Jigsaw the diabolical criminal who captured the imagination of horror fans in the 2004 hit Saw returns in this equally bloody sequel. Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) is a police detective who after discovering the aftermat... more »h of a particularly gruesome murder is convinced that Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is up to his ugly tricks again. Matthews's hunch turns out to be correct but the master criminal proves to be disconcertingly easy to capture. As it happens Jigsaw is eager to be put behind bars in order to throw the authorities off his trail as he once again punishes people who in his eyes have transgressed the boundaries of acceptable moral behavior. But instead of trapping two people in a filthy dungeon where they must engage in a terrible contest in order to win their freedom eight people have been locked away by Jigsaw and they must torture their bodies and minds to achieve the terrible justice Jigsaw seeks. Saw II was written by Leigh Whannell who also scripted the first film. ~ Mark Deming All Movie Guide System Requirements:Run Time: 102 minsFormat: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: HORROR Rating: R UPC: 031398203452 Manufacturer No: 20345« less
Gareth Mc Bride | Lynnwood, WA United States | 02/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The diabolic Jigsaw is back in the follow up to the smash "Saw" which came out of nowhere to become one of the biggest grossing horror films of all time. Not content to rest on the mayhem he created in the first film, Jigsaw is back kidnapping those he deems unworthy of life, and forcing them to earn their lives back in a series of brutal and bizarre games, where death is all to often the result. The sequel picks up shortly after the events of the first film where Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) is investigating yet another victim. The fact that the victim is missing a puzzle shaped piece of skin leaves no doubt as to who is behind this killing, and Matthews and his task force set up their efforts to stop the killer before he can strike again. A sudden inspiration leads Matthews and his team to a factory where they soon discover Jigsaw amongst all of his toys and traps. The frail Jigsaw is dying from a terminal illness, and he reveals to Matthews that he has a game underway, one where a group of people are trapped in a remote house filled with traps that are also filling up with a deadly gas. Only those who can survive the traps and decipher the clues will be able to locate the antidotes and survive the mayhem. Matthews is even more determined to find the locale of the house as his son is one of the individuals trapped inside slowly dying from the poison. Matthews and his team can see what is happening in the house via a video monitor and while the team attempts to determine the location and save the individuals, Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), plays a dangerous game with Matthews as he attempts to interrogate him for information. The film moves back and forth from the interrogation to the individuals trapped in the house and keeps the tension going. While not as claustrophobic or as gory as the original, "Saw 2" benefits from an interesting premise and a rousing finale that sets the stages for the pending "Saw 3". Some may find a bit of issue with the pacing as it does not contain as the tension and scares are scarcer than they are in the first release. Solid performances throughout makes "Saw 2" a cut above most horror films and is not to be missed by fans of the original. Bonus Materials Include Commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman, Donnie Wahlberg and Beverley Mitchell Jigsaw's Game Making-of Featurette Bits and Pieces: The Props of Saw II Bits and Pieces: The Traps of Saw II Featurettes Storyboards 4 stars out of 5 Gareth Von Kallenbach "
Saw II--The Reprieve
M. Dupre | Port Orchard, WA | 07/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you liked "Saw," you'll like #2. Twists and turns, revelations and plots, plots-within-plots, and a resolution that begs for Saw III.
I liked it, especially late at night with a cold drink and some popcorn."
Alot Better than the Original
Cena John | Lousiana,MO USA | 01/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dont get me wrong I loved the first one I own it and watch it all the time, but I went see this in theaters and I was just blown away.I didnt think this woulda beat the first one but the first 10 min I said here we go Im in for a ride here and I was, this movie explains it all, the whole saw killings all the reasons why jigsaw became jigsaw and o yea the ending with the 2 diff twists, and I aint guna spoil it, jus when this comes out on DVD buy it, you will love it.
Overall: 5 out of 5.......Brilliant"
"Saw II" is an impressive sequel!
Kris King | Malone, NY USA | 10/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Saw II" is an impressive sequel! This is a solid follow-up to the original "Saw" (2004). The cast led by Tobin Bell as John / Jigsaw and Shawnee Smith as Amanda (who, both reprise their roles from the original) is great. The directing by Darren Lynn Bousman (who also wrote the screenplay) is great. The story & screenplay by Leigh Whannell (who starred in the original as Adam and also wrote the screenplay to the original) & Darren Lynn Bousman (who also directed) is excellent! The music by Charlie Clouser (who also did the music to the original) is excellent! The cinematography by David A. Armstrong (who also did the cinematography to the original) is great! The film editing by Kevin Greutert (who also did the film editing to the original) is great. The casting by Stephanie Gorin (who also did the casting to "Godsend" (2004) & Amy Lippens (who also did the casting to the original "Saw" (2004) is great. The production design by David Hackl is great! The art direction by Michele Brady is great! The costume design by Alex Kavanagh (who, most recently, did the costume design to "George A. Romero's Land Of The Dead" (2005) is great. This is an impressive follow-up to a horror movie original. This is just as inventive as the original "Saw" (2004) was, or is! This movie will keep you guessing until the very end!"
Better than the first
S. Norman | brooklyn center, mn United States | 10/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though not perfect, I thoroughly enjoyed saw 2. I originally was going to wait until it came out on dvd, as I thought it would be the exact same as the first. This is a very different film! First, I feel this movie can stand completely on it's own merits. No need to see SAW first. Second, I felt this had way more plot. Yes, it could have developed the main characters more. I wonder if the extended version will correct this. You get much more of the history behind jigsaw, not that it tries to garner any sympathy....there are a couple of plots holes, but on the whole II is more clever than I by far. Some events are predictable, but I almost feel they were put there for the audience to identify with. You feel like YOU are playing the game! The audience actually broke into spontaneous applause at the end of the movie, which does NOT happen much these days (at least in the movies I see) I thought the ending could have been a little better, but if you see the movie you'll understand why they ended it the way they did. For those who prefer their movies wrapped up in a neat bundle at the end, this movie is NOT for you! Please don't bring your kids or siblings....one dad towed his shellshocked 8 year old out of the theater. I'd hate to pay for his future counseling sessions...."