- Gore Verbinski
- Reviewed by
- José Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) just lost her niece due to some strange happenings that may be connected to a tape she watched a week before dying. As it goes, urban legend indicates that whoever watches that tape will die in seven days. Rachel is skeptical about the idea, but she takes it far more seriously once her son (David Dorfman) watches it as well. She then starts a full-blown investigation with the help of ex-boyfriend Noah (Martin Henderson).
After having watched The Ring there was no doubt in my mind that this is easily the official scare feast movie of the year. I haven’t seen anything as scary in a long time and it easily left me shaking once the credits started rolling. Director Gore Verbinsky proves to be a real revelation. He understands perfectly what tense moments and unbearable suspense are about. He plays with us, because he just never lets go. From the atmosphere to the story, this is a movie that’ll scare the shit out of you.
That said, I must also state that anyone looking for a movie that makes a lot of sense should stay away from this. Sure, Rachel gets to the bottom of things while we follow her through every lead she’s got. But when the movie’s over it’s likely you’ll still have more than a couple of unanswered questions in your mind. To tell you the truth, that didn’t bother me in the slightest. I had such a good and entertaining time that whether it made sense or not was secondary.
Naomi Watts proves she’s got what it takes to hold a movie on her shoulders. She’s really good and believable, as is Martin Henderson. Brian Cox has a small, yet memorable appearance. David Dorfman, as Naomi’s son, is spooky.
Overall, an effective thriller worth a look.
“But I do… and I’m sorry. It won’t stop.”
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