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08 April, 2008

The Ruins


Well for the first time since January Ms. AllClick and I finally made it out to the cinema. There just didn't really seem like anything worth going to see since umm Cloverfield? Maybe. It's hard to remember what the last film was that I saw on the big screen. I suppose it's due to the time of year, the fact that the oscars are so far away now or perhaps it's just my imagination. Either way I was missing the cinema experience and we thought "The Ruins" might actually be an interesting movie.

I'm not a fan of the horror genre..but I am a fan of movies based on books. I can't wait for the big screen adaptation of the Dictionary *silence*. Anyway, movies based on books seem to always have a reason. That is everything the characters do is for a reason, it has to have an explanation and it has a purpose in the plot. I guess it's because the writer (Scott Smith) probably had to revise the story several times before he arrived at the finished novel.

So, this film follows a group of 20 somethings out to Mexico and they discover some uncharted ruins and get in a whole heap of trouble. Nice premise if not terribly original. However, the story unfolds at a decent pace, the gore is expected but not over the top. There are a few scares, a lot of creepiness and a focus on the psychological. Not bad for a genre that is well worn. I found myself liking the movie while watching it and so this was a good sign. Overall I'd say 6 out of 10. Not a film for everyone but an interesting tale.

3 comments:

RedZeppelin said...
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RedZeppelin said...

I'm just the opposite -- I usually hate movies based on books (books I've read, anyway) because they always pale in comparison.

Sometimes though a crappy movie can steer me towards a decent book. I've heard enough about The Ruins to make me want to read the book, but I'm in no hurry to see the film.

(I removed the above post because of too many typos)

All Click said...

Well I see your point of view. The movies of books that I've read do pale in comparison. But at least I know I'm in for a moderately decent movie. Usually.