group of American tourists who are
enjoying their all inclusive holiday down
in Cancun, Mexico decide to go and travel
to a ruin as a couple of people didn't
show up from a dig the night before and
tries to find a taxi to take them there
as they spot their vehicle but suddenly
they are terrorised by Mexican locals
while they go exploring in a jungle which
angers them when one of them named Dmitri
(Dmitri Baveas) takes pictures of them
and kills him. The rest of them run up to
a ruin nearby which is full of vines,
creepers and red flowers as these people
do not allow them to leave the place.
They hear a cell phone ringing at the
bottom of the well in the ruin and one of
them named Mathias (Joe Anderson) tries
to go down to retrieve it as he uses a
rope to climb down but it breaks and has
a serious accident by breaking his back.
While he is rescued, two of the people
named Amy (Jena Malone) and Stacy (Laura
Ramsey) go to the bottom of the well as
they spot corpses there plus the red
flowers seem to mimic any sounds
including a cell phone ringing and are
lured by these plants. Also a couple
of them seem to get a virus from these
plants as they grow inside of these
they are attacked by the carnivorous
creeping plants, they understand the
reaction of the Mayan villagers.
scene's with the main characters enjoying their
trip in Mexico as well as a nice
effective scene with both Eric and Stacy as
a couple rolling around and enjoying
themselves in their hotel room.
We have a good shot on
nasty Mexican locals surrounding them with their arrows and guns towards
them shouting to them in Spanish.
We have great intense reactions on these tourists after they shoot one of their
friends with an arrow and then running up
to the top of the ruin.
A good shot on Mathias tied up to go down to the bottom of the
ruin with Eric slowly pulling
him down along with a great shot on the
rope starting to break and everyone
panicking trying to lure him up. There's
a good shot on the rope broken off along
with a good shot on Mathias falling into the pit.
We have a good moment with Amy crying going to the bottom on
the ruin and Jeff assuring her they will get out safe which
looked really natural.
A good shot on Mathias lying there injured and speaking weakly.
We spot a great moment with Stacy trying to pick him up so her friends can
pull him up.
We spot great reactions on both Stacy and Mathias freaking out after
discovering that vines have grown on them
after taking off the cover on their
There's many nice dark camera shots on
both Stacy and Amy holding torches inside the ruins and
spotting the vines with good shots on the
passageways as well as them spotting a
body turned and then after turning it
revealing that it's corpse which looked
quite creepy. There's also a moment with Stacy slowly going to a flower from the vines
singing and about to touch it with
suddenly a noise breaking out and the
vines attacking which really makes you
jump and the two of them trying to
struggle away from the vines escaping.
A good camera angle shot on Jeff giving Mathias a belt to bite
on while he plans to saw his legs with
great gruesome shots on him doing that
too and him hollering in
pain. It's totally a great psychological
Many good camera shots on the
vines surrounding the main characters as well
as the vines moving in too.
We spot a good moment with Stacy losing her temper towards Eric and Amy accusing them of
having an affair and going into a rant
about it and then a good angle shot on Mathias lying down with the vines closing in on
him and crawling through his nostrils.
There's also a good shot with Stacy
plugging her ears after spotting the
flowers copying her aggression and
We have many good shots on Amy racing away in a jungle.
Bottom line is that The Ruins
was indeed a creepy film seeing these
vines act deadly against their victims
and it's also a look with tourists struck
between a rock and a hard place whether
to stay up and die in the ruins or take a
chance on escaping some bloodthirsty
Mexicans that have weapons killing anyone
trespassing on their land. The film borrows some elements with other
flicks like Saw and
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Except
no bodies were cloned but there were
plants invading them which looked similar
and more creepy too). It looked great on a couple of tourists
trying to figure out the inside of the
ruin and to be terrorised by these
flowers and vines but the plot weakens a
bit as it goes around in circles.
However, it is a real look on surviving
this madness where they're at during the
same time. It kinda gives you the creeps on what
happens if you leave your all inclusive
resort in Mexico by going to these place
since many parts of Mexico can be very
dangerous in which this film brings out
the horror of it adding some monstrous
elements on deadly plants living off a
The acting is not
too bad as lead actor Jonathan Tucker
(Jeff) showed a great seriousness to his role
and showed a good caring attitude too. He
stressed his words out very nicely too.
He had that guy next door looks to top it
off and portrayed what he had to do
Jena Malone (Amy) really showed good
crying emotions with her temper and
energetic through many of her scene's
especially towards the end. She put
everything she had into her role. A
great aggression with her towards the the Mexican locals
screaming at them and throwing stuff.
Laura Ramsey (Stacy) did well acting like a
basket case after the hell she goes
through in this film as well as acting
wild and crazy too. She made sure she
drew the audiences attention making her
part disturbing by what's going on. A nice painful reaction on her after cutting herself inside the ruin. A great raging reaction on her stripping off skin. Does well on the ground
sobbing and moaning to just kill her
which looked very realistic that she's in
alot of pain.
Joe Anderson (Mathias) knew his stuff as one
of the first victims to the ruin and
groaned very well along with acting weak
in pain and also does well yelping
There's a brief breast and
butt shot on Lauren Ramsey in
her hotel room
We spot a butt shot on Jonathan
Tucker after taking a shower in his
There are many
brutal cuts after someone falls into a
We see some gruesome looking corpses
Some vines are growing out of a couple
A guy's legs are sawed off
Many holes are cut open on a woman with
vines being pulled out
A woman strips open her skin with a knife
A guy is constantly shot with arrows
We hear many nice drum
rumblings throughout alot of the plots
with the low sounding classical music too
composed by Graeme Revell.
We also hear the odd screeching sounds
too with the vines creeping up etc. Plus
there's good jungle thumping sounds
during a forest chase close to the end of
Archeologist #2: Help me!
We're being quarantined here. We're being
kept here to die.
Did you find the phone?
Amy: It's not a phone!
Amy: No! There is no fucking
What's going on?
Stacy: My boyfriend is fucking
your girlfriend, that's what's going on!