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by Todd Pearage

Rings (5/2/2017)


Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, thematic elements, some sexuality and brief drug material.

Starring Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio

Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez


Todd's Rating: Rental

Dynamic ImageNot as scary as the original, but an interesting storyline.

A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

I’m not afraid to admit the first Ring film freaked me out a little bit. I can still remember almost crying with Samara climbed through the TV when I thought we were heading to a happy ending. So when my wife (who loves horror movies) and I heard a squeal was coming we were excited and a little nervous that it would not live up to the original.

But with an updated version of “the film”…yes the deadly video is now digital, and a pretty decent storyline, I think Rings will keep fans happy.

There are a few “jump scares” but mostly it’s that super creeper girl crawling out of a well. And I will say that there are some pretty disturbing images and themes in the film.

I kept thinking the cast was pretty solid and then Vincent D’Onofrio showed up. He delivers a really strong performance…and yes a very creepy performance as well.

This is not a film I would recommend to everyone, but if you are a fan of this kind of horror film, I would say it’s a "Rental."


SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
The film is fairly clean as far as language and nudity/sex, but the scary, violent and disturbing images are definitely not for kids.


CONVERSATION STARTER:
  1. In the film, how is someone spared from the curse?

  2. How is the curse passed on to others?

  3. In the film a system is created and this almost becomes a game, but have you ever initially done something that you know would cause someone else pain or discomfort?

  4. READ Romans 12:10

      Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

  5. Instead of hurting others, how can we show genuine brotherly affection?




Todd Pearage Todd Pearage is a movie buff at heart, but he's not your traditional film critic. Todd is a blue collar film geek, from his job years ago at Blockbuster to his heartfelt online movie reviews. But Todd isn't just a film geek. He has worked with middle and high school students since 1991 as a youth pastor and is currently on staff at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Todd and his wife Lynda have three children, Brianna, Caleb and Addyson.



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