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(2005), PG-13 ["Hardcore" PG-13*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks SKG, Bender-Spink Inc., MacDonald/Parkes Productions
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC, DreamWorks Home Entertainment Director(s): Hideo Nakata
Producer(s): Chris Bender, Neal Edelstein, Roy Lee, Laurie MacDonald, Mike Macari, Neil A. Machlis, Walter F. Parkes, J.C. Spink, Michele Weisler
Written by: Ehren Kruger ("Ringu": Kôji Suzuki - Kôji Suzuki; 1998 Film - Hiroshi Takahashi
Cinematography/Camera: Gabriel Beristain
Music: Henning Lohner, Martin Tillman, Hans Zimmer
Film Editing: Michael N. Knue
Casting: Deborah Aquila, Danny Stoltz, Mary Tricia Wood
Production Design: James D. Bissell
Art Direction: Christa Munro
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Someone left the water well cover open.
In The Ring of 2002, the demon possessed Samara Morgan (Daveigh Chase, Kelly Stables, Caitlin Mavromates) was murdered by her adoptive mother, Anna (Shannon Cochran). So sayeth the story. But the murdered Samara did not die. Now that is a neat trick, murdered but not dead. Be that as it may, for years, Samara existed at the bottom of the water well in which Anna left her. Then investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and boyfriend had opened the well by sliding its cover ajar but the well cover had been left ajar since 2002.
After relocating from lightspeed Seattle, Washington to sleepy coastal Astoria, Oregon, Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) with son Aidan (David Dorfman) found a job at the Daily Astorian newspaper as a run-of-the-mill reporter working for editor Max Rourke (Simon Baker) who seemed to be a magnitude more patient with Rachel's style and character as rude and pushy as it was. Aidan joined to local baseball club, Rachel joined a cooking class and all settled in for a lazy, care-free ... safe ... life. But not for long.
The story opens with teenage Jake (Ryan Merriman) and Emily (Emily VanCamp) in his parents house alone to do what it is Hollywood thinks all teenagers do in their parents' house when mom/dad (Brendan Tomlinson, Phyllis Lyons) are gone. But before that, Jake was adamant that Emily watch a short video. It was 10:58 PM. Jake was desperate to get Emily to watch the video quickly and before 11:00 PM since he would die if she didn't. Indeed, the payment of death would pass on to Emily from Jake if she watched it by 11:00 PM. But Emily, seen by Jake as positioned before the TV to watch the video, had closed her eyes. But the bill was paid nonetheless ... by the one who owed it.
Rachel got wind of the event on police scanners and recognized features of it as the same as that she left in Seattle. The possessed videotape had resurfaced in tranquil Astoria. Now the same story begins again. Even incinerating the tape did nothing to quell the ghastly undead dead girl's attempts to possess someone. Mother. Son. It didn't matter (according to the cut I saw).
More grabbing of people by the dead happened. So much so psychiatrist Dr. Emma Temple (Elizabeth Perkins) accused Rachel of abuse of Aidan, to which Samara intervened through Aidan. Dr. Temple did not regret accusing Rachel of child abuse. Dead people cannot feel sorrow or regret.
Other supporting cast included Sissy Spacek as Samara's institutionalized biological mother, who tried to drown baby Samara (Caitlin Mavromates) shortly after birth in the Sylverdale Psychiatric Institute's fountain before Anna Morgan adopted Samara in The Ring (2002). By the way, drowning children appears to be a thread in both installments of The Ring.
Being able to gather any more than superficial story from this film during the first half hour or so of this 102-minute film depends quite a bit on having seen The Ring (2002). After that, the story is the same. The Ring Two is almost a carbon copy of the first installment regarding CAP scoring. The first Ring earned a 51 which made it a "lite" R-13. But The Ring Two earned a slightly higher final score of 56 which makes it a "hardcore" PG-13. Following is a scoring data comparative of the two films so you can draw your own objective conclusions.
However, The Ring Two gives much more time to character building and story construction. It also made good use of devices later in the story to compensate for the typical eroding of recall of the first installment. In spite of the quality construction of The Ring Two it still had holes.
This film is rated PG-13 for "violence/terror, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language." Such a description is okay I guess but does it really tell you anything? No. We do. Do the secular reviewers tell you anything about the immoral content? No. We do. Can you make an informed moral decision based on what the advertisers, reviews, promoters, trailers, etc. tell you? No. But you can with the CAP service.
There is "some language" but that does not tell you there are four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. [Col. 3:8] That does not tell you there is one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive (and four without it). [Deut. 5:11] And that does not tell you there is one use of the most foul of the foul words. [Prov. 8:13]
There is indeed violence/terror but does that tell you of the grotesque facial gore and decaying flesh, of the attempts of mothers to drown their children, of bodies being pulled into a TV set by a demon? No. Does that tell you about unholy possessions of children by a demon, about a son telling his mother to kill him to rid him of a demon, or about the demonstrations of suicide? No. But we do. [Phil. 4:8] That is what we do that you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit or not. Please inspect closely the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this that is essentially a cookie-cutter copy of the communicating-with-the-dead The Ring (2002) is worthy of your patronage. [Deut. 18:10 - 11]
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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 more than eight 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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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