Review by J.T. Johnson
DIRECTOR: F. Javier Gutierrez
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sharone Meir
WRITERS: David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes, Akiva Goldsman
MUSIC: Matthew Margeson
If a supernatural psycho girl calls me to tell me I have only seven days left to live after watching “Rings”, my response will be, “Really? Seven long days to remember this movie? Kill me… Kill me now.” The latest movie in “The Ring” franchise is just further proof that Hollywood doesn’t know how to make good horror films anymore. There is pretty much nothing redeemable about “Rings” that would make it worth being watched.
The new movie shows that a professor named Gabriel (Johnny Galecki) has acquired the infamous tape that kills you seven days after watching it. Meanwhile, Julia (Matilda Lutz) is in a long distance relationship with her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) who is at college. After he disappears, she goes searching for him only to discover that Gabriel is showing the video to several students as part of some sort of experiment. Truthfully, I really didn’t get what he was trying to do.
Either way, it is set up that Gabriel quickly figured out that if you make a copy of the tape and show it to someone else, that person gets the curse and you are freed. Julia finds Holt and after realizing that he is about to die, she watches his copy to set him free. The two then set off to discover the true mystery behind the tape and the real origin of Samara, the demonic girl at the center of the video.
At the very least, the movie does try to add another layer to the story that started in “The Ring”. Unfortunately, all it adds are more horror clichés that are not done particularly well. Also, the additional story content just leads to a twist the audience can see from miles away and the movie ends with a letdown that is somehow even worse than the rest of the film.
The production value is not bad meaning that the movie at least looks good. Also, the performances are decent as well. Lutz and Roe are good in the movie, but there is just no way they can even begin to save the film. Also, Vincent D’Onofrio and Johnny Galecki are veteran actors who didn’t need to appear in this movie, so I don’t know what they’re doing here.
I would tell you about the horror scenes in the movie if it had any. There are a couple of attempts to cause the audience to jump, but even those scenes can’t manage to bring any sort of thrills. One of the things I liked about “The Ring” is the fact that it did contain a chilling tone throughout, but this movie can’t even replicate that feeling despite trying.
Paramount originally wanted this film to not only reboot the franchise, but to also replace “Paranormal Activity” as their staple horror franchise for October. Instead, the only thing horrific about this movie is just how insanely forgettable it can be. If Paramount wants a new horror franchise, they’re going to have to look elsewhere.