2008   Australia, USA The Ruins
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Director:Carter Smith
Writer:Scott B. Smith, Scott B. Smith
IMDb Rating:5.9 (29,121 votes)
Awards:1 nomination
Genre:Horror, Thriller
Duration:91 min
Carter Smith  ...  (Director)
Scott B. Smith, Scott B. Smith  ...  (Writer)
Jonathan Tucker  ...  Jeff
Jena Malone  ...  Amy
Laura Ramsey  ...  Stacy
Shawn Ashmore  ...  Eric
Joe Anderson  ...  Mathias
Sergio Calderón  ...  Lead Mayan
Jesse Ramirez  ...  Mayan Bowman
Balder Moreno  ...  Mayan Horseman
Dimitri Baveas  ...  Dimitri
Patricio Almeida Rodriguez  ...  Taxi Driver
Mario Jurado  ...  Mayan Archer
Luis Antonio Ramos  ...  Mayan Rifleman
Walter Quispe  ...  Mayan Rifleman
Pauline Whyman  ...  Wailing Woman
Nathan Vega  ...  Mayan Boy
Graeme Revell  ...  Composer
Darius Khondji  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Something different. An angry temple that eats people; no over-sized half-wit with a chainsaw in this one. Instead we have blood thirsty shrubs with the ability to reproduce sounds they hear, like cell phones and screaming. They literally get under your skin and when you die they drag you away. If you scream they mock you.

There wasn't much particularly scary, but there were a handful of squirm in your seat moments. I like the trend in recent horror movies to keep the gore less gratuitous and more necessary to the plot. Quality over quantity.

J Tucker was a little miscast, I think, but the two girls were pretty good. A couple other bearded guys took up some space. They all suffer while we look on. It seemed a little odd that the group of kids would witness the vines kill, and drag one of them away, then the rest just go to sleep in one of the tents and get up the next morning ready for some more worries. Aside from that ....

Summary: 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.

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