Decided to call it a day after my morning appointment and go see The Ruins. I enjoyed the book for the most part and thought (while reading it last summer) that it would be easy to make it into a movie. In fact, it seemed written with the silver screen in mind. Just need a group of stupid college kids, a jungle ruin with some vines, a tent, and some Mayan-looking people. BOOM! movie…
I’m easy to please when it comes to this kind of “horror” set up so I did enjoy the movie. It follows the book fairly closely with the exception of a few minor character alterations (and how they meet their fate) but be ready for a totally different ending. I much prefer the book’s conclusion and would hope they include alternate endings on a DVD release.
Anyway, definitely a thumbs up from me for a treat on a rainy afternoon with a bag of popcorn, a soda, and a quiet cell phone for 90 minutes.
I haven’t seen it but was surprised to read in a review that the author of the book wrote the screenplay. Maybe not as bad of an example as “Johnny Mnemonic,” but proof once again that having the author involved doesn’t mean the movie will be good.
The Greeks showing at after she drove away to safety was dumb. That worked in the book because we knew exactly what their fate was going to be…the cycle was going to start again, with the mayans setting up camp, making a perimeter, etc… That’s cool. But the stupid girl driving away to safety (and unknowingly bringing some of the vine out to the “wild”) drew off any of the dread you’d have felt for the Greeks since she’s obviously going to go to the authorities and they’ll come and save them. Bah.
Of course the Mayans are doing the right thing by keeping the evil vines contained so maybe the “getaway” means there’s going to be a Ruins 2 with it spread over the world, like Day of the Triffids, with pockets of survivors trying to stay alive… that would be cool :)
Well, I guess the reason it didn’t bug me is that I read it that she would be spreading the vine beyond the quarantine zone, which would make the movie’s ending even more bleak than the book’s. But whatever. I can see why people wouldn’t like it.