Thursday, November 12, 2015

SAW II (aka Saw 2)

Saw II Movie Review

On the heels of the events from the original film the police have located Jigsaw killer John Kramer (the returning Tobin Bell), but they also discover eight more potential victims are locked in a building in an unknown locations--and the potential victims includes Detective Eric Matthews' (Donnie Wahlberg) son. Jigsaw tells Matthews the only way to save his son is if he sits and talks to Kramer until the game is over. The first sequel to Saw delivers in the blood and gore...

This guy has a key behind his eye
...but has a lot more holes and drawbacks than the first. The acting, which was no highlight in the first film, drops a few levels in this film, in particular the ever-popular Franky G, who brings with him the acting skills of your standard high school play extra.
The story, which was written and directed by newcomer Darren Lynn Bousman (the dynamic duo of Wan and Whannell was unavailable for this film, though Whannell did do some rewrites), gives us a more in-depth look at the background of John Kramer. We also find out that the first person to ever survive one of Jigsaw's traps, Amanda (Shawnee Smith of Becker fame), has partnered with Kramer. The death scenes are really brutal in this film, but, unfortunately, most of the characters are SO unlikable (especially Chavez, played by the aforementioned Mr. G) that you WANT them to be killed. As in the first film there is a fantastic twist ending, something that would be a staple in the series (though none of them live up to the awesomeness of the first). Saw II is not a bad horror film, but considering the film it followed and the films that would follow it, this one hangs out near the bottom on my list of favorite Saw films.
On A Scale Of On To Ten: 6
Saw II Movie Trailer

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