The Ruins (2008)
Director: Carter Smith
Cast: Jonathan Tucker as Jeff, Jena Malone as Amy, Laura Ramsey as Stacy, Shawn Ashmore as Eric, Joe Anderson as Mathias, Sergio Calderón as Lead Mayan, Jesse Ramirez as Mayan Bowman, Balder Moreno as Mayan Horseman, Dimitri Baveas as Dimitri, Patricio Almeida Rodriguez as Taxi Driver, Mario Jurado as Mayan Archer, Luis Antonio Ramos as Mayan Rifleman (as Luis Ramos), Walter Quispe as Mayan Rifleman, Pauline Whyman as Wailing Woman, Nathan Vega as Mayan Boy
Are you as tired of seeing remakes and movies about the undead as I am?
Well then here's something a little different. Not original, but a
change of pace. I haven't read the book, but the trailer looked good
and so did the cast list. Plus instead of young people being done in
one by by zombies, vampires, or a masked slasher it's a variation on
the old man vs. nature idea, something not seen much recently and
certainly not with so much blood and gore.
Pros: A talented and likable young cast. The scenery is lush and
beautiful, as is the cinematography. Instead of just jumping right into
the horror, the filmmakers try to create suspense and a little
build-up. Moves at a pretty good pace. Plenty of moments and images
that'll make you cringe. Impressive gore and make-up effects, and
plenty of the former. A good and subtle score that sounds like a creepy
rumbling sound at times.
Cons: As good as the actors are, the characters they play are pretty
underwritten, which makes it hard to really get to know them. The CGI
is pretty poor. There's really nothing we haven't already seen before.
Sometimes the characters do really stupid things. A few cheap boo
Final thoughts: Not likely to be the best horror film of the year, but
you could do much worse. It's nice to see a horror film that isn't so
flashy, teen-friendly, and devoid of suspense, which is exactly what
the remake of 'Prom Night,' which hit theatres a week after this, looks
like. But I know you hardcore horror buffs know better than that.
My rating: 3.5/5