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The Ruins (2008)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  4 April 2008 (USA)
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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.

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While on vacation in a resort in Mexico, the Americans Jeff, his girlfriend Amy, her best friend Stacy and her boyfriend Eric befriend the German Mathias in the swimming pool. Mathias invites the group to visit the ruins of a Mayan temple with his Greek friend Dimitri in an archaeological field where his brother Henrich and his girlfriend are camped eighteen kilometers from the resort. They hire an old taxi and when they reach the spot, they are surrounded by Mayan villagers armed of revolvers, rifles and bows-and-arrows that kill Dimitri and do not allow the group to leave the place. They climb a construction covered of creepers with red flowers, and remain under siege of the locals. When they hear a cell phone in the bottom of a well, Mathias decides to seek the apparatus using a rope that breaks and he has a serious accident breaking his back. Amy and Stacy go to the bottom of the mine to rescue Mathias and they find many corpses covered by the climbing plants; further, they ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Terror has evolved.

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Rated R for strong violence and gruesome images, language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£123,507 (UK) (20 June 2008)

Gross:

£123,507 (UK) (20 June 2008)
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The scene in which Mathias's amputated legs are dragged away by the vines was the first scene given to the visual effects crew, and the last to be finished by them. See more »

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Archeologist #2: [She is sobbing, then begins to scream:] Help me! Somebody, help! Somebody! Help! Help me!
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Solto O Frango
Written by Pedro D'Eyrot, Rodrigo Gorkys (as Rodrigo Gorky), Diplo (as Thomas Pentz) and Marina Vello
Performed by Bonde do Rolê
Courtesy of Domino Recording Co., Ltd.
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Stupidity ruined the Ruins
11 June 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I certainly hope the book this is inspired from is better than this poor attempt at an horror flick. I remember a quote from Stephen King on the cover saying this was "the best horror novel of the new century". The movie makes me doubt that very much but who knows. Books are indeed almost always better than their film adaptation. The funny thing is that the screenplay is attributed to the writer of the book, Scott Smith. My main beef here was that the characters, particularly the girls, acted too stupidly. Some of it can be explained away by nerves or growing insanity but still. My other big problem was with the menace of the ruins. I didn't buy it. It felt ridiculous. Perhaps it's less of a problem imagining it while reading the book, perhaps. There were a couple of horrific scenes that worked really well (one medical involving legs) but a few effective scenes do not make for an overall satisfying horror experience. The acting was mundane with the actor playing Jeff being way too stiff and unemotional. This is worth a rental at best when there is nothing better left to see in the horror section.

Rating: 3.5 out of 10


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