Rings (15)

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Twelve years on from the ris­i­ble Ring 2, this long-ges­tat­ing fol­low-up feels un­nec­es­sary.

It starts and ends in in­trigu­ing fash­ion – with the in­fa­mous video tape be­ing up­graded to newer, more danger­ous tech­nol­ogy– but ev­ery­thing in be­tween doesn’t cut the mus­tard.

Lead love­birds Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe are duller than the de­sat­u­rated colour palette and The Big Bang The­ory’s Johnny Galecki looks like he can’t be both­ered.

The story moves on from more in­ter­est­ing ideas – a col­lege group study­ing the curse – to a dull fur­ther look into the ghostly Sa­mara’s origin.

A pity as there are creepy mo­ments, and a fi­nal twist hints at a bet­ter se­quel that may never see the light of day.

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