Simply because of the way the original movie is set up, I have a hard time coming up with what a great sequel could even be. It’s because of that fact that I’m trying to review this one purely as a sequel, instead of a standalone film.
With all that being said, as a sequel, it’s pretty unimaginative. It has the usual sequence of finding out the truth behind everything to save their asses plot, which is both as unoriginal to the series as it is to horror in general. They hit the whole film with a grey scale which I always talk about hating but one of the few exceptions is in The Ring so yeah, I don’t know how to feel about that. I suppose I have to give that a pass, as it’s a nod in the right direction for paying homage and attempting to re-create that atmosphere.
I’ve heard people talk endlessly about the trash lead actress and I have to agree, she absolutely blows. She’s just an emotionless bag of meat that shouldn’t ever be cast as anyone beyond “party girl #2”. In fact, there’s no “good” acting in general but no one hurt the film in the same way she did.
So what’s good about Rings? Well, not a whole lot, I found it to be almost a shot-for-shot shitty modern day imagination of the original American remake. However, there were some really cool sequences that entertained me, even if I did sort of see them coming.
All in all, I didn’t think I felt the need to rant and rave about the shit quality of this movie, even if that’s what I ended up doing here. It’s really not terrible, it’s just pointless. It’s something that didn’t need to be made. Hollywood in general can just fuck off with these nostalgia cash grabs, we need more original films.