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The Ruins (2008)

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Commentary 1: Director Carter Smith and editor Jeff Betancourt Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on July 21st, 2008:Find all reviews by The Cubist
This was Smith’s first feature film and he talks about how he got the job while Betancourt prompts him with questions to keep things moving. Smith points out that the film was actually shot in Australia with all of the locations used within an hour radius. They wanted to avoid casting WB television stars and pick actors who weren’t big stars. Smith and Betancourt cover the usual topics, like the look of the film and the differences between it and the novel. This is a decent if not unremarkable yak track.
Reviewed by britwrit on March 20th, 2009:Find all reviews by britwrit
I guess I have to mildly disagree with the last reviewer. I found this commentary decent and.... somewhat interesting. In any case, it was enough for me not to regret buying this film, which I found only so-so.

While you get the standard hosannas of praise for the various members of the production crew, the director seems modest enough to realize that he hasn't made Grand Illusion. Added in that they do go into the production details, comparing the script to the novel on which it was based, this all makes the commentary worth 90 or so minutes of your time.