Dave’s 3-Word Review:
What a mess.
I remember back in 2002, there were still movies made on VHS tapes for mass production. Sure, there were DVDs, but VHS were still out there just as much…it’s kind of how DVD and Blu-Ray is now. So it was really neat when The Ring first came out, because you could buy the movie about the deadly VHS tape…on VHS. Anyways, the first film in this franchise was really interesting, had a great concept, and unfortunately for this film, a conclusive finale. The Ring Two tried very hard to be another Ring film, but man oh man is that NOT what this film is.
After word comes up that another mysterious death shows up in Rachel’s (Naomi Watts) town, she sets out to investigate the cause of this death. It would seem that it was another death tape, a copy of the tape she experienced in the first film. Well, she immediately destroys the tape, and that should have been the end of the movie, but then Samara realizes Rachel is back, and Samara is ready for her to be her new mommy. Yes. Every hope of the movie being a success was shattered within the first ten minutes. So Rachel must try to stop Aiden (David Dorfman) from being possessed by Samara, because if that happens, Rachel may have to do the unthinkable to stop that evil TV-crawling girl.
Where oh where did this film go wrong…lots of places, the real question is where to start. Let’s start with the first film. Samara should have absolutely no beef with Rachel or Aiden. In the first film, they were the only people to actually respect her life and give her the piece that she needed by listening to her, otherwise known as making a copy of the tape. They shouldn’t even be on the radar, so when Rachel has a vision of Samara saying, “I found you”, you have to ask yourself…what? Ladies and gentleman, this is not The Ring…I’m not exactly sure what to call it, but it’s not The Ring. It has the same characters battling another unseen force, and the biggest problem is that it tries to play it off as the same thing…but it obviously isn’t. Anyone that watches this movie can tell that it’s more of a showy, supernatural horror film. Maybe an exorcist film. I understand the point they are trying to make: Samara is back, and is coming back for Rachel. It just makes no logical sense as to why she would want Rachel to be her mommy.
This series doesn’t take rocket science to understand, you watch the tape you die…unless you make a copy. The beauty of the first film is that it took seven days of nonstop investigation to figure that out…the thing is we already knew that, so they can’t just have the main characters copy the tape again. They had to get a different threat, I get that, but this film did not need a sequel. The only way this film could have been a success is if they didn’t try to play it off as the same threat twice. Instead, keep the characters and change the plot completely. The characters and the investigation part are awesome…just not Samara again…that only works once.
The visuals in the film definitely stepped up a notch from the first film. That’s not saying much because the first one didn’t need to look fancy…it just kept things simple yet effective. This time around they sported tons of nice-looking CGI scenes. Well…for the most part, the stuff with the water looks gorgeous, the CGI deer attack was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. Take that as you will.
The Ring Two had the façade of a Ring film, but too much details that an audience just isn’t going to believe, making this film rather corny and over-the-top. Definitely skip out on this one, folks.