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The Ruins [DVD] [2008]

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  • Release Date: 08/01/2017
  • Rating: R

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    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 24)


    The Ruins
    Based on the novel by A Simple Plan author Scott Smith, director Carter B. Smith's Yucatan-set thriller follows four American tourists as they unwisely venture off the beaten path while vacationing in Cancun. When a friendly German tourist implores the Americans to help search the jungle for his missing brother, the group becomes hopelessly trapped in a nightmare scenario that seems too strange to be true. Jonathan Tucker, Laura Ramsey, Jena Malone, and Shawn Ashmore star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Jonathan Tucker
      Jonathan Tucker - Jeff
    • Jena Malone
      Jena Malone - Amy
    • Shawn Ashmore
      Shawn Ashmore - Eric
    • Laura Ramsey
      Laura Ramsey - Stacy
    • Joe Anderson
      Joe Anderson - Mathias

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It was very entertaining


      What can I say, over all I liked the movie. I watched it after seeing clips of the plants on you tube so this was not a surprise but I do not recall hearing about the book. I remember seeing trailers and wanting to see this but I waited for DVD. It was worth the wait and I really enjoyed this. I did not like that it started and just maintained this sort of even-ness. I jumped a little at times but it really has this sort of unending feeling like "ok, thiis is the situation and you are not getting out" (like big brother with kller plants). I found myself at one point thinking I could leave the room but then I get off the couch and bam, back to business and the movie was over. I actually back tracked to make sure my DVD was not flawed. No, it seems they just did not know what to do or needed to cut the time and they ended this very abuptly. Watched the special features and thought the other endings gave the piece a different vibe and meaning. These guys need to listen to their gut. But then, a few days later I was walking my dog, looked at a bush with a flower and now I am reading the book. Thank you Ben Stiller, you saved me a Saturday in Borders and my shrink thanks you for my new paranoia. These are signs of great story making (5 stars) but not great execution (4 stars).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Quarantined outdoors


      A group of college kids embark on a mission to see historic Mayan ruins located in the middle of a jungle. The plot is nothing new for a movie, but it is still pretty interesting. The entire movie, minus maybe the first 15 min or so, takes place in one scene. If you're looking for variety, in terms of the environment and scenery, you will not find it here, as everything takes place on top of a large ruined temple. The movie combines the aspects of being quarantined, and a desperate struggle for survival. As time progresses, the struggle becomes harder and harder, and the movie provides quite a good sense of this, as water, food, and resources become vital. There is minimal horror here, and you won't find any captivating horror moments. There are however some good gory moments that may leave you cringing or turning away. Overall, if you're into survival flicks with a touch of horror, you will probably enjoy it, otherwise, you may loose attention as the film doesn't provide much in the way of an encompassing environment

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Mayan Invasion of the Body Snatchers


      We have this thing in this culture. We take a young actress and we put her in a Horror Flick. The idea is to get the empathy of the young audience. The girls scream. The guys are sympathetic. And almost everyone on the screen dies. This is a typical horror flick. A group of young people, always attractive, of course, goes off into the wilderness despite common sense. And, as is usual, they meet something much bigger than they are, something scary. When these worked they were funny. When they don't work they are usually still funny. This one really isn't all that scary. All of the ideas come from other films, they're just transplanted to the Mayan peninsula because that's where a lot of young people now hang out due to the liberal drinking age. In case this is your cup of deadly biological element I won't reveal the machinations that bring us to a quicker than usual conclusion.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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      The Ruins is a truly disturbing film that will not appeal to everyone. Especially the squeamish. Be warned. The unrated version is even more graphic than the theatrical version. A group of young folks take a trip into the remote jungle of Mexico to check out ancient ruins. Once there the nightmare quickly begins and doesn't let up. I will only tell you this is not what you would be expecting on your standard tourist excursion and after one viewing, you'll think twice before you set out on an adventure to ancient Mexico. Visually unsettling in every way, The Ruins is not for those who freak out easily. I can watch just about anything but at the end of the film, I was mentally drained.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not that scary


      THe movie was a great creative idea that really hasnt been done before. The acting wasnt amazing but it was fairly good. One thing about the movie is that when you figure out whats creepy about "the ruins" it sort of isnt scary anymore and instead of being a scary movie its almost a action film. So if your just watching the movie to get scared this inst really the best movie for you. But if you like a little scare and just love watching interesting movies this would be perfect for you.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      So-So Horror Movie


      I have to say that the plot of the movie is original and somewhat compelling, but the movie itself lacks environment. Over half the movie the characters are trapped in one spot which doesn't provide for alot of entertainment. Still, there were some parts that left you cringing which is good for any horror flick.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Grossly Underrated

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      A grossly underrated horror gem from 2008; this film is ahead of it's time. Now that micro budget, high concept horror films rule the cinema, 'The Ruins' came out just before the craze began. Any fan of slow-burn, dread drenched horror will find themselves shivering.

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    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Not scary at alllll


      I thought the movie was going to be scary but it wasn't at all the concept was good but the actors were okay but I thought the movie was filmed inside the ruins but thru the whole movie they were on top and not enough action on the inside of the ruins. very dissapointed

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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