Detective Mathews (Donnie Wahlberg) is a hard edge cop who has two things on his mind. His son Daniel (Erik Knudsen) and the Jigsaw killer, whom he has a personal vendetta against. Matthews, his fellow detective Allison (Dina Meyer) and the SWAT team leader Rigg (Lyriq Bent) have now cornered "Jigsaw" aka John Kramer (Tobin Bell). During the raid upon his compound, three SWAT team members are severally maimed. Matthews confronts the man called "Jigsaw" and proceed to arrest him. John is gravely ill but before he is carted off Matthews learns from him that he has his son captive and in order to let him go all he has to do his sit down and have a nice chat. Being a hot head and seeing his on on a set of t.v. screens trapped some where in an unknown location along with several other people. The rules are simple and will Matthews follow them? Can the SWAT team find Daniel in time or is it too late?
This film is my favorite of the series. Detective Matthews is one of the best characters of the series and Donnie Wahlberg does an excellent job in portraying him. This film jump started his career as an actor instead of being known as a former member of New Kids on the Block and the older brother of Mark Wahlberg. Tobin Bell's role has been greatly expanded as the charismatic villain. The character Rigg is introduced. The cast of characters inside the house along with Daniel are a real eclectic bunch are drug addicts and riff-raff. I really enjoyed the traps and the storyline is complex and interesting. By far the best film of the series.
*1/2 out of **** "Saw II" is a sequel that really seems to make you appreciate whatever the original had to offer regardless of whether you actually liked it or not. "Saw", in my opinion, was a well constructed thriller. It placed two men in a sticky situation while in a tight space. What worked about it was that it was a bloody good time, packed with more thrills than I originally was led to expect. "Saw II", however, it a bloody disappointment. … more
Pros: Tobin Bell, strange concept Cons: some side characters overblown The Bottom Line: "Yes, that line forms on the right, babe Now that Macky’s back in town … " ~Kurt Weill/E. Bertolt Brecht/Marc Blitzstein I admit I was intrigued with the original, Saw, but like many of these types of movies, the sheep following after aren’t nearly as bad as the original black sheep. I … more
As true to the horror genre as the first 'SAW', 'SAW II' brings us back to the bloody depths of Jigsaw's intriguing games and puzzles, where blood is the price you pay for not playing by the rules. I am as pleased with this sequel as I was with the original, bringing blood and horror back to horror where it belongs. Hopefully, 'SAW III' will rise from the ashes of this grisly phoenix to entertain horror aficionados again. Detective Eric Matthews has cornered and caught John … more
Pros: Neat gore factor and imagination, mood and tone Cons: Everything else. The Bottom Line: A middling gore-fest. If that is your thing, then you'll like it, otherwise . . . find something else. Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. I tend to avoid reviewing anything that has more than 10 reviews when I pull it up. Sometimes, however, it is a good … more
What makes saw scarier and a better film than what's being released today is that it threatens more than your body; it threatens your mind too. What seems to scare people more than fake scary movies or make believe characters are people that are real and stories that feel even realer. In Saw it feels more possible for this to be done and this creates more fear and more thinking than you would get from a traditional scary movie. If you ask me Saw 2 is just as good as the first with the same intelligent … more
Theatrical release was heavily edited to receive an R-rating.
Production on the film lasted 25 days.
In SAW, a huge horror hit in 2004, a masked man called Jigsaw orchestrated the kidnapping of two people, chained them in a disgusting bathroom in an abandoned warehouse, and played vicious, brutal mind games with them that potentially could lead to their freedom. Jigsaw is back for more gory fun in SAW II, but this time he comes out from behind the mask to terrorize a troubled cop face-to-face. Tobin Bell reprises his brief role as Jigsaw in the first film with a major starring turn in the sequel. Dying of cancer, Jigsaw lets himself get caught, only to show Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) that his son, Daniel (Erik Knudsen), has been taken hostage with seven other people, all of whom have been placed in a house of horrors with only the slimmest chance of escaping with their lives. Jigsaw promises Matthews that Daniel will live only if the cop follows the rules of the game, but time is running out, as the captives' bodies have been poisoned with a toxin that will soon destroy them. Meanwhile, i...