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Saw 2
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"Less Story, More Gory."
2 stars

This movie is perfect for those people who thought the original "Saw" was too well-acted.

Saw 2 certainly follows the rules of sequels as laid out in Scream 2 - the body count is higher, the death scenes are more elaborate, Tori Spelling has a cameo...oh, wait.

The original Saw was another in the popular subculture of movie where the serial killer has a budget of untold millions and is able to construct elaborate machines of ultimate terror without attracting attention or requiring the help of skilled union workers. The rest of the characters in the movie existed solely to fall into the aforementioned traps, all based around the seven deadly si...whoops, wrong movie. Since Cary Elwes was too busy deciding what accent to mangle next, (I vote Spanish!) he declined to return for the sequel. So in this movie we focus more on the Jigsaw killer, who was a mere spectre in the first film.

The police manage to capture Jigsaw pretty early on in the film - probably thanks to an anonymous tip from the casting director of the film, who realised that the guy playing the killer was the only one with any acting ability. He then matches wits with Donnie Wahlberg, which is not exactly "Clash Of The Titans", intellectually speaking. Donnie has a personal interest in the case, as his son is trapped in a death house of Jigsaw's creation along with 7 other people drawn from "Luigi's House Of One-Dimensional Characters". There's the angry guy with muscles, the sweaty guy in a suit, the creepy dude in a hood, three girls, and the wise janitor. They have one dimension to play, and the actors even manage to screw that up. Nevertheless, they are all interconnected in some way, and that may hold the key to getting them out before the poison gas that's seeping through the ventilation system kills them all.

Once again, we find ourselves in a film where everything could be resolved after about 10 minutes of discussion, but sadly, the first obvious connection we see between the 8 people is that they are all dumb as a bag of hair. I realise that the filmmakers are operating within a genre famous for its idiotic characters (The Horror Movie Victim: Wandering Off Alone Since 1975!), but any attempt to solve the mystery laid out by Jigsaw is immediately jettisoned in order to make room for more shouting at each other.

One of the things I liked about the original is that you could honestly see the characters trying to solve the mystery. The audience may have been one or two steps ahead at times, but the main characters were never that far behind. Here, no attempt is made to solve anything - the audience is already waiting outside the death house while the cast is still trying to figure out whether or not the floor in the house is maple or oak.

In scene after scene, the characters run after each other, stumble into the death traps, and act unbalanced. It's too bad Jigsaw was in custody - he probably would have grown so frustrated by the stupidity of his victims that he would have started whispering hints over the house PA.

"Now, remember what I said about the numbers? Yeah? Any thoughts on that? Guys, can we have a discussion here? Creepy Dude In The Hood, you had a question?"

The gore in this movie is impressive in its sheer volume - with movies like this and the upcoming Hostel, it's a good time for people who want to see what the inside of an eyeball looks like.

In the end, it's a cash-in on a previously successful movie, and if this does well financially, it sets up Saw III quite adequately. If the public was looking for a horror franchise now that Friday the 13th and Nightmare On Elm Street have faded into memory, I guess they could do worse. But not much.

Of course, at the end there's the inevitable twist ending that makes you rethink the entire movie that you just watched. I think they're still trying to explain it to the characters in the movie. "No, see, what happened was..."

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originally posted: 10/29/05 03:43:10
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User Comments

2/20/17 morris campbell the best in the series rough&raw 4 stars
8/24/16 Matt Gross but effective. 3 stars
4/05/16 Charles Tatum Wasn't much interested in the series after this sleepy sequel 3 stars
3/02/10 Stanley Thai I was expecting much more than just deaths and more people and twists. 2 stars
2/16/09 action movie fan a good sequel=interesting scary predicament 4 stars
10/27/08 Sugarfoot I liked this entry simply because I got to know Jigsaw and his victims. 4 stars
7/22/08 David V Decent enough, but it's too bad Jigsaw became a grandfather figure. 3 stars
10/24/07 lolz AAAAHH SCARY BUT FUNNY O.o 4 stars
3/20/07 Brandi Pranger awsome to watch 5 stars
3/17/07 Justin P Hated it, was the worst movie ever until Saw 3 came out 1 stars
12/07/06 Angel Chavez Better than the first! 5 stars
11/14/06 Drew Galletti Best one in the series 4 stars
11/09/06 Dark Enchantress i love the saw movies alot! This one was ok...it could of been better, but ok 5 stars
11/07/06 Divin' in Needles Two Saws Up 4 stars
11/06/06 Drew Best one in the trilogy 5 stars
11/02/06 David Pollastrini good gore. Beverly mitchel is hot! 5 stars
11/01/06 Patsyc I liked it. It was very suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. 5 stars
10/29/06 Bitchflaps Really poor 1 stars
10/29/06 Anthony Feor It has bloody deaths, What else ya got? 2 stars
10/27/06 Teanna Wow this movie was awesome and took a surprising turn at the end. WAY BETTER THAN THE FIRST 5 stars
8/16/06 Stanley Thai It's a bad movie that took a HUGE drop from the original. 2 stars
8/01/06 dan no way near as good as saw 1 3 stars
7/23/06 Samuel Pretty F'n awesome...I still thought the origional was better, but this is a fine sequel... 4 stars
6/26/06 raul valdez Jr as good as the first but not better 5 stars
6/04/06 katie A really great movie and just a little bit better than the first one. 5 stars
4/25/06 Logan Horberg This movie kicked so much ass! 5 stars
4/23/06 curtis it was pretty good i liked it....i like the 1st one too 4 stars
4/03/06 Mike Amazing,unpredictable,couldn't have guessed the ending if I tried,cant wait for saw 3 5 stars
3/17/06 Indrid Cold Less coherent and interesting than the original, but still decent Hollywood horror. 3 stars
2/26/06 Danny Not nearly as suspensful as the first one, but still pretty good for a horror film. 4 stars
2/19/06 B "Stylish" sadism = cool!!! So do pseudo-philosophical one-liners and absurd plot twists!!! 1 stars
2/18/06 Elisabeth Eagle Was a great movie in my opinion 5 stars
2/15/06 Rebecca D. Brothers It was an awesome movie with plenty of gore and suspense! Way better than the 1st. 5 stars
1/03/06 alice nothing new 3 stars
12/31/05 metalhead I didn't see the first one so I can't compare them, but i thought it was ok. 4 stars
12/12/05 Mike First was OK B-Movie, this one makes Cube Zero look like Oscar winning material. 1 stars
11/25/05 CONSTANTINE ONCE AGAIN... AWESOME, may've had a few plot, but makes up for it in the end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/21/05 Kurtis J. Beard Stay away. Stay very far away. I wouldn't touch this film again with a 10 ft pole. 1 stars
11/20/05 Stewart Amen, Jason Whyte. This movie only exists to promote pornographic violence. Evil garbage! 1 stars
11/20/05 Evil Wolfie Haha. She fell into a pit full of syringes. 4 stars
11/19/05 Bestit I liked the first (good, not great), but this one was just total crap. 1 stars
11/19/05 Moctezuma I thought it was great 5 stars
11/17/05 malcolm repulsive but fun. actually reminded me more of 'Cube' than 1st 'Saw.' 3 stars
11/17/05 Jabber Crappy, uninspired sequel. Lame-as-hell. 1 stars
11/17/05 CONSTANTINE AWESOME, Enjoyable as the 1st! Shawnee Smith was HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/16/05 Littlepurch Not as gd as the first but stil loved it.Clever ending, as ever, and Jigsaw was v menacing. 4 stars
11/15/05 Adrian Enough for fans of the first to be happy, but it doesn't live up to Saws novelty factor. 4 stars
11/14/05 JC This movie is not a fucking horror movie!!!! It's more like a suspense. 5 stars
11/12/05 cypress loved it, i would have preferred a different ending, but great movie! 5 stars
11/12/05 kanita ruined the 1st one like most sequels...vry stupid twist looked like they just bsed the end 2 stars
11/11/05 Dan Smith As good as the first, just in a spine tingling different way. 5 stars
11/06/05 blowsky how can anyone like this crap, looks like 7th graders wrote it 1 stars
11/05/05 jeff not as good as first. 3 stars
11/04/05 ew a good film 4 stars
11/03/05 Meryl I love you, screenwriters of the SAW series. I love you. 5 stars
11/03/05 Agent Sands Not nearly as scary or well-written as the original. But it is VERY GORY, which is good. 4 stars
11/03/05 Lowell Sucked big, fat, hairy donkey nuts!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
11/01/05 Roy Smith A minor drop from the orginal not a plummet like Ring 2. 4 stars
11/01/05 me a great film 4 stars
11/01/05 Skellington I like this the first time I saw it...when it was called CUBE!!! 2 stars
11/01/05 jcjs funny but no one was laughing, stupider than one, Tobin neat, great for 3rd graders 4 stars
10/29/05 bff a great film 4 stars
10/29/05 Jake Weinberg has no taste. Saw II is "worth a look"? Umm...no. 2 stars
10/29/05 Jacobee SAW TWO IS OFF DA CHAIN!!! 5 stars
10/28/05 Crumbcake brianorndorf gave ELIZABETHTOWN five stars...that says it all. 5 stars
10/28/05 Darren Shea A worthy sequel. It trades much of the stark creepiness of Saw for a more complex story 4 stars
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