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The Ring Two

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Scarier than the first, but not as interesting.
  • Review Date: August 21, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No positive messages here.

Positive role models

Strong female lead character.

Violence

Very spooky, constant peril, several characters die, child's behavior changes dramatically, attempted infanticide, images of suicide.

Sex

A couple kisses on the couch.

Language

Some profanity, including one use of the F word.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Use of sedatives.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Ring Two is extremely scary, and there's near-constant peril for all the major characters. Younger and horror-adverse audiences will be frightened by many scenes and images, including the attempted murder of young children and the suicides of parents. There are deer attacks, attempted drownings, chase scenes, a spooky basement, and the non-explicit but horrific off-screen deaths of characters. There is a very graphic "suicide" and references to madness. A character swears in a very memorable and scary scene.

What's the story?

In THE RING TWO, single-mom and journalist Rachel (Naomi Watts) has packed up son, Aidan (David Dorfman), and the city apartment in favor of a new start away from the killer-video-tapes of Seattle. No sooner can Rachel say "we are safe now," then she hears about a local teen who has died from terror in front of his television. Rachel destroys the new tape only to find that deadly little tape-ghost, Samara, has designs on taking over Aidan. The chase is on: Rachel must find out how to get Samara out of their lives for good, seeking help from the young ghost's biological mother (Sissy Spacek). Realizing she will have to take care of business herself, Rachel dives into a series of watery endings that come together in a muddy puddle, ultimately demonstrating that maternal love wins over evil. Or something to that effect.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

In addition to the many visual and character references to The Ring, those who have seen the original will notice that the sequel, while scarier, lacks the first's novelty and many of its strengths. Here, Samara is free from the rules of the first movie. She pops out of the video and into their lives without the requisite seven-day waiting period and shows no intention of leaving.

Director Hideo Nakata, who was the mastermind behind the Ring's inspiration (Japanese blockbuster Ringu and its sequel), excels at atmospherics but is lazy with plot. While spookier than the first, the bare bones of THE RING TWO read like a rehashed Lifetime channel drama. If you're willing to jump over the plot's many weak bits, then this psychological thriller is a good-looking spook-fest and a should-see for fans of the original. For those looking for a tight, tense stand-alone horror movie, they might want to peek into another dark corner.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about The Ring Two and the consequences of our actions. At the end of The Ring, Rachel made a choice, and this sequel represents the outcome of her choice. What else could she have done?

  • What are the teenagers in the beginning of the movie choosing to do in a similar situation? What would you do differently?

  • How does this movie compare to the original? How does it compare to other horror movies?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 18, 2005
DVD release date:August 23, 2005
Cast:Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, Sissy Spacek
Director:Hideo Nakata
Studio:DreamWorks
Genre:Horror
Run time:107 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence/terror, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language

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Teen, 13 years old Written byBestPicture1996 August 28, 2009

Scares are scarce

in this mediocre sequel to a pretty interesting film I saw a good 3/4 of. The acting by the young child matches that of Channing Tatum in "G.I. Joe:" Awful. Special effects are large, and there is one hilarious scene with strong profanity, but that's the only case that I caught of harsh language. Mostly talk, "The Ring Two" is only for die-hard horror fanatics, something that I am not.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old June 24, 2010

Nikko Thinks ...

at first i thought this movie was just to follow up the ring and that now it wouldnt make sense and sence its 2005 the age were the blood and gore began becomeing popular in movies i thought is was just going to be like that but its not i thought i was great not scary my friend got scard of this one not the ring1 so i would have rated this on for 9+ butsense they thought it was scaryer i rated it on for 10+ the thing i didn't like was that they did a whole new plot for it after the middle part there is no concerns but highlights it has good role models because of the main charecter facing her fears and positve messegaes because of her faceing her fears and yes there are some mild word like crap but not bad words
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byPea789 July 22, 2010
just don't watch it. this is the kind of movie that a person would wish they never watched. sometimes i still think about that little girl coming out of the television. it wasn't too scary, just disturbing.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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