The Ring 2


Directed by: Hideo Nakata
Written by:Ehren Kruger
Starring: Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, David Dorfman, Elizabeth Perkins, Gary Cole, Sissy Spacek
Released: March 24, 2005
Grade: C

Can someone please explain to me what this film was all about?  It had scary music.  It looked dark and creepy.  It had scenes designed to have the audience jump out of their seat.  Yet I have no idea what was going on.

I enjoyed the The Ring which helped launch the international career of Australian Naomi Watts.  I know many others enjoyed the film also as it was popular at the box-office.  If you’re expecting the same level of intrigue and excitement then you can think again.  In no way does think sequel match the original.

To quickly cover the wafer-thin storyline, Rachel Keller (Watts) and her son Aidan (Dorfman) have escaped their past horrors to rebuild their lives in a quiet American town.  Their happiness is short-lived when the journalist Rachel learns that a 17-year-old boy was killed exactly 7 days after watching a video tape.  It’s happening all over again.  This time though, the ghost behind the tape has more plans.  Looking for a new body to inhabit, the mysterious girl thinks Aidan is perfect.

I’ve been very disappointed with the thrillers of late emanating from the U.S.  They are trying to be too tricky for their own good.  We can’t always see films as original and stylish as The Sixth Sense but please, can you please start making films which are plausible and follow conventional logic?

There was a hushed silence at the end of my screening.  I remember someone saying “right, now let’s go drinking”.  Probably not a bad idea since it’s a great opportunity to leave behind any memory of The Ring 2