#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son’s and her own life.
Plot: It sounded like just another urban legend: A videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, until four teenagers all met with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video… and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery of the Ring.
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scary, thoughtful and satisfying which is fine with me
These last years, apart from the rendering of popular comic strips and the adaptation of TV series for the big screen, American cinema feels a vivacious interest for Oriental culture, especially the Japanese one. Quentin Tarantino’s violent and hollow “Kill Bill” (2003/2004) was supposed to be an homage to the samurai movie (but I’m not a Tarantino buff by a long shot). In the derivative “the Last Samurai” (2003), Tom Cruise discovered the secrets and treasures of Japanese civilization while Sofia Coppola used the city of Tokyo as the backdrop for her triumphant “Lost in Translation” (2003). Gore Verbinski chose a more direct and easy way to get interested in Japanese culture: to make a remake of a Japanese movie which became a sleeper: “Ringu” (1998). Against all odds, he made a killing with it although he’s an uneven director. “Mousehunt” (1997) was a formulaic but enjoyable comedy but “the Mexican” (2001) was a lame movie. Some friends had told me: “don’t watch “the Ring”, it’s a hokey movie”. I think they misjudged it and I found this supernatural thriller quite intriguing and gripping. It has enough commendable stuff in store to grab the audience. I haven’t seen the original movie and so I will avoid any comparison.
The starting point promises great things and Verbinski will deliver them throughout his flick. The main character, Rachel wants to investigate about a mysterious and cursed videotape which causes the death of the viewer seven days after the latter watched it. What do these outlandish and eerie images mean? What lies beneath them? At her own risk, she and her son watch the video. She has one week to find out the meaning and the omen of the video. “The Ring” could well illustrate this famous premise: “to understand evil, we’ve got to go back to the sources…”.
What distinguishes “the Ring” from other horror stuff of these last years is that there’s a solid scenario which holds water until the very last minutes of Rachel’s adventure and shelves quite an important number of formulaic ingredients. Special effects which have seemed to become the backbone for many horror flicks are used only when necessary and without flashy effects. Still better, Verbinski shows respect for the audience by clarifying as much as possible obscure points of the story. On an unhurried pace, Verbinski takes all his time to film Rachel’s investigation. His directing is also worth the price of admission. It is well-crafted and set with clockwork precision for the schedule of spooky moments. Besides, what is notable in “the Ring” is that Verbinski delays as much as possible chilling sequences to better play with the viewer’s nerves. This entails an unsettling aura which helps to convey a latent tension. Lighting and makeup shouldn’t also be forgotten.
The thrust of “the Ring” isn’t only to entertain and to make shiver. It is also doubled by a reflexion on the power of the image. One of the images of the film depicts a woman in front of a mirror looking at the camera. So, she’s also looking at the viewer. This is unhealthy voyeurism that the movie denounces like the insensible media which expose to the mainstream, woes and sorrows of the victims and so manipulate the viewers’ fears. The sequence during which Ann Morgan’s husband is incensed by Rachel’s will to learn more about Samara rings thoroughly true. Moreover, these seemingly maladjusted images embody symbols: the chair and the lighthouse illustrate loneliness, the figure at the window (a hint at “Psycho”?, 1960) might symbolize parental severity.
That said, Verbinski’s genteel piece of work isn’t exempted of drawbacks. Rachel’s little boy is a cardboard character, a vague cousin of Haley Joel Osment in “the Sixth Sense” (1999). When Samara gets out of the well and the screen to kill Rachel’s companion, it’s nearly Punch and Judy and the first sequence with the two female students in their twenties something, all alone in a house in which strange phenomena and false alarms occur… well, you get the picture. But they’re minor quibble and don’t overflow too much on the thrill of the vision.
I repeat it: I haven’t seen the Japanese ambassador but when a remake is able both to scare with reserve, without flashy special effects and to make the viewer think about what he watches, it can be gratifying. And in the case of “the Ring”, rightly so…
A sequel “the Ring 2” opened last year. Is it worthwhile?
I absolutely love this movie
The Ring remains to this day one of the creepiest movies I have ever seen. It is not particularly violent, like all those cruddy (and the occasionally decent) slasher film. But honestly, is there anyone who doesn’t get a chill running down their spines when they show those dead bodies with the gray skin and hollowed out eyes staring out at nothing. This movie honestly gave me a nightmare the night after I watched it.
And that videotape. With its odd, seemingly random images flashing across the screen. I remember distinctly the falling chair, a ladder leaning against a wall, a tree standing isolated in the middle of an empty feel. These images by themselves wouldn’t be able to generate anything remotely resembling fear, but it’s not the images. It’s the relative calm and oddity of these pictures that leads to a feeling of unrest, a feeling that something more sinister is lurking just out of sight.
This is Gore Verbinski’s best movie. Period. I liked all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies a lot, too, but none of them come remotely close to achieving the upper echelons of their respective genres, as the Ring did, at least in my opinion. And honestly,perhaps most terrifying of all…is just seeing-her. With the long dark hair hanging ominously over her face, so no expression is visible.
This movie is relentless. Something is always waiting in the dark, around the next turn. And then just when you think it’s over…the movie hits full throttle. The pacing starts off quickly, and just continues to pick up speed. The Ring is the definition of the phrase “Never a dull moment.”
This is another movie to watch alone, in the dark, just like Alien. The difference-once Alien is over, you can say the terror was long in the future, on an isolated spaceship. The Ring is here and now. And with nothing stopping her, that cold-hearted terror, it seems just within the realm of possibility that she is coming up behind you now, as you read this, about to strike…
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min)
Genre Horror, Mystery
Director Gore Verbinski
Writer Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)
Actors Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox
Awards 14 wins & 12 nominations.
Production Company DreamWorks SKG
Sound Mix SDDS, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4, Zeiss Super Speed and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Cooke S4, Zeiss Super Speed and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,150 m (Switzerland)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 200T 5293)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)