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The Ring (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: October 21, 2002
CAP Score: 51
CAP Influence Density: 1.02
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THE RING (PG-13) -- The movie lacks a lot in logic but not in ignominy.
Production: Amblin Entertainment, BenderSpink, DreamWorks SKG
Distribution: DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Gore Verbinski
Producer(s): Benita Allen, Neal Edelstein, Christine Iso, Roy Lee, Laurie MacDonald, Mike Macari, Walter F. Parkes, J.C. Spink, Michele Weisler
Written by/Screenplay: Novel: Kôji Suzuki. Screenplay: Ehren Kruger
Cinematography/Camera: Bojan Bazelli
Music: James Michael Dooley, Henning Lohner, Hans Zimmer
Film Editing: Craig Wood
Casting: Denise Chamian
Production Design: Tom Duffield
Art Direction: Patrick M. Sullivan Jr.
Feardotcom? Ringdotcom? Feardotring? Ringdotfear? Apparently, the orginial version of this Japanese thriller was held up from the American market to make way for this remake. In that span, the feardotcom people (Dark Castle) apparently launched their original movie with same idea to compete with the remake The Ring. (Dreamworks). Being built on the same idea -- watching a small screen presentation leads to the death of the viewer -- feardotcom and The Ring share many similarities. Feardotcom gives the victim 48 hours to live, announced by phone call, after visiting a fear website while The Ring gives the victim, also announced by phone call, precisely seven days to live - to the minute - after watching a video tape. In Feardotcom, more attention and detail is given to the content of the website that kills but in The Ring more attention is given to plot and story-telling than to the content of the fear video tape that kills. (Thanks to VidManiac2 for heping me with this paragraph and other tidbits.)
Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts - Mulholland Drive
The story opens with two teenage girls doing a sleep-over I guess, with one of them watching the tape and getting the phone call. Sure enough, seven days later the first girl dies of heart failure, news which brings Rachel into the picture. Curiosity gets the best of Rachel -- she watches the tape. And the obligatory phone call came in seconds. Now Rachel is going to die. In seven days. To the minute.
Relying on Aidan's father's video expertise, Rachel enlists Noah's aid in analyzing the film. In doing so, he watches the tape, too. And dies. Seven days later. To the minute. In a pool of water under his chair. In the days to his death, he and Rachel find pieces and parts that lead Rachel's investigative reporting skills to uncover many things about the tape, who made it and why. Amidst all the mess, Aidan sees the tape, too.
The movie lacks a lot in logic but not in ignominy. The Ring earned a final score of 52 which places it two points into the scoring range for R-rated movies in the CAP comparative baseline database of movies. Examples of material invasive to wholesome ethics and morality include 23 uses of offensive language [Col. 3:8] including two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive, seven uses witihout it [Deut. 5:11] and 14 uses of the 3/4 letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11]. Issues of violence include suicide by electrocution, gore, bizzare images, fright factors, graphic decay of human flesh and pulling a long cord attached to a small electrode pad out of a woman's esophagus [Ps. 141]. Additional programming of moral and ethical assaults include smoking by a teen, admission of sexual immorality, the dead grabbing the living, an undead girl climbing out of a TV screen and murder by an unholy presence [Ps. 1:6].
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide all that was noted.
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|