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The Ring Two
Release Date: March 18th, 2005 (wide)
Length: 1 Hr. 51 Min.
Rated: PG-13 for violence/terror, disturbing images, thematic elements, and some language
Distributor: DreamWorks SKG
Starring: Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, David Dorfman, Elizabeth Perkins, Gary Cole, Sissy Spacek, Ryan Merriman, Emily Van Camp, Kelly Overton, James Lesure, Daveigh Chase, Kelly Stables

Directed by: Hideo Nakata
Produced by: Barry Kemp, Laurie MacDonald, Walter Parkes
Written by: Ehren Kruger, Koji Suzuki

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Review

Reviewed by Scott Jeffries
Reviewer Rating:


ZERO OFF-A- RING:

I don’t think I will ever forget the Ring or the original Japanese version. The movie haunted me for seven days and I actually shifted my TV out of my room. I lived in constant panic and when 7 days were up, I was near convinced that I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Such was the terror invoked in me. I daresay, very few movies are made so well in this genre and it is one of the best horror films ever made.

So, when Ring 2 was released, I vowed to myself I would not watch it. I am a good person, I don’t need to pay and be tortured. As it is, Samara was haunting my nights. But like a moth is drawn to the light, I had to watch the movie. I am really glad I did because the spell broke and now I can sleep peacefully with the TV in my bedroom.

The sequel to the spine chiller could not have been more off the mark- it actually cures your fears. The worst part about the first movie was that she had no motive to kill. Sure, she had a bad childhood, but Samara continued killing post receiving justice too. It was pure evil and that’s what freaks you out.

In the sequel, she comes back to haunt Rachel (Naomi Watts) and Aidan (David Dorfman) once again. This time for motherly love. Yes, I know. What!?! Isn’t she evil? Guess even evil needs a mom.

Rachel and Aidan move far away to a quaint little town where no one knows them and vice versa. They do all this to escape Samara. Just as they are beginning to settle into their new lives, she’s back! Yet again, a young boy mysteriously meets his death in the small town and his girlfriend, who was with him, is too traumatized to speak. Rachel knows that Samara is back. Oh yeah, the evil girl is also haunting Aidan in his dreams.

Soon their house develops water leakage and it start again. But this time, Samara wants a make over and she chooses to be Aidan-because of his pretty and attentive mom. How sweet…but Rachel does not think so. Desperate to go to any lengths to save her son, she agrees to go with Samara and finds herself in the well. She tries scrambling out and is doing a good job. Only, half way up, she turns to see the child of Satan coming after her like there is no tomorrow. As the cat and mouse game goes on, Rachel gets the first prize and seals the well - forever.

They really screwed it up. The other characters are not even worth mentioning and the new “I want mom!” angle does not work for the movie. At all. The story line is skewed and there are giant loopholes in the script. The dialogues, oh lord! So clichéd and predictable-I could cry. The only emotion that Rachel is permitted to share with her son is worried looks. A major kill of The Ring.

Hey, but I’m happy. The ticket money was worth getting rid of my paranoia.

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