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No one likes prequels. They’re never as good as the first and they just get bad reputation.

According to the New York Times, “Rings” cost an estimated $25 million dollars to make. But during the release weekend, it only made $13 million.

The question that goes through your head the entire movie; why don’t you just punch her in the face? If a little girl, no older than 10 years old, is crawling through your television and you know you are going to die, why don’t you put up a fight?  

The movie starts off with an attractive young couple, Julia, played by Matilda Lutz and her boyfriend Holt, played by Alex Roe. Holt has to part ways with his beautiful girlfriend Julia and start a new college experience.

Holt begins getting distant until he cuts off communication completely. A worried Julia takes matters into her own hands and visits his college personally. Upon arriving at the college, Julia soon discovers that there’s a video going around and anyone that watches it has seven days before they meet their untimely end.

The first time you see the Ring, she’s crawling out of a TV, about to end the life of a terrified college student. The student tried unplugging the TV and turning off her phone, but to no avail. The tech savvy ghost is better than that. Once Julia realizes exactly what is going on and finds out that her boyfriend was targeted by the evil little girl, she sacrifices herself and watches the video.

As the movie progresses and the jump scares get greater, your heart begins to melt because, maybe Samara isn’t the person that murders in cold blood, but instead a child that was born out of wedlock, was mistreated and misunderstood until she was murdered.

Is Samara a good girl?

Julia and Holt decide that in order to free the longing soul of Samara, they must find her bones and burn them. Despite all the warnings from every single person in town, Julia goes out her way to finish this out.

Everything is seemingly perfect just like it was in the beginning. Julia is showering and Holt is on the computer, hopefully filling out an application to a different school. Throughout the entire movie, there’s writing on Julia’s hand in a different language that she ignored completely, too determined about doing what she thinks is the right thing.

The writing on her hand spells “Rebirth.” Samara wasn’t trying to escape her confined state of a haunting afterlife. She was trying to escape into the real world, to wreck ultimate havoc on the innocent by sending her home made video.

Overall, the movie was rather predictable without leaving much to the imagination. It wasn’t a bad movie, it just simply wasn’t good. Although there were pleasant surprises in the movie, ones that made your jaw drop it was just a movie that i would rather watch on Redbox then on the big screen.  No one likes prequels, there’s a reason for that.

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