Rings (2017) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: F. Javier Gutiérrez
Starring: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki
Rated: PG-13/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available From Paramount Pictures
Julia becomes worried about her boyfriend, Holt, when he explores the dark urban legend of a mysterious video said to kill the watcher seven days after viewing. 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.
Rings comes to us as what Paramount had hoped would replace Paranormal Activity as its new yearly horror release but having now seen it I’m not sure that is what will come of it. Now don’t get wrong, I’ve aways liked The Ring. I was a big fan of the American remake that this one is a part of and I didn’t dislike part 2 that much either. So I went into Rings very excited about seeing it, but it does have a few major issues holding it back. We have no mention of Namoi Watts character from Ring 1 and 2. If you blink you can miss her name as a file on a character’s computer in the film but we never heard what happened to her and we don’t know how on earth Samara got back free and is once again haunting people who watch the video. Of course, now this is a new movie and things take a more technical turn which is a welcomed thing, but I would have liked more of an excuse to why our killer video is back into circulation other than someone has the tape and watched it. Wasn’t that tape destroyed in both the first two Ring movies? I guess with some of the directions the plot of this one goes that could be seen as the least of the films worries but any long term fans of the serious will probably get more questions out of the film than answers.
The main focus of things here is a college professor played by none other than Johnny Galecki finds the tape and then end up basically making it an extra credit thing to watch the tape and show it to someone else. A new college student named Holt sees it and when he gets weird it brings his girlfriend back home, Julia, into the mix but for some reason Samara takes a special interest in her and we spend most the movie finding that out while Julia finds out new stuff about Samra and seeks out a way to finally give her peace. Sadly, all of this happens in a way that is a bit too sluggish and it can be hard to really stay interested in what is going on at all times due to that. The finale brings some cool visuals but I think it might be too late by that time for people to make the turn around on their opinions of it. We also have some CGI issues but I won’t nitpick too much on that part of it. I’ll just say that if this movie was going to resurrect the Ring franchise I’m not sure it accomplished that. But at least it isn’t as bad as the Ring vs Grudge movie that was tossed out as us from overseas not too long ago.
– Terror Comes Full Circle
– Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing Samara Back
– Scary Scenes
– Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
Quality of Transfer: 94%