The Ruins

Theatrical Release: April 4, 2008
The Ruins


Six friends on vacation in Cancun go on an excursion to visit an archaeological dig near Coba. The friends include Jeff, a type A guy who is set to begin medical school in the fall; Amy, Jeff’s girlfriend, who is also set to begin medical school, and who is smart and emotional; Stacy, Amy’s best friend, an aspiring social worker whose nickname is “Spacy” and who is irresponsible and promiscuous; Eric, Stacy’s boyfriend, who is immature, and set to become a high school teacher; a fun-loving Greek guy who everyone calls “Pablo,” but who lacks a common language with any of the others; and Mathias, an intense, thoughtful German tourist. Mathias’ brother, Henrich, vanished shortly before the Americans and Greeks met Mathias–he met a beautiful Dutch archaeologist and decided to meet her at her dig, leaving a hastily drawn map for Mathias to follow in case he wanted to join him. The five others decide to accompany Mathias in his search for his brother, and take a bus to Coba for the day. Things immediately start to go wrong, as the group isn’t well prepared for the heat and insects, and the journey becomes creepy. The poorly drawn map leads them to a Mayan village, where the grievously poor inhabitants appear hostile to the foreigners. Further searching leads them to an almost-hidden trail that they follow to the ruins.

Dove Review

“The Ruins” will take its place besides many cheesy horror flicks. Classic and double cheese films like “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” and “Night of the Living Dead” are in the same lame class as “The Ruins. Four young Americans find themselves going out to an obscure Mayan pyramid with some German guy they just met the day before. Once there they immediately find themselves under attack, first by the locals and then by the evil lurking at and in the pyramid site. This entire premise is laughable, but I guess that is what makes a good cheesy horror flick. Director Carter Smith doesn’t disappoint horror fans that like their taste of violence. There is plenty of blood and gore to go around in this one.

In these “ruins” there is nothing worth saving. It’s a total loss in terms of a family-friendly film. There is way too much violence, sex, nudity and foul language for families to want to even consider seeing this one.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Oral sex insinuated; talk about oral sex.
Language: F-28; S-2; J-2; OMG-4; H-1
Violence: Man falls down a shaft and is badly hurt; man gets shot and half his head splatters all over the place; a young boy is shot and killed; people are attacked by plants; man cuts out plants from living woman’s body; woman cuts herself with knife, blood everywhere. Man cuts another living man's legs off; woman stabs boyfriend with a knife, blood all over.
Drugs: Drinking booze is shown in several scenes.
Nudity: Woman's breasts are shown; women in underwear shown.
Other: None


Company: DreamWorks
Director: Carter Smith
Producer: Chris Bender
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 91 min.
Reviewer: Dave Lukens