In this third installment in the horror franchise, a young woman tries to save her boyfriend from a haunted video that kills people seven days after they watch it. However, she soon discovers that the video's secrets go far deeper than anyone has ever suspected. Matilda Lutz, Vincent D'Onofrio, Johnny Galecki, Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Alex Roe, and Bonnie Morgan star. Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi
Genres: Drama, Horror
Director F. Javier Gutierrez
Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Alex Roe, Zach Roerig, Bonnie Morgan, Vincent D'Onofrio
Release Date: Feb 03, 2017
Rated PG-13 for thematic Elements, Some Sexuality, Brief Drug Material and Violence/Terror
Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.
The horror genre is littered with massive valleys and huge peaks in terms of quality. The original Ring film was an impressive piece of filmmaking and one of my favorite horror films of all time. Sadly, after that a lesser sequel followed and the franchise seemingly died off. Rings is an ill conceived attempt to restart the series. F. Javier Gutierrez borrows heavily from Gore Verbinski’s visual style which creates an effectively moody look. Unfortunately there’s not much else to the film since the story decides to sideline Samara for the better part of the film. Instead we’re treated to another origin story which isn’t nearly as interesting as it was the first two times we’ve seen it. Making matters worst is the cast that’s made up of uncharismatic leads. It’s hard to tell if the actors are just bad or if the direction has to do something with it because even name actors like Johnny Galecki and Vincent D’Onofrio deliver incredibly stiff and uninspired performances. Sadly, we are left with nothing more than a boring slog of a film that doesn’t even offer cheap scares to keep you awake.