Director: ADAM MARINO
Writer: NAMAN BARSOOM
Reviewed by JP Andrika
If you’ve ever worked with the public, you know the horror of it. Here, a young group of telemarketers (Josh Zuckerman, Alex Shaffer, Andrew Caldweli) find out they’re being fired by their supervisor (television legend, Lou Ferrigno). Plucky Amber (Kirby Bliss Blanton, THE GREEN INFERNO) conspires with a co-worker (Malcolm Goodwin) to take screenshots of the info of major clients to use to their advantage and start up their own venture. This, of course, doesn’t go in their favor.
RING RING is a modest, independent film despite showcasing decent cinematography and effects. The film picks up as our hero’s cellphone, (with the all-important customer info screenshots) goes missing after a night out. The disgruntled telemarketers use a tracking app to trace their stolen phone to a stranger’s address. They make the not so smart choice to break in and retrieve their stolen phone, a mistake they will regret.
This is where some of the writing becomes cliché. Amber prances around the house looking for the phone and our heroes predictably get locked in the house by it’s owner. At least we get some character development along the way since they have nothing better to do than talk to each other while trying to escape.
While the setup may be familiar, this isn’t a typical slasher film as advertised and will likely disappoint most slasher fans, though I managed to stick with it. One of the positives is I felt sympathy for our two characters held hostage and also the main protagonist, Thomas (JACOB KIJAS). Audiences will no doubt be divided by the rapid change of tone in the story when Thomas suddenly shows up.
The film has some good ideas and adequate production values, but overall, it’s a bit jumbled as it jumps from lighthearted comedy to skating close to torture territory. Those expecting a slick film home invasion slasher would probably do well to think twice about answering the call of this particular ring.