A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

film and television
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

THE RING (article first published : 2003-02-12)

There’s this urban legend, see? It involves a seconds-long video tape. And anyone who watches its creepy, black and white images is doomed.

Why? Because almost immediately after watching it, a phone will ring and a child's voice will let the tape-watcher know he or she has exactly seven days left to live.

That's the plot premise of this atmospheric new horror-thriller which, if perhaps just a little too convoluted for its own good, has some great edgy moments, a few neat surprises and a false ending which, if puzzling, clearly paves the way for an inevitable sequel.

The video tape story becomes more than just an urban legend after a teen girl from Seattle, her secret boyfriend and two of their friends die seven days to the minute after watching the tape at a secluded forest resort.

The girl's journalist aunt, Rachel (Naomi Watts), discovers these facts when she probes the sudden, unexplained death of her niece - a move prompted by the fact that her independent, six-year-old son (David Dorfman) created disturbing, prophetic drawings of his cousin's death.

It isn't long before Rachel, too, watches the video and has exactly a week to solve its mystery or find herself pushing up daisies. Her quest leads her into the world of the supernatural as she visits a cold, creepy, misty island, unveils clues linked to a woman fanatical about horses and eventually pieces together clues leading to exposure of a young girl's horrific death.

The film, which cleverly dishes up many recurring images from the video in Rachel's reality, is a remake of a cult Japanese film from 1998.

It has to be admitted that the American version becomes increasingly silly and speckled with plot-holes, but it is strong on atmosphere, makes for compelling entertainment and should go down well at the local box-office – 7/10. – Billy Suter.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart