Movie Review: “RINGS”- A Vague Horror/Thriller Movie

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Rings is a 2017 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez, written by David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes and Akiva Goldsman and starring Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio. It is the third film in The Ring series. The film takes place thirteen years after the events of the 2002 film. The Rings centers on a young woman, Julia (Matilda Lutz), who becomes worried about her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a movie within the movie that no one has ever seen before.

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The mysterious tape contains some weird graphics and a young girl, who according to the movie was a priest daughter. She was killed by her father, the priest by drowning in a well because she was possessed by a sort of evil spirit. Following her death, the priest didn’t give a proper burial and was placed In between wooden walls. According to the movie, her spirit started making people watch a video, then they receive a phone call, with a voice, saying “seven days”, and then they die after seven days. In order to prevent death, the person must make a copy of the video and make someone else watch in order transfer the death sentence to another.

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The first question is who recorded the tape, which this spirit was using as a means to kill people? The movie didn’t explain this; a tape just came out from nowhere and started killing people or did the dead body made the tape? Also, when the spirit wants to kill these people, she always comes out of the TV a very awkward manner. Also, the spirit left where she was killed and went to another city, in a school, to start killing students, which is vague and unclear. Even the relationship between the spirit and her dad, the priest when she was alive was unclear, as it was not well portrayed why she was possessed. The vision Julia saw about the death of young girl (the spirit) was that a woman drowned her in a well, but later towards the end of the movie, the priest said he killed her. This is very confusing.

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Talking about the professor who watched the tape first in the school, he claimed that the video is related to an after life event and his neurological research, these does not even connect with each other, no mention of it later in the movie (his research was useless). Holt’s friends in school in the beginning of the whole saga, appeared as if they knew what was going on, like they worked for the professor, but their role was very unclear and of no use in the movie.

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It is also unclear why the mark the spirit gave Julia was different from others, and why Julia was the only person seeing visions among the victims, what is so special about her? This remain a mystery. And later even after when Julia freed the spirit and her soul properly laid, the spirit still didn’t stop and the video began to spread rapidly. The whole search of Julia and Holt is then meaningless, as the solution to stop the spirit wasn’t the solution. This mean the priest or someone else did the right thing killing the young girl (spirit) at first, but now Julia has unleashed it. The reason and the source of the whole spirit event is also vague and unclear. I think you just have to pretend you know what’s going on in the movie in order to enjoy the movie.

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Also, the first lady who the killed, which was the professors girl friend has a lot of rings on her finger when she died, but this didn’t have any meaning in the movie, nothing about it. The story should include something about these rings, it should mean something. The movie doesn’t follow the title, Rings at all, it should be title something like ‘Wells’ or ‘Drowned Spirit’ or even maybe ‘Television Spirit’, as the spirit is always working with television.

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The Rings movie soundtrack was great and the story-line can be made better on a sequel if the director see things from realistic and other perspective. Generally, the movie started on a very good note, but became sour towards the ending. Several things are missing in the movie. I guess that is why it did not turn out to be a popular hit movie like other thriller/horror movies released in 2017.

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