THE RING TWO
Ghostly, Ghastly Manifestations
Release Date: March 18, 2005
Starring: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman,
Simon Baker, Elizabeth
Perkins, and Sissy Spacek
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 109 minutes
Director: Hideo Nakata
Executive Producer: Mike Macari, Roy Lee, Neil
Machlis, and Michele Weisler
Producer: Walter F. Parkes and Laurie
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Address Comments To:David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg
1000 Flower Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Phone: (818) 695-5000
Rachel and her son, Aidan, have moved to Astoria, Oregon to escape the past events, when an underground video of the girl’s ghost resulted in occult manifestations that leave several people dead of fright. When the ghost claims another victim in Astoria, Rachel sneaks onto the crime scene, takes the tape and destroys it.
Apparently, Rachel’s destruction of the tape alerts the ghost of their presence in the town. The ghost possesses the son, Aidan’s, body, and Rachel desperately tries to investigate the ghost’s past to find out how to save her son. Rachel learns, however, that she might have to commit an unspeakable act against her son’s body in order to save his soul.
THE RING TWO has an occult worldview about what happens to people after they die. In that occult worldview, the evil ghosts of some people can threaten the lives and souls of people still living. This worldview is similar to the worldview of some primitive societies discussed in Sigmund Freud’s book TOTEM AND TABOO where Freud contends that some primitive tribes give offerings and other amenities to dead people, including the ones they may have offended here on earth, in order to protect themselves against the dead people’s ghosts. In this movie, the ghost is clearly evil and must somehow be banished. People who believe in such occult happenings and who don’t have faith in the biblical doctrine of Heaven and Hell may find the movie scary, but people with other viewpoints will not, especially since the movie, though tautly constructed and well acted, strains credulity at times. THE RING TWO also leaves some unanswered questions and problems. For example, if you banish such a ghost, where does the ghost’s spirit go? Also, how is the ghost able to still manifest itself in Astoria after Rachel destroys the one tape? These questions could be answered outside the movie, but the movie doesn’t do a good job of answering or explaining them despite the clues it might seem to give.
Although THE RING TWO has some strong foul language, including one “f” word and a couple strong profanities, it is mostly devoid of the vulgarity, sex and nudity found in many PG-13 or R-rated movies. It does, however, contain many spooky scenes threatening death, or worse, to innocent victims.
Worse than this, of course, is the movie’s occult worldview. Not only is it biblically unsound, it also allows for no Christian, moral or redemptive solutions to the evil faced by the heroine and her son. In fact, toward the end the heroine seriously threatens the very life of her son in order to banish the ghost and save her son’s soul. In an age when the lives of children are indeed threatened by troubled, confused and evil parents who abort them or even drown them in bathtubs, this is an extremely dangerous thing to show the public, especially in an entertainment product designed to attract a wide audience of millions.
Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® gives THE RING TWO its highest warning and its worst acceptability rating. Society is already threatened by too many entertainment products with morally questionable and occult messages. Children and teenagers are especially vulnerable to such evil, abhorrent moral and spiritual messages. No wonder there are so many stories in the media of unwed teenagers killing their newborn babies, and teenagers exploring the occult. We already have too many lenient, ignorant prosecutors, judges and police officials who don’t take these issues seriously enough. Making a movie like THE RING TWO will only add to people’s moral, spiritual and legal confusion.
Some media pundits may not see the danger of this confusion, especially those who aren’t concerned about things like infanticide, abortion and the spread of the occult and other dangerous anti-biblical philosophies. Movies don’t merely reflect our culture, however, they also create it. Consequently, movies shape our beliefs, values and attitudes, and govern our behavior, including our educational, religious, moral, and political activities. A movie like THE RING TWO may seem like just a harmless entertainment for people looking to have some scary fun. It could be reasonably argued that this is indeed partly true, but it is not completely true. That’s why MOVIEGUIDE® urges everyone to consider whether they really want to support the making, distribution and viewing of THE RING TWO and other entertainment products like it. At the very least, they should consider whether they should let their family’s children and teenagers see and hear such products, no matter what they are rated by the entertainment industry.
THE RING TWO has an occult worldview about what happens to people after they die. In that occult worldview, the evil ghosts of some people can threaten the lives and souls of people still living. This occult worldview is morally and spiritually dangerous and abhorrent, as is the heroine’s decision that she has to threaten her son’s life to banish the evil ghost.