The Ruins

“The Ruins” stars Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, and Laura Ramsey. It’s directed by Carter Smith (Me and Max, Bug Crush) and based on the novel written by Scott B. Smith, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie.

The story follows a group of friends who decide to head to a remote temple in the Mexican jungle. They are accompanied by a tourist with a map to the temple. When the group arrives, the are welcomed in the most unpleasant way by village people who are determined to sacrifice them to a horror that grows like weed.

Those who can’t stand the sight of blood or become queasy easily should probably skip this one, for it has it’s fair share gory moments. There are many problems that flood the film. One is the fact that it wasn’t hardly scary. The thought of plants that get under your skin wasn’t the least bit frightening nor was it believable. Another flaw was the thinly written script and poor character development. The antics performed by the characters were so absent-minded that I was hoping they would die. That way they wouldn’t continue to polute the screen with such stupid tomfoolery. The dialog will have you rolling your eyes in disgust at how badly written it all is. This is a strictly by the numbers horror flick, so don’t expect to be blown away by it’s originality.

I was surprised that the cast did moderately good acting, more notably by the female leads. Unfortunately, the movie managed to cough up more laughs than thrills. The scenes that include dwelling into the temple were poorly shot and too dark at times to tell what was going on. Other scenes were shot beautifully, including a scene in which the plants snatch up a couple of severed limbs. I laughed quite a bit, which I don’t think was the film’s intention. On the plus side, it has it’s moments of extreme gore (looks great on the big screen) that will have many covering their ears and cuffing their mouth.

It tries very hard to dig under your skin, but truthfully digs deep down and tickles the funny bone. A disappointing feat if your expecting a horror movie. I was somewhat disappointed in the sudden ending and the whole outcome of the movie. The beginning was paced slowly, giving me that “get on with it” feeling. The unintentional laughter was heavy compared to the scares, which felt as light as a feather. This is a film that breezes by without being truly captivating or maintaining a staining effect.

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