The film starts promisingly with an interesting first scene. Immediately afterwards, however, the film devolves into chaos. The plot is very convoluted and erratic. Character development is weak, and the logic in the film is nonexistent. Even more disappointing is that scares are also almost completely absent. The film briefly tries to introduce some commentary in the form of theological or ethical questions, but it is quickly dismissed. Another big issue that I had was the film's predictability. Every twist can be seen from far away, and worse yet, the big ending was revealed by the trailers as if it was a part early in the film.
The acting shows a lack of motivation. There are a few interesting shots, but aside from that, the cinematography is on par with what is expected. There are a few cool visual effects, such as one in which you can see static as Samara walks once she has exited the TV.
Despite a promising opening sequence, some briefly interesting ideas, and a few decent visuals, "Rings" ultimately disappoints with a lack of scares or intelligence to its script. It isn't excruciatingly unwatchable, but it doesn't have many redeeming qualities. It isn't even of the "so bad it's funny" category.
Big Tuna's Rating: D
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.