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Worst betrayal since Alien 3!,
This review is from: Ring 0 [DVD]  (DVD)This prequel to the masterful Ring & Ring 2 is a missed opportunity of quite Herculean proportion.
The prospect of discovering the full backstory of the terrifying apparition, Sadako, has gotta be a must for fans of the first two movies, no?
No. Instead of the intelligent, surreal/gothic horror masterpiece I was expecting, we are fed a large dose of Carrie, mixed up with a topping of Stephen King's the Dark Half, and a garnish of generic teen slasher movies for good measure.
Yes, after the unique Japanese stylings and surreality of the first two movies, Ring O dredges up just about every American horror movie cliche of the last twenty years. The doomed love story, the nine little indians plotline, the gaping plot holes (what the hell is that journalist's problem anyway? Why now?)
Despite the fact that the script was allegedly contributed to by the original novelist, I simply could not believe Sadako as the painfully soppy Carrie-lite figure she is betrayed as here. The 'laying-on hands' scenes have to be seen to be believed, truly unwarranted except for allowing a lame plot twist near the end.
The direction is plodding, and the best thing I can say about this movie is that the performances are universally excellent.
The biggest sin of all, though, is that the tidbits of Sadako's origin that we have been fed over the previous movies are barely touched on till the end, when we finally meet Sadako's father and even then the revelations fall flat and deflate expectations.
2 points just for the acting and Sadako's final appearance as we know and love her (in the final ten minutes only, folks!)