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Saw II (2005)

  Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman
Written by: Darren Lynn Bousman, Leigh Whannell
Starring: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Donnie Wahlberg
Links: Saw II on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Surprisingly satisfying" - a review by pearly

I really enjoyed the creative vision of the original Saw (2004), and hearing that a sequel was to be made, but that the two Melbourne-nobodies-who-made-it-big-with-the-first-one, aka James Wan and Leigh Whannell would not be at the helm this time, I was worried that those awful, awful Hollywood folk would grab hold of the concept and rip it to shreds, leaving only the vague and unsatisfying pieces behind. Instead, with Whannell coming onboard with writing duties, Saw II manages to take this film to the next level, in a really satisfying way that is not necessarily expected, yet seems perfect once its conclusion is reached. Saw II rivals its predecessor in terms of rating, and is not in any way a disappointment. By the end, even some of the remaining mysteries of the first film have been revealed for those with keen eyes.

In this installment, police man Eric (Donnie Wahlberg) is targeted by the vicious and evil genius Jigsaw (Tobin Bell). Following another series of gruesome murders, Jigsaw's hideout is found, and Eric and his team find a set of video monitors showing a group of people, including previous victim Amanda (Shawnee Smith) locked in a big old house together, again with a "little game" to play, that has been set out for them by Jigsaw. Eric must remain cool-headed in order to try to outsmart Jigsaw, but will he be able to do so when one of the others in the house is his son?

Saw II, like the original, is equal parts horror and psychological thriller. Part of the enjoyment is trying to figure out what's coming next; twists and turns in the story are definitely par for the course. This is most definitely where Saw II could have let its audience down: with an uninspired script that repeated the innovative elements of the last film, or failed to provide enough interest to keep its audience excited and curious. But, amazingly, Saw II manages all of this. It totally works as a thriller, and there are a couple more of those gruesome death games to send chills down your spine too.

Some of the cast leave a little to be desired, but there's enough characters in this one that a couple of bad apples don't spoil the whole barrel. Surprise, surprise, they've announced another sequel (Saw III (2006)), so we'll just have to wait and see whether this is where the series jumps the shark or not.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 17 Jan 2006

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Reader comments

  1. so we'll just have to wait and see whether this is where the series jumps the shark or not.

    What does this mean??

    A comment from Mum on Tue 14 Feb 2006 16:01 #

  2. See http://www.jumptheshark.com/ for explanation.

    A comment from nofreelist's own pearly on Tue 14 Feb 2006 17:00 #

  3. j

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from rf on Sat 18 Feb 2006 08:33 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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