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Ring Two, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Stylish and scary, but less than satisfying, sequel to the 2002 sleeper horror hit, which finds investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her young son, Aidan (David Dorfman), relocating from Seattle to a coastal Oregon community only to have their hopes of a fresh start shattered when a "cursed" videotape -- which, causes certain death seven days after being viewed -- forces Rachel to plumb deeper into the mystery surrounding Samara, a murdered child whose vengeful spirit is set on Aidan. Directed by Hideo Nakata -- who also directed the Japanese fright films on which these American remakes are based -- this one relies less on psychological suspense than special-effect centerpieces, and, despite visual creepiness and some goose bumps, lacks the overall sharpness and originality of the first. Recurring frightening images, some disturbing violence involving child peril, an instance of rough language, and some crude and profane expressions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III --- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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