The Ruins [DVD]
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A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist embark on a rem ote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins.
Whether you consider plants a source of terror or not will ultimately determine how you feel about the grisly horror movie The Ruins, but director Carter Smith and his cast and crew certainly give their all in bringing the chills of Scott Smith's novel to the big screen. Jena Malone (Saved) and Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men franchise) are the name actors in a pair of American couples down Mexico way who are ambushed by hostile Mayans and forced to the top of an ancient temple, where a monstrous and diabolically clever entity awaits them. Director Smith and his talented crew (which includes cinematographer Darius Khondji of Se7en fame and composer Graeme Revell) create a visually impressive spookshow but can't quite deliver genuine suspense (gore, however, is handled capably), and Scott Smith's script boils away much of the character development and mounting terror in his book, which also strands the likeable cast. The movie's monster, so alarming and imaginative in the original novel, is likely to provoke as many laughs as screams from filmgoers, especially when it reveals its unique talent. --Paul GaitaSee all Product description
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She's right, it is stupid, but I still love it
It's pretty creepy, good fun and the main guy was in an episode of CSI - murdered his parents with carbon monoxide so he could go to college instead of looking after their shop. He doesn't do that in this film.
The group soon discover why they are being 'quarantined' on the temple and the terrible realisation of all those unusual creeping vines everywhere.
Some quite gory bits of surgery ensue followed by insanity and more blood letting. Worth sticking with as it gets much better towards the end though the actual ending itself was unremarkable (preferred the alternative ending myself) Not bad viewing if you can catch it on an obscure satellite channel. Some daft bits and is a film that doesn't bow to logic or consistency either. A few extras that look interesting and may propel this into worthy of a punt if it can be picked up cheaply.
Overall good in parts not so good in others. 6 out of 10.
It IS basically a B movie, but a very different one. Very good work on acting, camera, sound, directing,...and a script that takes by surprise (although inread the book beforehand).
Its very noticable that there were experienced people involved.
The technical quality of the bluray is flawless. Very sharp and colorful picture and a very 'surrounding' sound.
Since its a rather quiet (but intense) movie there are no pumping basses or screaming explosions....but kore of 'immersion'
I am very glad i bought the UK-BD instead of setteling with the german DVD.
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