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867 Ratings

Saw II

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
United States, Canada, 2005
Horror, Thriller


Detective Eric Matthews, along with fellow police officers and a SWAT Team, locate Jigsaw’s lair and go to arrest him, but discover that his easy arrest is only a part of Jigsaw’s plan. Matthews soon learns that eight people are trapped in an old house and are playing Jigsaw’s game.

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Saw II Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman

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  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Saw II

    James Wan vacates the director's chair and his absence is immediately felt: whereas Wan actually used the claustrophobia of the 1.85 aspect ratio to his advantage, "Saw II" tends to feel televisual. That said, while "Saw II" may not be as well directed as the original, the narrative here is more entertaining: the body count is higher, and Tobin Bell is afforded ample screentime as the gloating, malevolent Jigsaw.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Saw II

    A solid sequel that I put off too long; maintains the breakneck pace, frantic editing and dastardly writing of the original. In many ways, it has aged better than its predecessor; there are no unintentional laughs, and the melodrama is kept on a tight leash.

  • anarresti's rating of the film Saw II

    The formula was not enough. And it is kind of sad, and sadistic, to create entertainement like this. A good (bold) filmmaker would deconstruct things. Even if not to the extreme of Haneke's Funny Games. But as the series progresses, there seems to be a morality, a very stupid morality. And it's like the victims deserve to be punished. There's no patience for this. It seems like an excuse for the viewers' sadism.

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Saw II

    While I haven't cared for how stylized these films are, they have better writing than most give them credit for. I think Saw II, in particular, is like a twisted version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Saw II

    I like to watch horror movies from time to time. 'Saw II' attracted me because I was interested to see how the director had dealt with a concept that had worked fine the year before. While the first film was rather static, 'Saw II''s characters run through shady houses most of the time and the camera is shaking a lot. Jigsaw isn't described as the most contemptible character of the film. Reserved to fans.

  • André Vieira's rating of the film Saw II

    Honestly... it surprised me. A lot. The dirty cop is the perfect example of why you never actually root (that much) for the characters (with Daniel being the only exception where you actually want him to live) since the movie shows you all the crap they did in their lifetime.

  • Bob's rating of the film Saw II

    A worthy sequel, even though it feels more formalistic, even slasher alike, with the introduction of one group placed in dangerous setting, instead of exploring hitchcockian struggle of one or two individuals. Thus, it feels less intimate but it manages to fulfill each and every minute. And it puts into the spotlight the most iconic horror villain of the past decade.

  • Rabbit Room's rating of the film Saw II

    ...and then Darren Lynn Bousman comes along with a completely unrelated script that Lionsgate asks him to turn into "Saw 2," which unsurprisingly turns out to be the best film by far in the entire series. If this had been the original "Saw," the series' popularity would have made a lot more sense.

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