The Grudge 3
It's amazing how much of
a phenomena that the Grudge series has become in Japan and The
Grudge 3 is the continuation of this story, however it is based on
the Western remake which originally starred Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The current instalment
of The Grudge 3 loosely follows from the previous movie which revolves
around Naoko, a young woman who has come from Japan to Chicago to end
this curse once and for all. Unfortunately the survivor of the previous
movie Jake is being tortured by these restless spirits due to the
"curse" or as the Japanese so eloquently say, "Ju-on".
Jake's carer, Dr.
Sullivan attempts to investigate this phenomenon and of course meets
Naoko whose mission is "simple", end the curse that has plagued and
killed so many by either destroying or putting these spirits to rest.
sisters in the building, Lisa and Rose have also been targeted by these
vengeful spirits and now Naoko's role is more important than ever.
Featuring the same scares, special effects and that horrible sound
effect from the previous movies, The Grudge 3 is an interesting
affair that although attempts to distance itself from the previous
films, seems a little lost in the grand scheme of things.
Another downfall of
The Grudge series is that some elements appear lost in translation
which is a shame and more explanation would have made the movie more
watchable, enjoyable and scarier. For instance, the original story was
quite steeped in Japanese ghost stories which is taken for granted by
all involved in the Western remakes.
Although there are quite
a few unexpected scares here and there in The Grudge 3, once
again the creators leave it open for another movie which is a shame and
unfortunately damages the original premise.
In relation to video,
The Grudge 3 is presented in glorious widescreen with sharp images
and good uses of colours that is equally matched with Dolby Digital 5.1
surround sound for that true "scary" experience. At the end of the day,
The Grudge 3 is not a bad movie but it's not good either... how