So, remember how I said in my Resident Evil review that it was a franchise that was made as I grew up as a kid and therefore never saw the previous installments? You can add the last two Ring movies to that list too. So, sequel or remake I'm not sure, but there was a girl named Samara Morgan, who was apparently tossed down a well, but what she left behind was a video, and after you watch it the nearest phone rings, the only response being: "7 Days". Then you have that long till you die, unless you share the video with someone else. A guy named Holt who just left for college gets mixed up in this and so does his girlfriend Julia, when their professor Gabriel, goes in deeper, because he believes this video is proof of life after death. But to the chase: When Julia watched the video to help Holt, something special occurred. And maybe a very old story might bring new answers.
I think the biggest weakness of this film is it doesn't try to bring jump scares. However, sometimes the premise alone, like Don't Breathe, can terrify people. I actually think a horror movie is on point with its genre when it does that. Rings goes a different way. Instead, it's more of a mystery than an actual scare fest. And I did, for some of the time, admire that. And as much as I want to hate on this film, I can't completely pan it. I mean, a mystery with some of the parts of the story in its own way shown in the video? That's good storytelling, because it lets us guess how they'll connect.
It's just, out of all the horror films I've tried out, this one is the most boring. A horror movie that has this many moments of zero tension just makes it into a bland romance, or pretty much a movie about walking around. It picks up during the third act with mild suspense that still manages to come across as suspense.
I think what killed this film, though, was its resolution. I have yet to watch a horror movie with an ending I actually find not bad. But I actually had a very bad taste for this one because it leaves a bad taste even though pretty much the whole premise is to prevent it. It's something I didn't expect. But it's a bad something I didn't expect. This movie sets itself up for a sequel and the end result feels like one of those prequel novellas that was made after the real adventure to explain what happened before the real adventure. If a sequel comes out, I'll watch it, because the movie seemed to put all of its eggs into one basket of promise and then dropped it into the river to pick up later, only the basket was upside down. A few moments of tension and mystery I'm afraid couldn't make up for all its times it allows mind-wandering than mind-snatching.
Rings is able to tell a story, but the end result made me go, "What is the point?" Horror movies shouldn't be this throwaway.