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Utterly spiritless: Rings review by Rashid Irani

The film maintains a glacial pace throughout, with false scares and artsy imagery that totally fail to scare.

movie reviews Updated: Feb 10, 2017 16:59 IST
Rashid Irani
This time around, it’s a teenager and her hunky college boyfriend who are the unsuspecting victims.
This time around, it’s a teenager and her hunky college boyfriend who are the unsuspecting victims.

RINGS

Direction: F Javier Gutierrez

Actors: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe

Rating: 0.5 / 5

It started back in 1998 with a smart Japanese supernatural thriller called Ringu. Sensing its crossover potential, Hollywood subsequently produced an English-language remake.

While the 2002 American interpretation, The Ring, was effective, its sequel, The Ring Two (2005), was a damp squib.

Hoping in vain to cash in on the original film’s allure, this redundant US threequel belatedly circulates the cursed videotape all over again.

This time around, it’s a teenager (Italian model Matilda Lutz, somnambulistic) and her hunky college boyfriend (Alex Roe) who are the unsuspecting victims. Having viewed the now-digitised VHS footage, they are marked for death within seven days.

Read: Resident Evil The Final Chapter movie review: Like being eaten to death by zombies

The original movie in 2002 was adapted from the Japanese thriller called Ringu

Following not one but two inept prologues — the script, by the way, is attributed to five writers — the duo-in-distress attempts to get to the heart of the mystery of the vengeful spirit.

Director F Javier Gutierrez maintains a glacial pace throughout. He resorts to false scares and the sort of artsy imagery that is indicative of the desperation of the enterprise.

The aim of Rings may have been to revive a long-dormant horror franchise, but the outcome is likely to be forgotten even before all the end credits have rolled.

Watch trailer for Rings here