Saw II


Saw II

Critics Consensus

Saw II is likely to please the gore-happy fans of the original, though it may be too gruesome for those not familiar with first film's premise.



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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 aftermath of a particularly gruesome murder, is convinced that Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is up to his ugly tricks again. Matthews' 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, Rovi

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Tobin Bell
as Jigsaw
Donnie Wahlberg
as Eric Mason
Noam Jenkins
as Michael
Franky G
as Xavier Chavez
Kelly Jones
as Swat Member Pete
Vincent Rother
as Swat Member Joe
Linette Robinson
as Mother in Cancer Ward
Gretchen Helbig
as Nurse in Cancer Ward
Kofi Payton
as Boy in Cancer Ward
John Fallon
as Video Techie
Ho Chow
as Security Officer
Conrad Coates
as Additional Voice Talent
James Gallanders
as Additional Voice Talent
Sam Malkin
as Additional Voice Talent
Robin Ward
as Additional Voice Talent
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Audience Reviews for Saw II

  • Dec 22, 2015
    The sequel which I my personal opinion is better than its predecessor, it might be gorier but that's not why I like it. I love this film because it is well written and has the best performance by Tobin Bell as Jigsaw who in this film is just captivating. The music by Charlie Clouser is just outstanding, the intense electronic score is so distinctive that when you hear in another film you know something bad will happen. The twist at the end will leave if you off guard and will make you faint. I give this film 10/10.
    Sonny H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2015
    Gruesome and ultraviolent, Saw II takes the series into torture porn territory. This time criminal mastermind Jigsaw has trapped 8 people inside of a house and exposed them to a deadly nerve gas, and to get the antidote each of them must complete a task that's been specifically designed for them. Starring Donnie Wahlberg, Shawnee Smith, and Tobin Bell, the casting is pretty good. However, the characters aren't that likable or sympathetic; which is probably intentional as Jigsaw has been rewritten as an antihero who's punishing wicked people for their wrongdoings. Yet as gratuitous as the violence is, there's a strange morbid fascination to the traps. And, director Darren Lynn Bousman does a great job at building suspense. Though Saw II goes more for exploitation than horror, it still delivers plenty of frightening thrills.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2015
    Saw II ups the ante set in the first film and seems to care much less about being "arty" and more typical gory horror, really gory.. Although its completely different to the first, it's at the same level and works well as a sequel as it expands on genuinely interesting character and a gripping story. The dark and grimy tone of the film works really well with the grinding gears of Jigsaw's traps. Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith deliver good performances.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2015
    Natural progression of the Saw canon. It's not so impressive as the first, but it's several steps up in so far as its technical aspects.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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