The Ruins



So two weeks in a row I have gone out to the local megaplex, last week I was pretending to be scared so my girlfriend would hold me tight while watching Dawson’s Creek meets Ringu (see my shutter review) however this week I went to see the movie about killer vines. Yeah, vines.

The Ruins.

So, if you don’t know anything about The Ruins yet, here’s the deal…four American tourists head out to Mexico and are on their second to last day of vacation when they begin to feel bored with their constant drinking and decide to look for something a little more “cultural”. Jeff (Jonathan Tucker), Amy (Jena Malone), Eric (Shawn Ashmore) and Stacy (Laura Ramsey) meet a creepy German named Mathias (Joe Anderson), (who at first seems like he is setting the four up hostel-style…when he mentions this uncharted Mayan ruins that he is going to go look for his brother at and they should come along). but in the long run I guess he is just a friendly guy as he means no harm. Anyway, after a night of debauchery, the four Americans, Mathias, and some Greek dude they randomly hooked up with all head out to the ruins. Once they approach their destination, some local Mayans attack the crew and hold them hostage on the ruins (or kill them as they attempt to leave the ruins) and a bunch of crazy vines talk to the kids, molest the kids, pretend to be electronic appliances, eat legs, and eventually kill off nearly everyone.

I will be the first to admit that the premise of the ruins sounds fucking stupid-that said, I actually had quite a good time watching it. It’s gory, it’s scary, and the sound was fucking awesome. I sat in the back row and at times the sound was so creepy it sounded like the vines were in the theater with me. That said, they didn’t look real good, they looked comparable to plastic decorations you would find at Wal-Mart. It’s not the vines that attract your attention here, it’s the mood. All four of the leads are great and you really feel like you are stuck there with them in this ordeal. It’s great, I can’t imagine I would watch it again, but it is great.

Graeme Revell’s score is great, Carter Smith’s direction is awesome, and Scott Smith’s screenplay (based on his own novel) gives you the cramped feeling you get from watching The Descent without actually cramping the actors and/or their roles.

All in all, if you think it looks kinda good, you’ll probably dig it.


Charlie “Four Americans on vacation don’t just disappear!” Brown


~ by exploitnation on April 9, 2008.

4 Responses to “The Ruins”

  1. my grandmother read the book and, since the theatre release, has been pressing me to get out and see it for her.

    good to know it may live up.

  2. Yeah, you should go see it because it is nice to do things for your grandma.

  3. when you say it “may live up”…do you mean The Ruins or your Grandmother?


  4. oh, andrew, you know i only refer to my kids as “it”.

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