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The Ruins (Unrated)
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7 years ago By: Jason Adams
The Ruins (Unrated) order
Director:
Carter Smith

Actors:
Jena Malone
Jonathan Tucker
Laura Ramsey

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Four teenagers vacationing in Mexico travel to the abandoned ruins of an ancient Mayan pyramid and encounter a serious shrubbery problem.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE RUINS shows signs of genuine promise throughout, but never completely delivers on sheer horror goodness. I did appreciate that despite the potentially cheesy premise, the movie took itself seriously and created a genuinely tense and frightening atmosphere for the majority of the time. For that reason, it reminded me a lot of Neil Marshallís (superior) THE DESCENT, both in tone and execution. But as far as scaring or thrilling me, it probably wonít make my regular rewatch list.

The young actors all work well together and their relationships are handled realistically. Jena Malone continues to be an actress worth watching, though her character makes some really stupid decisions. Jonathan Tucker does a great job showing us his serious face. And Laura Ramsey does nice work with her random nudity. (Okay, she also handled her more gorey scenes well.) That being said, Iím all for character development and caring about who youíre watching, but thanks to the pacing THE RUINS doesnít really pick up until nearly an hour inófar too long a wait for a thriller.

A couple scenes are effectively hard to watch thanks to some fantastic prosthetics work (though nothing that made my butthole pucker). I will give director Smith and his team credit; some of the graphic gore shots are so fluid and well pulled off it makes you wonder how they did it. (Some of the vine in the skin stuff, for example.) I also liked that they didnít try to explain the proceedings with a lame back story, but at the same time potentially effective stuff like the flowers ability to mimic their surroundings didnít feel used to their maximum potential. And unfortunately with things like talking flowers and living vines, the movie borders between scary and silly.
THE EXTRAS
The Unrated version contained on the DVD has a darker ending than the theatrical cut, and what Iím assuming are a few more gore shots.

Commentary by director Carter Smith and editor Jeff Betancourt: The guys are on the quieter side for a lot of the track. When they do talk itís more of a Q&A style where Betancourt just asks Smith various questions, which gets a little old.

Making THE RUINS: (14:22): Some nice behind the scenes material with plenty on the gore effects and shooting on location in Australia (not Mexico).

Creeping Death (15:03): A look at how they designed and created the killer vines. Thereís also some cool stuff with the amputations. And sadly, no Metallica.

Building The Ruins (6:18): There was really only one set, but they had to build it from scratch.

Deleted Scenes (11:54): Three cut scenes, a second alternate ending, and the original theatrical ending are included.

Theatrical Trailer and Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Decent thrills and chills for horror fans, but I couldnít shake the feeling that THE RUINS couldíve been a lot better.

Extra Tidbit: Ben Stiller produced this movie.
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