Review: The Ring (USA 2002)


Finally watched the American remake after all these years and … not overly impressed. I’ve had people argue to me that it’s better than the original but I don’t see it. Seemed largely an adequate copy with some minor cultural changes, except the remake was weaker in two very important regards. First, the film shows way too much of Sadako/Samara, weakening the impact of the final attack (the scene that MAKES this film and franchise). Second, the finale is left non-specific in a way that weakens the horror of what the protagonists will have to do to survive.

Am I missing something? What is it in this that folks see as better than the Nakata original (not being facetious, genuinely curious)?

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