A Netflix Original Movie
The beginning of this movie put me in a bad way. I was so upset at what happened, I had to text my daughter fussing about it. But I love when a story does that to me too. I get invested. The Ritual is a story about some plain bad luck, an opportunity for action, forgiveness and then some even worse luck.
The entire reason for this movie is misfortune. When five college friends wind up, minus one, they decide to follow through on their last conversation: Let's go hiking! But what was supposed to give tribute to a fallen mate winds up a fight for survival.
When the guys decide to cross a lush, Swedish landscape, to celebrate their friendship and honor a friend who'd died. It was supposed to be invigorating and eye-opening. Instead, it turns into a life or death situation of the most preternatural kind. They find themselves being followed, stalked, hunted.
The Ritual starts off strong, invoking emotions that I haven't felt in a long time- I wish I could say what irked me but it would offer up a SPOILER! And you know I don't do those. Anyway, I mostly felt anger in the beginning, but that's what a good movie's supposed to do right? Much like the women in The Descent, the fellas make decisions that are slightly foolish, and they know it! The choices made are what land them in seriously hot water. (Why don't they ever listen to me!)
The movie also goes deep into emotions like regret. You see what runs through our minds every day, sorta like an allegory without all the spiritualism and stuff. It's a good movie that wants to hand over a lesson, but guys don't ask directions- why listen to their Jiminy Crickets?
Anyway, the movie is really good and runs around 94 minutes. It's good but I had to admit, the ending was nothing like I imagined it would be. The FX are cool, the scenery plays with your eyes, but when you see, you see and jump up with the remote- pausing scenes. I know I did. LOL
Book written by Adam Nevill
Screenplay by Joe Barton
Directed by David Bruckner
Starred Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James Collier, Paul Reid and Sam Troughton
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