The Ruins (Unrated Edition)

Posted in: Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 12th, 2008

(out of 5)

Gino Sassani

Gino Sassani is a member of the Southeastern Film Critic's Association (SEFCA) and The Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF). He is a film and television critic based in Tampa, Florida. He's also the Senior Editor here at Upcomingdiscs. Gino started reviewing films in the early 1990's as a segment of his local television show Focus. He's an award-winning recording artist for Omega Records. Gino is currently working on his 8th album Merchants & Mercenaries. Gino took over Upcomingdiscs Dec 1, 2008. He works out of a home theater he calls The Reel World. Favorite films: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Body Snatcher (Val Lewton film with Karloff and Lugosi, not the pod people film), Unforgiven, Gladiator, The Lion King, Jaws, Son Of Frankenstein, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and Monsters, Inc.


  1. Sean Jester
    07/12/2008 @ 1:19 pm

    I watched it last night and was hoping to steal away the reviewing duties, but you did a fine job, Gino. I read the book and liked it and I think they stayed as true to the book as they could have. There were also a few good surprises and changes made to the script to shock the people who read the book, expecting to be on autopilot since they know what happens. The characters in the book were never really identifiable by anything other than their actions, although they did break down into “types”. The hero, the slacker, the book-smart girl, and the slut. I think this movie got a bit mis-marketed and it probably hurts that Turistas came out a few months before, even though they are similar looking movies, they are pretty different. Anyway, I really liked this film. It creeped me out and created a good sense of dread just like the book did. I highly recommend it.

  2. Gino Sassani
    07/12/2008 @ 5:49 pm

    Hey Sean,
    Thanks for the input. I really need to read the book. The Making of feature talks about how the characters were switched around from the book, along with other changes. Overall it was a pretty clever film. There’s a tad more on the film over in my Blu review at Didn’t know anyone else was planning the film,sorry. Good points.

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