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Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2008


"The Ruins" (Blu-ray)


A group of college kids on vacation in Mexico get invited to see the excavation of a Mayan village.

They anticipate fun, but instead get a dose of nature's violence.

A trap is sprung.

Evil is unleashed.

The party gets rough.

The vacation is over.


  • Dreamworks
  • 2008, Color, Unrated (R), 1 Hr 33 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English Dolby TrueHD
  • Directed by Carter Smith
  • Starring Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad


This is an Indie film, and it looks like one. The idea is sound, but the execution is mediocre. There is just nothing new in college kids and gore.


The picture quality is excellent, and the sound track is OK, but this is not enough when the movie is boring.


These include making of, director's commentary, deleted scenes, and other things.