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The Ring (2002)

  Tags: based on book, Brian Cox, curse, David Dorfman, evil kid, ghosts, Gore Verbinski, haunting, Jane Alexander, Martin Henderson, Naomi Watts, remake, ringu, the ring

Your rating: None Average: 7.8 (9 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Gore Verbinski
Runtime: 
115 minutes
Cast: 
Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander


Well I saw the original Japanese film about a year and a half ago and I never really expected there to be an American remake and when I first heard about it, I was quite skeptical. After seeing pictures and finally the trailer I had new hope for the film. I knew I'd like it, but the question was if I'd like it better than the original. Now having seen the remake I have to say I like the original a little more. The movie starts out pretty similar to the original film.

Two girls talk about the legend of the cursed tape that will kill you within seven days of viewing it. One of the girls reveals that she has seen it... Fast-forward a little and a reporter who happens to be the aunt of the now-dead girl visits her funeral, where she is then asked by her sister to research why her daughter died at such a young age. She partners up with her old boyfriend, who is also a video major, and they find out the truth behind the tape, while in the process viewing the tape themselves. Now they only have a week to find a way to lift the curse. Here are some changes in the story compared to the original:

The girl in this film is named Samara where in the original her name is Sadako.

The mother in the original film had ESP and so it explained a little about how Sadako had the powers she did. In this film the "mother" was just a simple horse-trainer.

Also the ex-boyfriend in this film was actually an ex-husband in the original and he had some psychic powers that let him see images of what really happened with Sadako and her mother. The director decided to ditch the whole "psychic" thing in this film, but it played a major part in the original story; although the boy in this film seemed to have some special abilities.

The whole horse thing in this film is all brand new.

The images on the tape have changed quite a bit and are apparently longer than the original cursed video.

They also changed the look of the corpses after seeing "Samara" and Samara herself looked different compared to how Sadako looked in the original. Also Samara is a child in this film, but Sadako was in her late teens.

They changed a lot of other stuff in the movie as well, but I don't want to reveal too much without giving away important points to the story, to those of you who haven't seen this yet. I liked the original better than this remake mainly because I liked the story a little more and it seemed to have a darker atmosphere, even though this film was pretty dark as well. They also explained which seemed to be a little more, about the story behind Sadako and her Mother.

So does this film live up to the original? Yup. It's suspenseful and creepy in parts. I thought the ending in this film was a little creepier, but Sadako looked much freakier. The story is good and it was interesting to see it go in a slightly different direction. The directing was very well done and I liked some of the subliminal messages that were thrown around in the film.

Good movie that lives up to the original, but in the end I still like the original better. This remake took a slightly different direction with the story and still remains to be creepy and suspenseful. Check this and the original out for some good horror.

Posted on June 15, 2010 - 11:51am | FrighT MasteR

 

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