The Ruins On the last day of their Mexican vacation, two sexy, obnoxiously overprivileged post-collegiate couples pay a visit to a Mayan pyramid. At the foot of… The Ruins On the last day of their Mexican vacation, two sexy, obnoxiously overprivileged post-collegiate couples pay a visit to a Mayan pyramid. At the foot of… 2008-04-04 R PT91M Horror Mystery and Thriller Jena Malone Jonathan Tucker Shawn Ashmore Laura Ramsey Paramount Studios
Movie Review

The Ruins (2008)

MPAA Rating: R
Jena Malone, Laura Ramsey, ... | A VINE MESS Jena Malone (left) and Laura Ramsey in the lifeless, pretty young things in deathly peril flick, The Ruins
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A VINE MESS Jena Malone (left) and Laura Ramsey in the lifeless, pretty young things in deathly peril flick, The Ruins
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Apr 04, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 91 Minutes; Genres: Horror, Mystery and Thriller; With: Jena Malone and Jonathan Tucker; Distributor: Paramount Studios

On the last day of their Mexican vacation, two sexy, obnoxiously overprivileged post-collegiate couples pay a visit to a Mayan pyramid. At the foot of the ruins, they're surrounded by locals who threaten them with machetes and guns and bows and arrows — but once they scurry to the top, they realize that they're being forced into quarantine. The real threat is the pyramid's evil twisty killer vines, which sprout what look like oversize, mildewed marijuana leaves and invade the body like IV drips from hell. Adapted from a much scarier novel by Scott Smith (A Simple Plan), The Ruins is lumpish, static, and obvious. It's a gringos-go-home cautionary fright flick done in the spirit of a cheap '50s horror movie, except that it leaves you longing for the competence of grade-Z studio-system trash. The film barely comes to life outside of several gory mutilation scenes, including one shockingly gratuitous double-leg amputation performed as a desperate act of survival — an unnecessary effort, really, given how little the audience has invested in whether any of these chuckleheads lives or dies. C-

Originally posted Apr 04, 2008 Published in issue #987 Apr 18, 2008 Order article reprints
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