April 28, 2010
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Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Writers: Darren Lynn Bousman/Leigh Whannell
Producers: Gregg Hoffman/Mark Burg/Oren Koules/James Wan/Leigh Whannell
Starring: Tobin Bell/Shawnee Smith/Donnie Wahlberg/Erik Knudsen/Franky G
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 91 minutes
Jigsaw is back. And more people will suffer. Detective Eric Matthews is investigating a crime scene, it’s soon obvious this was the latest victim of Jigsaw, the serial killer who like to play games with his victims. The bigger picture soon reveals eight people being trapped in a shelter filled with booby traps. They have to find a way out, die trying or die from the lethal nerve gas they breath over time.
“Oh yes…there will be blood!”
The first Saw was deadly and very clever but does Saw II follow in its footsteps? The story is great and it’s just as gripping as the first however, it isn’t as good. The characters were written well and all had a strong connection to the story as well as each other and watching them interact with each other made the movie that little bit better. The acting was brilliant and I have to give credit to Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell who play Amanda and Jigsaw, they brought their characters to life and made them believable. The actors and actresses did a fantastic job of making the audience feel for the characters and the situation they were in. The direction was just as good as the first and the script is also the same quality. The cinematography and the special effects were fantastically done and the traps were inventive. There are some scenes such as the traps, which are done brilliantly and the blood and gore and makeup is realistic but I’m afraid that it didn’t keep the mystery like Saw did. Don’t get me wrong, the ending was clever and wasn’t predictable but in the first Saw movie, you were asking questions such as “Who would do this and why?” but in this one, you just hoped they would survive. Also, it’s not as psychological or smart as the first one but it’s still pretty clever.
I enjoyed Saw II but I do prefer Saw. However, in saying this, Saw II is better than most horror sequels out there today. The greatest thing about the movie, even though you wanted the characters to escape, is the fact that you couldn’t help but feel sympathy towards Jigsaw because of the situation he is in. Also, Saw II manages to end unpredictably and adds a twist to the story. Overall, don’t see if you’re squeamish or scared of needles.
Saw II is a worthy sequel and it’s great but it isn’t better than the first, it just doesn’t have the same feeling of mystery. However, it’s still a great movie and for horror fans, it’s worth a watch.