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You'll never watch an unmarked Video Cassette again.,
This review is from: The Ring [DVD]  (DVD)
It is not a common thing to find nowadays, a horror that actually makes the mind scared and confused instead of going for cheap thrills. Originally written as a novel in Japan by Koji Suzuki, Japan's answer to Stephen King, this U.S remake of the hit horror movie makes for a truly terrifying and petrifying horror that never leaves you scared or worried as to where the next fright is going to leap out from. Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Carribean) swapped his cutlass and possessed pirates yarn for a television set, a series of gruesome, but frightening murders and a supernatural girl that always succeeds in getting her target.
Rachel Keller (Watts) a reporter for a local news channel, discovers that her niece was brutually murdered while having a sleepover with her best friend, who is now in a mental hospital. Eager to discover who murdered her niece, particularly for her young son Aidan (Dorfman), who was best friends with her. Rachel also discovers that her niece watched a tape while staying the weekend with some friends. This tape was apparantly possessed and is said to kill whoever watches it seven days later. Rachel discovers the tape and watches it for herself, only to discover something beyond her imagination.
Verbinski's use of quick cuts of film while the viewer sees the material on the tape turns the scare notch up to 11. Verbinski also insists on using a gloomy, rainy setting for the film, to add tension to the film's feel. The feel goes perfectly with the terror that never stops coming out of the screen as you watch it (watch out for that). The horror of the ring is felt every time the viewer sees it and it makes you ask, is this just a film or did I really just see that happening? The use of time is also a major player in the film's developement, if you don't solve the mystry of the ring in seven days, someone will come for you. Wheater you're ready or not.