They say that there is this video tape. It’s a cursed video tape where once you watch it you get a phone call immediately after saying that you will die in seven days. Seven days later to the exact minute, you die. Rachel is a reporter trying to find out what happened to her niece and all her niece’s friends as they all went up to a cabin a week before and all died at exactly the same time a week later. To discover what happened to her niece, she decides to watch the tape for herself. As she does this, she now has seven days to find out all she can about this mysterious video tape before it’s too late.
The movie opens much like that of the original version that came out in 1998. We get two girls who are home alone where one tells the other that they have just witnessed a video tape exactly seven days later. Again in this version she then tells her friend that she is playing a joke only to have the phone rang a few minutes later. When this happens she is frightened because she wasn’t kidding about watching the video tape. Soon enough the TV starts turning on by itself and soon enough the girl ends up dead. Next up we meet Rachel and she tries to uncover what happened to her niece by watching the tape.
Well, while viewing this version I couldn’t help but compare it to the original. I enjoyed the original and I found myself enjoying this one as well. This one pulled me into the story right from the start and it didn’t let me go until it ended. When the movie first started I noticed how much it was like the original, up until the first girl is killed. Her death scene was much longer drawn out than it was in the original film. Samara seems much more violent and angry than Sadako was in the original Ring. Right after the beginning of this film, we do get more scenes that are similar, but we also get quite a few different things in this version. That scene with the horses was very odd. I don’t want to spoil too much of this film, so I’ll say that if you enjoyed the original, you’ll probably enjoy this one too. It’s rare that a remake can be just as good as the original, and I’m really trying to decided which version I like better, because I really like both version. I give The Ring an 8 out of 10.