When her 16-year-old niece dies unexpectedly, investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) learns that she watched a video with 3 other teens. Rachel discovers the tape and curiosity wins out as she watches the strange video. But as she investigates the source of the tape and its story, Rachel receives ominous warnings that she only has seven days to uncover the truth.
Adapted from a Japanese horror story/film, this mystery-thriller is filled with foreboding images and eerie events that will attract the pre-Halloween crowds. Rachel’s investigation leads her to uncover mysterious events involving a horse breeder and her adopted daughter. Various scenes show startling and bizarre images on the video tape and several scenes build suspense that make viewers jump at sudden revelations. Once scene shows a horse falling overboard from a ferryboat and bloody water implies a gruesome death passing through the boat propellers. Although her investigation seems to solve the mystery of the tape, and the typical dead spirit finding rest, an unusual twist implies the possibility of a malevolent spirit desiring more than the simple truth of a hidden event. Along with some scary scenes and grotesque faces, the dialogue includes a number of strong profanities and obscenities. Although it acknowledges apparent evil spirits, THE RING offers no positive solution to the evil. Avoid THE RING and share the Good News instead.