Plot: A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins.
Review: The Ruins is an American horror/thriller that many people may not remember or even know about. I first saw this movie around the time when it came out and I can honestly say it creeped me out, but I was 13 at the time. I know that I’m still considered a young person, but when I was 13 I did get freaked out easily by horror films. I decided to give The Ruins a watch again to see how I would react to it now, and it wasn’t anywhere near the same way, but I’ll get into that later. This is a love or hate film, let’s break it down.
The story to The Ruins was practically nothing. The movie focuses on a group of friends who are on vacation and decide to go and visit the ruins of a Mayan temple. After these folks get to the temple the story more or less stops, the rest of the movie is just them on top of the temple trying to survive. I can’t even lie, I started to get really bored with the movie because this story was pretty terrible. In my opinion, this is where the movie failed, but that doesn’t meant that The Ruins as a whole was complete garbage. How was the acting? The acting in The Ruins was pretty good, it could have been better. Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, and Shawn Ashmore all had some good performances. The supporting cast wasn’t that bad either, these characters did make us feel like we could connect with them at times, that’s a plus.
The Ruins has its moments when it comes to scares. I’ve read a few reviews in which some people say they laughed through the whole movie. I find that very hard to believe, but maybe they did laugh through the movie, who knows, it all depends on what you’re afraid of. The Ruins contained a few scenes that can make the viewer jump and a nice amount of thrills, but I feel like the movie delivered when it came to the creepiness. There were plenty of creepy scenes that some of you may not be cut out for, I can’t say like what cause that will spoil the movie. I will tell you this though, if you get creeped out very easily, then The Ruins is not for you. Watch out for those vines!
Overall The Ruins is a decent movie that might be enjoyable for some. The story wasn’t that good, in fact there really wasn’t even that much of a story at all. The acting was good, Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, and Shawn Ashmore all had good performances. The Ruins can scare you, some may feel otherwise, but the movie contains scenes that can creep you out and make you jump. This is kind of where the movie delivered, it had some awesome thrills and some crazy scenes that might not be for everyone. If you get creeped out easily, don’t watch this film. If you haven’t seen The Ruins yet, it’s something I believe you should watch. Like if you have nothing to do or no other movies to watch, then take a look at this. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy it!