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Anger Doesn't Rest In This Movie

Aug 25, 2008 (Updated Aug 25, 2008)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Sarah Michelle Gellar, the plot, the special effects

Cons:The little boy isn't frightening

The Bottom Line: I would recommend this movie to anyone who has seen and loved The Ring.


Genre
Horror

Plot
Once there was a married Japanese woman named Yoko who was infatuated with an American man. She wanted to be with him and even posted pictures of him all over her husband's face in photos of them. She wrote about him and her crush on him in her journal and one day she came home to see her husband reading the journal and looking angrily at the pictures. She tried to explain but he grabbed her and beat her and eventually hung her in her closet. He grabbed their son and drowned him in the bathtub before killing himself. Years later when an American nurse named Karen Davis moves to Japan to be a nurse there she encounters the house and upon going in she places the curse upon herself that has claimed the lives of so many others. The woman's soul is still trapped in that house, you see. Her and her son's. When anyone comes into the house they release the woman and her son into the world. Now Karen must figure out what the spirits want before she ends up like they did.

Actors/Actresses
Sarah Michelle Gellar plays Karen and does an excellent job too, I might add. She is smart and knows how to stay calm when she is faced with danger and I like that about her character. Although she can be a bit dimwitted at times (like when she went down a dark staircase instead of staying in the hallway where there was light), she is pretty brave for someone who can see spirits that no one else can. There's also Bill Pullman as the American man the Japanese woman had a crush on and he is too good to be true in this movie. I love how he walks around like nothing is bothering him yet he is haunted by the spirits and his death scene is one I'll never forget. Yoko Maki plays Yoko in the movie and she is genuinely creepy as the spirit who is killing everyone. I like how she only has to put her hair in front of her face and look at me to make me feel scared. Then there is Yuya Ozeki who plays Toshio, the little boy who was drowned and he isn't all the spooky but I remember when my little brother was watching the movie with me and the little boy opened his mouth and wailed like a cat my brother got so scared he hid his head under the covers (come on guys, he's only 9). I love the actors and actresses and they all do a great job in this movie, especially Sarah Michelle Gellar.

My Opinion
This movie is one that is genuinely scary and will creep you out if you watch it alone. I love the way the spirits are portrayed and how they incorporated Americans into the movie. I think the little boy could've been more scary, however the rest of the special effects and the woman spirit more than made up for the boy's lack of spookiness. I mean, come on, what's so scary about a cat hollering? Anyway, the plot is a good one for a horror movie and I think the way that Yoko and her family died scared me more than the actual spirits. I love how this movie was made and the ending is one that left me hanging and wanting more and usually I don't like cliffhanger endings but the ending worked in this movie. This movie was excellent and I think it was great the way it scared my little brother and I because I usually don't get scared during movies.

Rating Scale
I give The Grudge a rating of (1).
EXPLANATION OF RATING SCALE
(1) Buy This Movie
(2) Rent This Movie
(3) Borrow This Movie
(4) See It Once, Then Pawn It
(5) This Movie Isn't Good At All, Avoid It


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