Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A dog's purpose is directed by Lasse Hallstrom and stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, K. J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz, and Peggy Lipton. The plot of the movie is a dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Going into this movie I wasn't sure what to think. The trailers for it were decent. I had heard about the boycott which made me more intrigued to see it. I thought this movie was just OK nothing special. Josh Gad was a good choice to voice the dog. The part I enjoyed most was when the dog is with Ethan as a teenager and eventually he meets Hannah. That part had some nice moments and I think both K. J. Apa who plays Ethan and Britt Robertson who plays Hannah did great in their roles. I did also enjoy at the end when the dog is reunited with the older version of Ethan, though it did feel like a Hallmark movie at times. Really I wish this movie was just about the dog and Ethan and Hannah. The other lives that the dog got I didn't care about at all. None of the actors in those scenes did a great job I felt and I was sort of getting bored. If they had cut out the other stories and just stuck with the dog and Ethan I would have loved this movie. So I would recommend this movie, but only if you have nothing else to do. 3 out of 5 stars for A dog's purpose. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay and stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes. The plot of the movie is Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals in Gotham City but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted. I was really looking forward to this movie after reading so many good reviews for it. Also, I am a big Batman fan. After having watched the movie I don't understand all the praise this movie is getting. I found it to be very disappointing. The humor in this movie is terrible. There were some jokes that worked, but for the most part, it felt like all of the jokes in this movie were for kids, unlike other animated movies that realize they have to entertain the adults as well. Will Arnett was fine as the voices of Batman he didn't do anything that I thought was funny, but he wasn't annoying. When they made jokes about the previous Batman Movies I did find those funny because as I stated before I've been a fan of this character for a long time. So it was cool to see a movie that understood what to make fun of when it comes to Batman. If you're like me and hate pop culture references in movies this movie will annoy the hell out of you because there is a lot. Also, this movie has the most annoying version of Robin that we have ever gotten and that character is where a lot of the stupid humor comes from. I did like what they did with the Joker he just wants Batman to admit that Batman loves to fight him and Batman needs him to make him feel complete and Batman can't do that and what they do with that is funny that was one of my favorite parts of the movie. 2 out of 5 stars for The Lego Batman Movie. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Rings is directed by Javier Gutierrez and stars Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D'Onofrio. The plot of the movie is a young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in 7 days. I thought this movie was going to be complete shit. It had some pretty dumb trailers plus it was originally going to come out last October and then they decided to push it back. The only thing that really piqued my interest in this film was the intrigue of what would happen if the cured video somehow got online and became a viral video. This film is watchable, but it does have a lot of problems. One big problem is this movie doesn't even know what it wants to be at times. This isn't a spoiler they released the first three minutes of this movie online and it shows this airplane scene and it has a Final Destination feel to it. When every screen on this plane started playing The Ring video I thought to myself they've gone too far. Like I pointed out this movie has no idea what it wants to be at one point it turns into some terrible college romance crap that belongs on the Hallmark Channel. The main actress wasn't that bad she was certainly better than the other college kids in the film who all gave very wooden performances and it looked like they didn't even want to be in this movie. Johnny Galecki plays a college professor who starts up a very odd experiment after watching the tape himself. He gets college students to watch the tape which is now online and that could have been interesting, but it gets to complected. This film does delve into the history of Samara. It gives a little bit more of her backstory and reveals some new information. One of the most iconic things about The Ring was the video. In this film they show that video probably about 90 times throughout the movie it's shown on people's phones, on computer monitors, they project it up on walls and you see it on TV. After you see the same thing about 90 times it isn't terrifying like it used to be. Another very big problem with Rings is that it tries so hard to set itself up for a sequel that it almost ruins itself in the process. This movie shuffles the continuity of the past films. The events of The Ring Two never happened which I should be thankful for because if you read my review of that movie you know that I really don't like it. There are some interesting ideas here like the cult, but that gets to complected and the film has no idea what it wants to be. 2 out of 5 stars for Rings. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
The Ring two is directed by Hideo Nakata and stars Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, David Dorfman, and Sissy Spacek. The plot of the movie is six months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness. Just like my review of The Ring this review will have spoilers so watch the film first. The Ring was a pretty successful film and it practically ignited the remake of the Japanese horror crazy, but with success there comes pressure for a sequel even when it's not necessary. They did try to make the sequel a success even getting the director of the original Japanese film. So why is this film so disappointing let's find out. The film opens with a teenage boy and girl alone in the guys' house and he's noticeably anxious over the time for some reason. He tells her that he has something to show her an incredibly scary movie. You can see where this is going and it's not to set a romantic mood. He's pretty damn insisted that she watch it. He leaves her with the tape kissing her to persuade her further. While in the kitchen he's desperately pacing watching the clock. He shouts for her to play it and that's when he hears the tape playing. He gets a phone call from someone congratulating him on surviving and managing to get someone to watch his tape. He sees water coming from under the door and knows there's something wrong. When he goes to investigate it's revealed that the girl played the tape, but covered her eyes so she didn't actually watch it so now the guys gonna die. As the guy approaches the TV he gets drawn in as Samara climbs out of the well and kills him. That death scene pales in comparison to the death scenes in the first film. Why the hell was the image of the well different to the image in the first film that's just a bizarre and pointless change that didn't need to happen just reuse the footage. The deaths in the first film were shocking because we didn't know what to expect and we actually cared about the people dying. Who cares about this guy when all we've seen him do is manipulate and lie to save his own skin. so all in all a terrible opening. The film picks back up after that nonsense with the main plot which will get just as nonsensical. Rachel and Aidan have moved out of the city into a small town to get away from everything to do with the tape. They sit down to dinner with Rachel looking at Aiden's photographs because he's taken up photography like his father. Rachel complains that he's always calling her by her name and not something like mom which will be an impotent and very stupid plot point later. Later Rachel's at her new newspaper job speaking with her boss. He's complaining that she changed his lead article and she changed it because it was wrong. So he's an idiot basically. Just before she leaves the office she hears the news of the kid at the start who died. Rachel recognizes elements of the story like the kid's distorted face and being found in front of the TV. She goes to investigate finding the place tapped off by police. That obviously doesn't stop her and she gets into the ambulance to inspect the body. Upon opening the body bag she does indeed find the kid was another victim of the tape. As she tries to close the body bag Samara pops up and grabs her saying that she's found her. I assume that Samara can manifest herself so easily now because Rachel let her out of the well, however, the main problem with that is that The Ring sequel isn't like The Ring at all and a perfect example of that is that the tape never gets played again. Rachel goes back to the house when it's quiet to search for the tape. Once she finds the tape she drives to the middle of nowhere to burn it and for some reason when she burns the tape the tape screams. So there goes the cursed tape from a ring movie in a completely uninteresting way. Back with Aidan in bed, a sound wakes him up and he goes to see what it was going to the TV. The TV is on static and he tries to turn it off but nothing happens. As he gets closer the TV turns to the crappy well and water starts flooding the room with Samara approaching the screen and when she gets to it she grabs him and tries to pull him in, but it turns out that was all a nightmare. The first movie did something similar and I didn't have a problem with it because it was well done here it's just cheap and the first of many reasons why this film is more of a generic ghost story movie rather than The Ring. Later that day Rachel and Aidan go to a local fare Rachel looks around while Aidan takes photographs and it's all very dull because nothing happens this is not atmosphere building it's just filler. Rachel finds a lot of videotapes looking weary at an unmarked case and then her boss shows up to do some flirting and snooping on Rachel asking why she's moved to the town. She loses sight of Aidan as he goes into the public bathroom with the toilets backing up. Aidan tries washing his hands, but the faucet doesn't work and then a fly comes out. Eventually, Aidan sees in the mirror that Samara has appeared behind him as she floats towards him. OK first that's not the original Samara and it's really noticeable, but also the floating across the floor thing looked really silly what happened to the way she moved before that was far more creepy and unnatural to me. Rachel finds Aidan in the bathroom constantly taking pictures and he's also freezing cold. She really doesn't think much of it although she should. As they drive back home Rachel asks about his nightmare and if Samara was there his silence pretty much says it all. Rachel is forced to slam on the brakes as a deer walks into the road all the while Aidan is shouting not to stop the car. The horribly CGI deer attacks the car smashing the windows. It's a clear attempt to one-up the horse going crazy thing in the first movie that doesn't really work because the horse was real. Rachel manages to drive off, but not before another deer runs into the front of the car. She stops again as load more CGI crap surround the car. When they get home Rachel calls a doctor while Aidan sleeps, but as he does the lights in his room start going crazy. This is poltergeist nonsense that feels nothing like the psychological horror of The Ring anymore especially when all the appliances in the kitchen start going crazy too. Rachel runs upstairs to Aidan finding the window open but also finding Samara scratching at the wall which is quite a creepy visual. When Rachel tries to get Aidan out of bed he's actually standing in Samara's place. As he turns around the wall starts to burn forming the image of the tree from the first movie with Aidan saying that he made it because he saw the image in his mind. So now Rachel decides to take her son to work I guess it takes your sick and haunted child to work day. I really don't understand why that was her first choice. Aiden tells Rachel that Samara can't hear people when they sleep which will be another plot point later. Rachel's boss comes in than he takes her and Aidan to his place. They run a bath for Aidan, but he's afraid to get into the water and that's because Samara is afraid of water. That's news to me because she sure as hell enjoys using water a lot. She doesn't seem like a person afraid of the stuff. It's almost like they made that up for this stupid movie or something. Rachel goes back home to get some things and she finds Aidan's camera and looking through the photos she finds the ones discovering Samara is in them. Which finally cements the idea in Rachel's head that what's going on is her doing. Back with Aidan Rachel's boss is looking after him and doing what he does best snooping on the phone with the police about Rachel. His conversation is cut short when the bathroom door closes and is locked with Aidan inside and water starts running from under the door. Rachel returns asking Aiden to open the door with it starting to leak water. As the door opens Rachel sees all the water in the tub is flying out and she can see that Samara is holding Aiden. When Rachel tries to talk to him all the waterfalls drenching the place. Rachel tries to get Aidan out of the tub, but Samara pops up instead in exactly same way someone who's afraid of water wouldn't. Rachel starts drowning Samara, but her boss comes in to get the wrong idea as he sees Rachel drowning Aiden and suspects child abuse because Aidan keeps asking why she's doing this to him with the guy thinking he's talking about Rachel. We then move to a hospital where Aiden's been taken. Rachel gets told about Aidan's condition they think Rachel's hurt him on purpose. While getting coffee Rachel's boss continues his line of questioning asking her what the whole story is. This movie is turning into a daytime soap I guess I should be glad for all the poltergeist shit it breaks up the monotony of this crap. Rachel tries showing the guy the pictures Aidan took of Samara and she tells him her whole story. He obviously doesn't believe it. Rachel says Samara wants to be Aiden and she tells him to take his picture again for proof. Which I'm sure won't sound like crazy talk at all. Rachel's with Aidan talking to him as he grabs her arm and she gets a vision After the vision a woman from social services appears to ask some questions of Rachel. She's there to see if what's happening is indeed child abuse and when Rachel doesn't cooperate the woman tells her she's not to be alone with him. Rachel tells Samara that she won't be staying before leaving the room. The stuff with the Social Services although makes sense in the context of what's happening to Aidan in the whole scheme of things and the plot of the film it doesn't have that much of an impact though. It just happens in the middle of the movie and then the film moves on. It's becoming painfully obvious that the filmmakers had a simple plot outline that they had no idea how to extend into a cohesive narrative. So continuing with this disjointed mess Rachel has decided to look further into Samara's history going to the adoption office to see if they can tell her anything, but they won't give her any information. Rachel goes all the way back to Moscow Island and to the Morgan ranch to investigate. This is just retracing the steps the last film took with little reason. The house is being sold and it's open to the public as she's greeted by the realtor. The house is empty now and Rachel asks about furniture which the guy tells her is in the basement. Rachel goes into the basement looking for some kind of clue. She finds an old suitcase that has Samara's stuff from the orphanage and also a book that has for Samara written on it. Which would make me think that it's a book of photos or something nice for a child to read, but it contains news clippings of how her mother tried to drown her and strange images of suicide and anatomy. Back at the hospital, the Social Services doctor comes in to talk to Aidan. Aidan asks for his mommy indicating he's now fully possessed by Samara. I told you it was a stupid plot point. Aidan or Samara keeps asking to go home. Saying that Rachel loves him/her because she found her in the well. When Aiden asks again to go home Samara gets all evil bitch kill crazy again. The doctor says no and then the movie becomes the Omen with Aidan controlling the doctor"s actions and making her inject a syringe full of air into herself. Then he/she walks out of the hospital unquestioned because that's what would happen naturally. Rachel has gone to the orphanage Samara was at asking to speak to someone who would have worked there at the time. She sees the Mother Superior and after seeing the book she remembers the entire indecent with crystal clarity. At least we assume so she could be making the whole entire story up for all we know especially when she says that Samara's mother told her the Samara was immaculately conceived by Cthulhu. That's not a joke by the way Samara's backstory is that her father was a demon of the ocean. Rachel finds out where she needs to go to speak to Samara's mother. Rachel talks to Samara's mother and she's pretty much cuckoo for cocoa puffs at this point babbling and not being very helpful. The only thing she says to Rachel that will be helpful is to listen to her son and do what he says. Aidan has made it home and Rachel's boss because like I told you can't keep his nose out lets himself in. He's still asking Aidan about the supposed abuse from Rachel. Then he tries to take Aidan's picture which he's very much against because that would show Samara. He promises not to take his picture but sets up the camera to take a picture remotely. That's it for him he's dead and anything that he was involved in with the plot never gets resolved. Rachel comes home with Aidan greeting her happily. When Aidan calls her mommy she knows it's Samara. Aidan tells Rachel that her boss went away, but he's actually still in his car and Rachel opens the door to find him dead. Rachel goes back inside distressed as she hides in her bedroom. Rachel ends up falling asleep which is when the real Aidan talks to her and like Evelyn said Aiden tells Rachel what to do drown him and Samara will leave. Rachel joins Aiden watching TV and because Samara never sleeps neither does he. Rachel is forced to drug him with sleeping pills. Once he's unconscious she runs a bath a puts Aidan in. Samara tries to fake it making it seem like Aidan is back to normal, but she dumps him in any way. The whole scene is pretty creepy because we don't know if this will work and Samara is known to create hallucinations so it could all be a trick. No, the film is not that clever as it works with an awful CGI Samara disappearing. Samara's not finished yet as the TV turns on with the well on screen. Samara starts walking to the screen and Rachel approaches her seemingly knowing what the hell to do as she lets herself get grabbed and dragged into Samara's world. Rachel lands in the well and starts to climb out and then Samara starts crawling after her. Rachel dislodges some stones making water pour out casing Samara to fall and getting out Rachel closes the well. Now to get out of Samara's world Rachel needs to jump from the cliff the way Anna Morgan did, She jumps and appears back home with Aidan and with that this nonsense is finally over. The Ring two was very disappointing and I'm going to give it 2 out of 5 stars.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The Ring is directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, and Brian Cox. The plot of the movie is a journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. Before I go any farther this review will have spoilers. So if you are interested in watching the film do so before reading this. The film starts with two high school girls complaining about crappy TV turning it off. The girls start talking about creepy ghost stories specifically a videotape that kills you when you watch it. The other girl Katie says that she has watched the tape seven days ago than Katie starts choking looking like she's dying, but she's just playing a prank. The phone then rings and she looks freaked out. She really needs to make up her mind either she is freaked out by the creepy videotape or she's not. They answer the phone and it's Katie's mother. I get the psych-out stuff is supposed to make you unprepared when the freaky shit starts happening, but I'm getting a boy who cried wolf feeling and when the TV turns on by itself I think finally getting to the point. Katie pulls the plug and an image on the screen moves behind her with the fridge in the kitchen opening. She goes upstairs to find her room has water coming from under the door opening it up for the iconic death scene. It is a very good opening to the film even with the fake out crap. We then shift to a school where a young boy is drawing a picture with his mother and our main character Rachel coming into the room to collect the boy. The teacher talks to her about her son the teacher shows Rachel some of her son's drawings mainly morbid imagery of a girl underground. Rachel says that her son's cousin Katie died three days ago then the teacher says that he drew the pitchers last week. Later the boy mentions that Katie told him she was gonna die so he's not psychic. Again how much of the tape did she actually take seriously? The next day Rachel and her son Aiden go to Katie's wake at her house. Rachel talks to Katie's mother and she reveals that the coroner found that Katie died of a heart attack and it's considered a non-suspicious death. Rachel goes outside to talk to some of Katie's friends and they mention the other girl who was there is now in a mental hospital because of the incident. Rachel wonder's if it was drug related when another guy tells her about the tape and the girls mention they heard about the tape from Katie's boyfriend who also died the same night. It's a great mystery that's slowly getting revealed. Back with Aiden, he makes his way to Katie's room. In the room, he looks at the TV seeing the same strange image behind that she did. Rachel then comes in saying he shouldn't be in their snooping and once he leaves she does some snooping. Which is kind of hypocritical as she's done nothing this whole time but snoop during the whole wake. Rachel finds Katie's scrapbook and all the pictures in it have their faces scribbled all over and she finds a ticket for developed photos. She collects the photos looking through them and they're pretty standard except for one of all the kids with their faces blurry. Rachel finds the newspaper report of the kids' deaths finding they all died at exactly 10:00 pm. Rachel decides to go to the cabin where Katie and her friends stayed she speaks to the guy at the front desk and shows him Katie's photo. He tells Rachel they stayed in cabin 12 mentioning that all the rooms have tape players showing Rachel their selection and that is when she sees the cursed videotape. Rachel takes the tape and rents cabin 12. So Rachel starts to play the tape and once the tape finishes the phone rings and a voice on the other end says seven days. We then shift to the next day and the film keeps track of the days from now on so it's like a ticking clock for Rachel raising the tension as the week goes on. Rachel calls her ex Noah who works in photography and video production. Rachel shows him Katie's photo and gets him to take her picture. Her face is now all blurry as well. She brought Noah there to watch the tape but is reconsidering due to the spooky shit. Noah convinces her to let him watch the tape. I thought she was being foolish when she watched the tape, but now that she actually has evidence that this tape might kill you she still lets him watch it that's just stupid. Rachel's waiting out on the balcony as she sees everyone in the neighboring building watching TV. Which certainly emphasizes the danger of this tape if it was out in the general populace. Noah joins Rachel on the balcony not taking the tape seriously, but then the phone rings. Rachel hesitates to pick it up until the phone stops ringing and Noah thinks Rachel is just overreacting, but she asks who made it and where did it come from. So Noah seeing that Rachel's agitated ask for a copy of the tape to study. Rachel goes to work to make a copy of the tape watching it thought once again and while it plays she sees that the tracking numbers for both tapes are completely screwed up. She stops the tape during a part where a fly is on screen and despite the tape being paused the fly still seems to move. The next day Rachel goes to Noah's place and they start looking into the mystery of the screwed up tape tracking. Noah enplanes why the numbers don't make sense. They start analyzing the tape and at one point Rachel notices something strange as there's more image outside of the frame. They try to get the tracking to move over, but forcing it too much the VCR just stops. There seems to be some kind of spark between them, but then Noah's assistant comes in to kill the mood. Noah tells her what Rachel's working on and when he says she should watch the tape Rachel makes a swift exit. At least she is now being more careful with the tape. Outside the building Rachel walks underneath a ladder it reminds her of one of the images on the tape. Day 3 and we move to a mental hospital where Katie's friend is receiving treatment. She's being escorted through the corridor with a curtain being used to keep her from seeing the television, but she still stops walking when she sees it. It is a great way to show us just how traumatized she is. Rachel starts interviewing her, but she doesn't get any answers to her questions. She starts talking about the tape and when she touches her hand the girl says that "she" will show Rachel in 4 days. Which is pretty menacing considering she's basically telling Rachel she's gonna die. Rachel takes the tape to a specialized video restoration place to see if she can get any more information from it and she's shown to the machine she needs. Rachel's printing some images from the tape for reference later and she starts trying to see the extra part of the image again and because of the more specialized equipment the image manages to move and she sees a lighthouse printing the image before the machine shuts down. As the machine starts back up again the tape stops at the same fly section and although it's part of the tape it continues to move on pause and then Rachel is able to pull it off screen which seems to cause her to have a nosebleed. This is actually the first proper supernatural thing to happen and it was quite subtle as well which I like the movies been slowly adding to the supernatural concepts while raising the suspense, but without jumping the shark which is how I like my horror. It's now day 4 with Rachel at the library she's looking through books on lighthouses trying to find the one on the tape and luckily or conveniently for her, it's listed in the book from the exact same angle as the tape. It's an island called Moscow island. So Rachel goggles the island and she finds a picture of the woman from the tape named Anna Morgan. She finds some newspaper articles on the island finding the Anna Morgan is linked to a mysterious sickness that killed her prized thoroughbreds and that Anna killed herself jumping from a cliff after suffering hallucinations and Rachel discovers she's been doodling on a picture. It's the next day again and Noah is at the store buying some cigarettes and looking at the security camera footage he sees his face is all messed up like Rachel's was. Rachel calls Katie's mom to look after her son as she's going to Moscow island to investigate. She takes a drink of water, but then the call is cut short by Rachel suddenly choking on something and it gets kind of gross and pretty disturbing as Rachel pulls one hell of a hairball out of her throat. That something coming out of her throat thing really is most standard horror aspect of the movie so far, but it was well done in terms of acting and the effects were very convincing the whole thing was very difficult to watch which is what you want really. The creepiness isn't over yet Rachel's pretty shaken and walking through the house she sees that Aiden's bedroom door is open and inside there's a girl sitting in a chair with water around the chair. As Rachel approaches her the girl grabs her arm with a horribly dead clammy hand giving Rachel visions of some kind of medical observation room and then she wakes up from her nightmare finding she has a handprint burn on her arm. Rachel goes to check on her son, but he's not in bed. He just randomly decided to watch the unmarked tape. I love the fact that you can see a brief glimpse of the girl coming out of the well like the tape is gaining more power in cursing people. The phone starts ringing, but Rachel just picks it up and slams it down. The phone rings again causing Rachel to yell at the supernatural being, but it's just Noah calling he now believes Rachel's story. She tells him that Aiden watched the tape reviling that Noah is Aiden's father. One more day down and Rachel is dropping Aiden off with Katie's mother and while she's in the house Noah talks to his son talking about why he is not around saying he doesn't think he would be a good father. So instead of maybe not being a good father he doesn't show up at all and makes sure he's not a good father which is stupid. In the house, Rachel's going through Katie's notebook finding drawings related to the tape. She goes out to the car to get Aiden and then it's time for a road trip to Moscow island. Rachel and Noah get to the ferry and he hands her the drawing her son was making before she leaves. On the ferry, Rachel's going through all the news reports about the island finding an anomaly an article mentions a daughter, but she doesn't appear anywhere else. While on the ferry Rachel finds a horse in its box petting it, but the horse gets agitated eventually breaking out of its box and running around. Now the horse is reacting to whatever has to do with horses on the tap, however, that doesn't make sense, because for reasons I'll go into later Rachel no longer has a connection to the tape anymore. The horse runs around the ferry for a bit until it starts running straight at Rachel, but then it jumps hits the side of the ferry and falls into the water. We then transition to Noah at the hospital Anna Morgan went to he asks for the records, but obviously, there's no reason they would just give those to him. When he says he has been up there before they know he is lying because the records room is downstairs, but it was actually a clever way to find where the records room is and Noah Breaks in. Meanwhile, Rachel makes her way to the Morgan's ranch looking for Anna Morgan's husband. She finds Richard Morgan in the backyard working on his fences. He knows Rachel is there because of the horse news story. They start talking Rachel pretending she's there just about the horse story. She mentions she knows about his wife's suicide and finding the mirror from the tape Rachel reveals the tape to him, but that's when things get kind of menacing as the guy looks threatening and doesn't want anything to do with the tape. So he knows more than he's letting on. Before leaving Rachel ask where his daughter is to which he says that he doesn't have a daughter. Outside Rachel sees the swing and looking at Aiden's drawing turns out he drew the house with a small child with hair over her face making her think the guy was lying about not having a daughter. Back with Noah, he finds Anna Morgan's file showing that she tried to have a child many times, but they always miscarried. He suddenly gets a nosebleed causing him to drop a file, but this one is for a Samara Morgan with radiographs of strange images. Rachel calls Aiden to ask about the picture he drew saying that the little girl showed him the image and that she doesn't like it in the barn because the horses keep her awake and that she lives in a dark place now. Rachel goes to talk to the island's physician asking about the Morgan's daughter mentioning that she is seeing strange images in her head and if it has anything to do with Samara. The doctor says that she's heard that before from Anna Morgan after they adopted Samara. The doctor referred the Morgans to another hospital assuming that Samara is still there. She also admits that things have been better since Samara's been gone. People really don't seem to like this girl, do they? Noah's still at the records place asking for an interview tape with Samara. The guy is very protective of his tapes and doesn't want any to leave the building which is a problem when he finds the tape he is looking for is missing taken by Richard Morgan. That night Rachel goes back to the Morgan's ranch finding the door open and Richard Morgan not home. She goes inside looking for him and in the room with the mirror finds a VCR with the missing tape in the VCR. Rachel starts watching the interview with Samara the doctors ask her why she doesn't sleep and then asking how she made pictures on the radiograph paper Samara seems pretty quiet, but she says she didn't make the pictures she just sees them. As the tape ends Morgan attacks Rachel taking the VCR with him upstairs. Rachel chases after him accusing him of killing Samara with him babbling about the horrible images Samara would show. In the bathroom, Rachel finds that he has set up a lot of electrical equipment. He tells Rachel that her son will die and that she will never stop. He then electrocutes himself in the bathtub. Rachel screams from Morgan killing himself, but then Noah comes in to comfort her. Kind of convenient him showing up at that exact time. Rachel remembers what her son said about the barn and goes to see inside. In the barn, they find the long ladder from the tape leading to a small room. They go up and find it's a child's room. While looking around Noah notices the wallpaper is peeling with something underneath. They pull the wallpaper off and find that it's the same tree Rachel saw when she first watched the tape. Which leads her back to where she started in cabin 12. It's Rachel's last day with only a short amount of time left and she's basically given up asking Noah to help Aiden. Noah won't accept that it is to let for her and pulls the phone from the wall knocking over a vase of beads. The beads roll under the table and pulling the rug up they find the wood rotten and pitted using an axe Noah smashes open floorboards and beneath the cabin, they find the same well from the tape covered with a stone slab they push it off. Then the screws in the floorboards above start removing themselves with the TV leaking water. Rachel throws a rock into the well as they wait for it to hit the bottom. Instead, they hear something coming up as a huge cloud of flies comes out and in the confusion, a beam gives way above causing the TV to fall knocking Rachel into the well. In the well, Rachel finds scratch marks and even worse torn fingernails. Noah goes to find a way to get her out, but looking up she sees the stone is being pushed back over the top trapping her inside. while struggling with the fire hoes Noah sees the sunset meaning Rachel is out of time. Back in the well Rachel catches a hand on some hair as she's grabbed once again by Samara giving her a vision and we see what actually happened to her. We see the well before the cabin was placed there as Samara looks into it. Anna Morgan approaches Samara talking to her quite sweetly until she sticks a plastic bag over her head suffocating her and dumping her in the well which is very brutal to watch and very dark but to make it darker Samara wasn't actually dead as she sees the well being closed with the ring image. Rachel is then back to reality with the handprint on her arm disappearing and searching around she finds Samara's body which rather disgustingly decomposes in her arms as she holds her. Noah returns telling her that it's past her deadline and she's not dead. The rescue services get Rachel out of the well with her and Noah reflecting on their victory with Rachel not understanding how Anna Morgan could do such a thing and Noah wonders how long you could survive in a well. Then Rachel realizes you could survive for seven days establishing that the seven-day curse is not just an arbitrary time period. Rachel gets home making planes to see Noah more now and she talks with Aiden telling him how they saved Samara from the well. However, now comes the twist as he's not happy he tells her that they weren't supposed to help Samara. Back at Noah's we see the full extent of the problem. It's his final day and the TV turns itself on. He goes over to the TV turning it off, but it just turns back on now showing the well. Rachel tries calling him but he's distracted by the TV and as he watches Samara starts climbing out of the well and as she gets to the screen she literally crawls out of the TV and this is the very best and creepiest part of the film and the most famous. Samara chases Noah around the room and as she looks at him the same thing that happened to Katie happens to him. Simply amazing scene it's the culmination of everything the films been building up to. It's been showing wired things here and there leading to that one hell of a climax which is well known for a very good reason everything about it is just great. Rachel gets into the apartment finding Noah sitting in a chair and spinning the chair around she sees him dead screaming, but we don't see his face. She returns home and gets the tape smashing it and burning it in the fireplace wanting to know why she survived and that's when she realizes she survived because she made a copy and her son watched it. Then we see a montage of everything that's happened and Samara's interview. It's now clear what she means by "It won't stop". She says her father wanted her to go away, but she knew she couldn't be stopped that way because the big twist is basically Samara wasn't affecting the horses and Anna Morgan by accident she was doing it on purpose and she's actually quite the evil bitch. The film ends with Rachel getting Aiden to make a copy of the tape to show to someone saving him. The title the ring doesn't refer to the actual ring on the tape, but the never-ending circle of the tape curse. The Ring is one of my favorite horror films and I'm going to give it 5 out of 5 stars.