The Ring’ chimes in on a flat note this holiday season

by Kari Koehler

It’s Halloween, and we all know what that means. Yes, that’s right, an overload of horror movies will be hitting the theaters. Judging by the trailers, it’s hard to pick a good one. But I’m here to help you along the way.

I went to see “The Ring” with low expectations. I was surprised by this movie in the beginning, but slowly grew more disappointed as it went on.

The plot is simple. A high school rumor about a video, that when watched, condemns the viewer to death in seven days. The rumor proves to be true, leaving the victims’ family members stunned.

Journalist Rachel Keller, played by Naomi Watts, decides to unravel the mystery of the video that is linked to the death of her niece.

She, her ex-boyfriend, Noah, (Martin Henderson) and their son, Aiden, (David Dorfman) have all watched the movie and are racing against time to stop the deaths that the video causes.

The movie consists of a bunch of not very well known actors, which is a good choice, since the viewer can’t have expectations if they’ve never seen the actors before.

“The Ring” does have some excellent camera work. Close-ups and other skill shots really capture the fear. And the video that causes the death does seem like an artsy student film, but it grabs your attention and you try to figure out its meaning. But the good qualities end there.

The movie is very stereotypical, and steals certain elements from other box-office hit movies. There’s the sassy journalist (Watts) who will do anything to solve the mystery, which reminded me of Courtney Cox’s character in “Scream.”

There’s the little kid, played by David Dorfman, who marches to the beat of his own drum, is very odd, and senses things. Can we say “The Sixth Sense”?

Also, mostly what the movie plays is shock value. It makes you jump from being shocked more than really instilling fear in you. The fact that a video can really kill you seems unlikely. Movies that seem more attainable in real life better scare viewers. “The Shining” and “The Poltergeist” are examples of this.

The movie also relies heavily on strange and highly unlikely coincidences.

The main character (Watts) just happens to be a journalist and her ex-boyfriend works in photography, so of course it’s going to be easy to analyze the tape meticulously. So, if you’re looking for a movie that will occasionally make you jolt from your seat, then The Ring is the movie for you to see this Halloween season.

But, if you want a movie that will truly scare you, instead of making you question how it unfolds, pass on this one.