"Pagan Attack of the Killer Vines"
What You Need To Know:
THE RUINS is simply another vile, graphic horror movie that focuses on bloodletting and gruesome imagery rather than suspense and true fright. The plot pacing is off, the bloodthirsty vines are never explained, and the evil is never seen as anything that can be stopped. The movie becomes a hopeless glorification of gluttonous gore, with strong foul language, nudity and some sexual references.
(PaPaPa, C, LLL, VVV, S, NN, AA, M) Very strong pagan, demonic worldview with unexplained horrors that offer nothing redemptive and no real redemptive moral tone other than one character sacrifices himself so that another might escape; at least 23 mostly strong obscenities, five profanities and man seen urinating; extremely graphic violence such as people shot with arrows, man shot in head with gun, guy falls and breaks his back, little boy is shot because he is believed to be infected, vines eat flesh and devour people, legs are graphically amputated, girl cuts herself up with a knife to the point of bleeding to death, man stabbed, woman is covered in blood, man throws up from imagery, dead bodies and bones are seen in vines; implied fornication, unmarried couples living together, unmarried kissing, drunk girl tries to kiss man other than her boyfriend, couple bets each other with sexual favors as the wager instead of money and it is implied that the loser makes good on the bet; upper male nudity, rear male nudity, upper female nudity, rear and side female nudity, women in bikinis, cleavage, woman seen in underwear and see through night shirt; strong alcohol use, depicted drunkenness and woman throws up from drinking too much; no smoking; and, gambling with sexual favors and young adults are bad role models.
THE RUINS, the latest release in a long line of pagan horror movies, follows two unmarried couples who steal away to Mexico for a leisurely vacation. Instead of leisure, though, the four young people must fight for their lives against an ancient evil lurking in the nearby Mayan ruins.
With only one day of their vacation left, the young couples meet a young man from Munich who is preparing to take a trip to find his lost brother, an archeologist who went missing several days before. The young man convinces the fearless foursome to join him, and they decide to take one last sight-seeing adventure and explore some uncharted Mayan ruins way off the beaten path deep in the heart of the jungle.
After they arrive, they find a large Mayan pyramid overgrown with strange-looking vines. Also, right on their heels is a local village mob that will not let them pass back into the jungle and forces them, at gunpoint, to the top of the ruins. Once at the top, the adventurers realize they are trapped without any hope of escape. The villagers below, it seems, are not letting them pass because they are keeping close boundaries around the ancient evil that lurks in the ruins.
Not long after, the young couples find that the ancient evil that lurks in the ruins are deadly, flesh-eating vines that have set their target on the team now standing atop the ancient Mayan site. One by one, the trapped travelers fall prey to not only the deadly vines but also to madness and hopelessness. The final two members must find a way off the ruins and past the deadly villagers below if they ever hope to stay alive.
THE RUINS is simply another vile, graphic horror movie that focuses on bloodletting and gruesome imagery rather than suspense and true fright. The plot pacing is off, the bloodthirsty vines are never explained, and the evil is never seen as anything that can be stopped. The movie becomes a hopeless glorification of gluttonous gore, with lots of strong foul language, nudity and some sexual references.
There are so many other worthwhile films that extol redemptive values and strong moral worldviews that aren’t filled with needless gore and gratuitous obscenity. For a complete list of these more positive movies, please go to www.movieguide.org