Delving deeper into Samara's origin might have sounded a great idea, but it took away much of the mystery and creepiness of the character. She went from being a murderous entity to a murderous girl looking for a mommy. I didn't find as bad as most of the people seem to, but it wasn't an improvement on the original either.
It relies solely on clichés and repetitions from the first one, not many explanations are done, a lot of things don't make sense, but it's not completely tasteless. It bored me halfway, though. Oh well, I just watched it to cross it off the list.
WHY did you have to ruin such a solid movie (The Ring) with this horrible sequel? I don't get it. Anyway, I'm pretty sure that the director just learned about special effects by the time he did this movie and got carried away. Geez, you're not Michael Bay.
It's interesting how they tried to delve deeper into Samara's origin. But when it was finally revealed, it's not interesting at all. The prologue scene felt so random and forced. Samara, the mysterious force in the first movie, became rather laughable here and only turned up to provide cheap jump scares. At least Naomi Watts, with her fabulous last line to Samara, makes this movie more bearable.