 stars
10/16/05 Anus ALL THESE RETARDED REVIEWERS ARE REFERRING TO THE AMERICUNT REMAKE! 5 stars
8/29/05 Racg Umm... you're talking about The Ring 2, my friend Doug -- Ring[u] 2 is ANOTHER movie... 3 stars
8/28/05 Ace-of-Stars 'Doug Bentin' is reviewing the WRONG MOVIE! 3 stars
5/12/04 The Dude It's a good movie, don't listen to that putz Greg (dickless) Muskewitz. 5 stars
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USA
  23-Aug-2005 (NR)
  DVD: 23-Aug-2005

UK
  30-Jul-2001 (12)

Australia
  18-Oct-2001 (M)




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