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.
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.
Extra Tidbit: Ben Stiller produced this movie.