A pyramid scheme...
I fell for The Ruins, then, and am still fascinated by it. First, though it was shot in Australia, the story takes place in Mexico. It’s an immersive experience, and it’s leveraged by scenes shot in and around an ancient pyramid. Second, there are two sets of antagonists; the locals, ready to shoot everyone who comes in contact with the pyramid, and the pyramid itself, that won’t let you leave.
So, the moment you visit this thing, you’re pretty much fucked. If you weren’t xenophobic, now you are. If you never had some kind of fear of travelling, now you do. I wish I’d written the novel this is based on myself. It’s brilliant on screen and I can only imagine what it was on the page. I don’t want to spoil what actually goes on in the pyramid, but it’s unprecedented...
The actors are on top of their game, however modest their resume. They make you believe you’re right there with them. The script is tight and efficient. Some moments will petrify you. Director Carter Smith and Scott B. Smith, who wrote the book and the screenplay, kept their film mysterious while showing the threat several times. They hit that perfect balance few horror filmmakers have.