Direction wise it is better than the original with a stronger cinematic feel, better edits and a tighter grip on effects and the blood, but there exist no chemistry between Jacob and Bella and everything that happens in the middle of the film drags on like syrup. Over-dramatic because all young love is more important than anything else in the world and tension builds up but nothing happens in the end.
I'm obliged to give credit where credit is due. There is one good thing about this film: eye candy. Plenty of pointless eye candy. Not that I complain, something had to be compelling about the movie, and that was it. The writing is amateurish, the characters moronic and the story dull and insipid. So, even though I'm all for eye candy, when gawking at abs is the most engaging part of the movie, something's wrong.