The Ring

Rachel Keller: Naomi Watts
Noah: Martin Henderson
Richard Morgan: Brian Cox
Aidan: David Dorfman
Ruth: Lindsay Frost
Katie: Amber Tamblyn
DreamWorks presents a film directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Ehren Kruger. Based on the novel by Koji Suzuki. Running time: 115 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references).

Central Theme
Evil never sleeps and no matter how hard you try you can never stop it.

Four teens are dead after viewing an eerie videotape and then immediately receiving a phone call warning they will die in exactly seven days. Those seven frightening days are accompanied by weird phenomena; nosebleeds, flashbacks, drips of water, bruises on the arm–and no matter how many photos you take your face will always be blurry in the print.

Rachel, a reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is drawn into the case when her niece Katie dies after her seven allotted days. Rachel’s son Aiden, best friend of Katie, has drawn frightening pictures of Katie’s death days before it happened. Rachel’s own investigation of Katie’s death leads her to the tape, which she views, receiving the subsequent phone call and beginning her seven-day countdown to death.

The video is a random, grainy, jerky sequence of esoteric scenes of a ring, blood on a chair, a fly on the screen, a lighthouse, a ladder, a woman brushing her hair at a mirror, a tree with bright red leaves set starkly against the sky, a centipede. Studying the film with Noah, Aiden’s estranged father, Rachel identifies a lighthouse set on a nearby island, where terrifying events have occurred, including the inexplicable suicide of Ann Morgan and the mysterious death of the prize horses she raised on Morgan’s Horse Farm.

As Rachel’s countdown to death continues, Aiden and Noah both view the film and are therefore facing death themselves. Rachel suspects the dark power behind the deaths is related to Samara, the missing daughter of Richard and Anna Morgan. At one point we think the mystery is solved, Rachel and Noah have a future, Aiden is happy, justice has been served and the spirit is now at rest. But remember, ‘she never sleeps.’

This film continues a familiar cinematic and cultural storyline; ¢â‚¬Ëœdeath and evil’ infiltrate every aspect of our lives. Whether it is the photo developer (one hour photo) or the video you rent (The Ring) your everyday life is full of transactions that could usher you into the presence of darkness, evil and even to your death. The spirits of the dead are among us and some of them seek to do us harm.

Beliefs num
–There is evil on the earth.
–We cannot understand it and we cannot overcome it.
–This evil does not sleep and will not stop.
–This evil chooses to harass whomever it wants including innocent children.
–The spirits of the dead can communicate with the living and sometimes possess extraordinary powers.
–Nothing is as it seems.
–It is difficult to discern the difference between what is real and what isn’t.
–This could all happen to you. Believe it.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Do you think the dead can communicate with the living?
–Can the dead possess power over the living?
–Is there an evil force on earth? Does it ever sleep? Can it be stopped?
–What would you do if you watched a video and got a phone call telling you will die a gruesome death in seven days?
–Why do humans enjoy scary movies?

Provocative Quotes byline
–I hate TV, it gives me a headache. All the molecules in our head are unstable. All the companies know about it but they aren’t doing anything about it.
==Katie’s friend while they watch TV.
–Have you heard about the videotape that if you watch it, it kills you? You get a phone call and a voice says: ¢â‚¬Ëœyou will die in seven days.’ I saw it a week ago. A week ago tonight.
==Katie, moments before she dies,
–You say she died three days ago? Aiden drew these last week.
==Aiden’s teacher with drawings of Katie dead.
–We don’t have enough time. Time before we die. Katie knew. She told me.
==Aiden to mom at Katie’s funeral.
–You could find out. That’s what you do. Ask questions.
==Rachel’s sister wants her to investigate Katie’s death.
–The thing is I don’t think I’d make a good father. Maybe because my own was such a disappointment. The thing is I don’t want anyone else to do it either¢â‚¬¦you know¢â‚¬¦to be your father.
==Noah to Aiden on why he has been uninvolved in his life.
–I think it is a message from your wife.
==Rachel to Richard Morgan, who still lives at the farm near the lighthouse.
–I don’t have a daughter.
==Richard when Rachel asks about his daughter.
–Tell me missy, what is it you think you know? Then leave it alone.
==Richard to Rachel.
–Sessions terminated at Father’s request.
==Note on Samara’s file.
–She doesn’t like it in the barn. The horses keep her up. She lives in a dark place now.
==Aiden getting a message from Samara,
–Ever since that girl has been gone, things on the island have been better.
==Doctor serving the island and Morgan Farm.
–I don’t make them, I see them and they must are. Can I see my mommy? I love my mommy. I do want to hurt people. It won’t stop. Daddy wants me to go away. But he doesn’t know.
==Samara on videotape from the asylum.
–She wanted that child more than anything. How could she have done that? She only wanted to be heard. Some children yell, others cry, draw pictures¢â‚¬¦
==Rachel to Noah about Samara.
–Seven days, you could survive seven days.
==Rachel at the well.
–You weren’t supposed to help her. Don’t you understand Rachel? She never sleeps.
==Aiden to Rachel.
–What happens to the next person who watches the video?
==Aiden to Rachel.

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