The Bottom Line
I found "The Ring" to be sometimes creepy, but I would have been more horrified if the characters had been developed enough to draw me in fully.
- Evocative visual style
- High production values
- Has truly creepy moments
- Sense of horror not sustained throughout
- Movie seems about 20 minutes too long
- Character development could have been stronger
- DVD containing English-language horror movie "The Ring" (2002)
- Movie stars Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive)
- DVD contains a good short film, but only other extras are trailers
- Excellent picture quality
- Excellent sound quality
Guide Review - "The Ring" DVD Review
The premise of the story in "The Ring" is that if you watch a certain mysterious videotape, the telephone will ring, and you will die seven days later. After some teenagers watch a videotape and die, a journalist named Rachel (Naomi Watts) decides to look into the matter. She watches the tape, sees frightening images, and then spooky things begin to happen. Fearing she has only seven days to live, Rachel struggles to figure out what is going on. I found "The Ring" to be sometimes creepy, but I would have been more horrified if the characters had been developed enough to draw me in fully. I loved the evocative cinematography, but the strength of the story was not enough to sustain tension throughout the nearly two-hour film.