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This Week's Movies, part 2: The Ring Two

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The Ring Two may have had one of the biggest premier weekends in recent history, grossing over $35 million, but I bet that'll be the bulk of it. After word gets around what a stinker this movie was, waiting lines should be much shorter.

It had great potential and started to go where I thought it needed to go with the first, to the natural mother. Find out what made Samara like she was, see if anything can be done. But alas that was just a tease.

In fact every scene was just a tease. There was so little cohesion that one would be hard pressed to say it was even a story. It just seemed like a bunch of scenes edited together. It made no sense. It started out as every other scary movie (reference intended) with teenagers meeting their untimely doom, and went downhill from there. It wasn't even creepy. It was a shame for that cast to have been wasted on that script. Naomi Watts and David Dorfman were excellent, though the direction sapped out most of their nature chemistry, and we were treated with appearances from Elizabeth Perkins and Sissy Spacek. What a waste of talent.

I was so disappointed that I may not even bother watching the next installment, workingly named Ring Zero, a prequel focusing on how the 8 year old Samara meets her mortal end. Again, sounds like they're missing the boat. The real story is in the parents and the creation of the child. Maybe I should write the next script!

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