The Grudge 3 DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 6.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time: 88
Classification: MA15+
Reviewer:
James Wright

6.0


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.

Unfortunately two 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 unfortunate.






 
 



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