Movie Review: "The Ruins"

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Movie Review: \"The Ruins\"
I've been waiting for a good amount of time for an original, above average scare-fest, and "The Ruins" delivers. The great young cast never falters in their portrayal of terrified, confused, and desperate early to mid-twenties kids, who made the mistake of attempting to be cultural on their last day of their exotic getaway. The sheer terror on their faces is good enough for me to recommend this film, however, the gore, the violence, and especially the comic relief sprinkled throughout had some of the audience members at the theaters laughing aloud in some of the most suspenseful scenes. "The Ruins" is loads of fun. I enjoyed it immensely.

Jeff (Jonathan Tucker), Amy (Jena Malone), Eric (Shawn Ashmore), and Stacy (Laura Ramsey) are four friends enjoying themselves on vacation in Mexico. Basking on the beach under the wonderful sun, they are approached by another tourist, Mathias (Joe Anderson). Mathias tells them that he is here with a friend who has found an ancient Mayan temple, and he will be joining him tomorrow for an archeological dig. Asking the group if they would like to join -although hesitant at first- they all agree. So, on their final day of vacation, instead of laying on the beach relaxing, Jeff, Amy, Eric, and Stacy decide to join Mathias in visiting "The Ruins." As they arrive, they realize there is a reason that this temple is not on any map; it was an ancient sacrifice ground... As a matter of fact, it still is! Now, as the locals will not allow them to leave, these tourists must find a way to escape without being noticed by the locals, all while being pursued by an ancient evil that lies in "The Ruins."

Much better than I expected. "The Ruins" follows all the correct guidelines in making a successful (and still very good) horror film, while staying as far away from all the cliche filled crap that new horror films follow. Quite original, feverishly entertaining, and wonderfully terrifying, the scares are not few and far between, but instead constant. Jena Malone has been great in everything I have seen of hers, and she continues to mesmerize in her latest role. But what makes "The Ruins" better than other somewhat similar horror films of the recent past, is that Tucker, Ashmore, Ramsey, and Anderson all also have top-notch performances. These actors really did seem genuinely frightened!

Pat the Movie Critic gives "The Ruins" --- 3 1/2 Scoops.
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