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"The Ring Two" stars Naomi Watts and David Dorfman reprising their roles as Rachel and Aiden Keller, a family plagued by Samara Morgan, a demon child that created a video tape after death that showed horrifying images and killed the viewers seven days after they watch it. The original was met with great praise, labeled by critics as the scariest movie since "The Exorcist" and "Rosemary's Baby", even though I didn't find it scary at all, just a good mystery. In "The Ring Two", Rachel and Aiden have moved to a new town, and evidence arises that a local death may have been caused by a mysterious video tape. This inspires Rachel, a reporter, to investigate.
Most critics don't like this film because it doesn't have the "atmosphere" of the original. Since I've read the books and now how vastly different the first is from the second, I didn't expect it to. You can't expect it to, anyway, seeing as how they have two different directors. I'm quite sure this movie would have been better if Gore Verbinski had been on to direct, but the studio hired the director of the Japanese film. It didn't work for "The Grudge" and it didn't work for this, but it turned out better than what I expected.
In "The Ring" the mystery of the video tape was revealed, including where it came from and the history of who made it. (Though I will admit, they could have explained it better. The book does.) In "The Ring Two", we know what there is to fear so all there is left to do is throw it at us and see what happens. They try something new though, that slightly resembles what occurs at the very end of the book, but is much different and happens in the middle. I didn't like how they just threw the idea of Samara being adopted at us. I wish they had explained it. They also kind of overexagerated on the water. After a fact about the villain is later revealed, it kind of makes sense but not really. I just hope fans react to "Dark Water" well when they see it. I also really liked the scene at the end with the well. There seems to be a scene like that at the end of both of them, one that shocks you and makes you flip out. (The first being where she crawls out of the TV.) All in all, it was a very cool movie, one of the better ones I've seen recently. I'd give it 10/10 because it did everything I thought it should. They did close it off, but I still expect a third. Why wouldn't they do it?
I am a fan of The Ring and was, unfortunately, VERY disappointed by this sequel. I was expecting there to be more continuity between this movie and the first and was hoping for more info. about Samara's life, death and motives. Instead, I found the storyline difficult to follow and very similar to the movie Dark Water.
[If you don't already know, Dark Water, The Ring, The Ring Two and The Grudge were all created by the same people. Although I believe there are storyline similarities between all 4 movies this one just felt like they ran out of ideas...there was NOTHING unique about it].
Many of the ideas/characters that were introduced during the movie were just dropped by the end and forgotten about. For example, there is a BIZARRE scene in which Rachel and Aiden are (literally) attacked by a herd of deer while driving down the road (sounds kind of far fetched, doesn't it???). Later Rachel finds numerous deer antlers in the basement of the old Morgan estate, but no true link between the events is ever established or explained. Worst of all there were some big differences in the "rules" between the first movie and this sequel. What we were led to believe about Samara and how she operates in the first movie just doesn't hold true in the sequel. I believe the only real continuity between the two films is the main characters. Everything else just fell short for me and the bizarreness of some of the scenes (like the attacking deer) kept it from being scary.
I was trying to decide if i should get The Ring 2 standard or unrated.
I hate getting unrated versions of movies, i like the theatrical... i dont see the point in getting the unrated when they only add material that they decided to cut out of the original release because it wasn't necessary or good.
Well, I got the standard one. It was full screen, which sucks. My widescreen tv actually formated it so that it made a little box on my tv.
The short film Rings wasn't included, which was a let down.
But most of all, the only thing they removed from the movie itself was character development. The Ring Two survives on the fact that the plot and characters keep it moving. Trying to speed it up to the action just makes the movie less enjoyable.
First of all, the original "Ring" movie is awesome. The movie was a good scare. I remembered my husband actually had nightmares after watching this. Anyway, the sequel starts off with Rachel and Aidan trying to start a new life in a remote Oregon town. Then some teenagers get a hold of the evil tape and everyone is thrown back into the grasp of Samara.
I'd say, it's not as good as the first but acceptable for me. Hopefully they wouldn't make a third one. I am happy that it ended -- oh wait... maybe they did set it up for another one ...sheesh!
First of all, the original "Ring" movie is Great. The movie was a good scare. The sequel starts off with Rachel and Aidan trying to start a new life in a remote Oregon town. Then some teenagers get a hold of the evil tape and everyone is thrown back into the grasp of Samara. I loved the second movie also. Was GREAT........
Six months after encountering Samara and her killer video tape, Rachel Keller and her son Aiden leave the city to live in a small rural town where they think they'll be safe. Soon after they arrive, however, Rachel hears about a college student who died nearby in circumstances similar to Samara's past victims. Now it appears that Aiden's life is in danger from Samara once more, and Rachel must investigate the little girl's past if she wants to save her son.
Once again great movie. Not sure if i like this one better than The Ring..
But do recommend both of them....
I bought a Ring Two dvd a few weeks ago. The special effects were fantastic, such as when the girl is trying to climb out of the well, very eerie!! I watched The Ring first, then Ring Two. I plan on getting the dvd that shows how it all started, I can't remember the name of it right off hand. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who likes scary movies and great special effects.
I agree with an earlier reviewer who said they thought this sequel was an improvement on the original. The production and special effects are good, and the principal actors perform without the tongue-in-cheek approach you find in e.g. the "Scream" movies. "The Ring Two" isn't outstanding, wouldn't win any awards and is pretty predictable; but am I sorry I bought it, "no"; would I buy it again, "yes" (at the price I paid on eBay). All in all, if you are into the horror genre of movies, and particularly if you saw the original Ring, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the sequel.
This movie was very scary to me. I decided to buy it because when I originally saw it on the dvd release the ending was damaged. I watched it on my HDtv which was nice. The special effects were really cool. There was some scenes with the little boy that made no sense to me if this was happening to me, I would say something, which is why I only gave it a GOOD rating. It lived up to the first one but the first one was really cool and very scary. Overall, I would recommend this movie. I definitely didn't watch it at night, too chicken I guess. Lol.
I don't want to get you upset, but it's not close as good as the first one!
It might be true more effects but you don't really get goose bumps like in the first part!
The actors are doing a great job but there is just something missing....
Rent it first.... before you buy ....