The third installation of the Ring movies came out on February 3 giving us more of the story of both Samara and the mysterious video that releases the evil itself.
In this one, a young woman becomes involved in the plot as her boyfriend becomes obsessed with the legend of the tape said to kill its viewer within 7 days. After sacrificing herself to save her boyfriend she finds that there is a secret hidden movie within the original movie.
Just Another Sequel
So far, the film which stars Matilda Ann Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, and Johnny Galecki has received a rating of 5.1 out of 10 from critics but a much lower rating from fans. Many are less than thrilled with what seems like a timid rendition of the first two installations.
As of now, it has a 2.9 out of 10 on Rotton Tomatoes with a 40% audience approval rating.
Unfortunately, this seems like a trend in movies lately. So many companies are milking franchises that had a good showing with the first movie for sequel after sequel. The first movie in the Ring series had a good concept, but it wasn’t really one that you could do again. It certainly isn’t anything you can do a third time, even with a “super secret hidden movie”.
The original movie (the English version, that is) had a higher rating of 7/10 on its release in 2002. Ring Two had a rating of 5/10 in 2005 showing a steady decline. Of course, the original version of this story from Japan has the highest rating of 7.3 out of 10. Ringu, in my opinion, is the best of all the “Ring” films. This could just be a personal preference on my part, though.
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