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January 18, 2017
A solid follow-up to the first.
January 4, 2017
Why did they decided to make a sequel?
½ December 17, 2016
Good sequel, with new modes of history, talents, traps, and much more .....
December 11, 2016
Great film. Just like the first one it has plenty of flaws but it is a great film. Lots of twists and turns not just pointless flaws
December 7, 2016
my personal favourite horror/thriller of all time, loved the twists in the plot.
December 3, 2016
Not seen it, but I gussed what was going to happen in the first one.
November 27, 2016
saw 2 carries on surprisingly well from the original. but with simpler, but still horrifying traps. though the script is lacking and the characters are not very likeable, there is quite a bit to enjoy in this underrated sequel
November 12, 2016
We have to play by the fucking rules!
November 4, 2016
This is what I was afraid the first movie was gonna be.
October 31, 2016
One of the better horror movie sequels out there and a worthy follow-up to the original. Though it has its' flaws, in some ways it is even better then the original. Easily, the best of the sequels.
½ October 29, 2016
Far more plodding than the original and with less originality, Saw 2 generates the proper opportunities for a good sequel and then squanders them. It's twist ending reveals being the only truly exceptional moments.
½ October 27, 2016
Not as good as the first one but a solid sequel that has plenty of plot twists and turns. Gore fans will get a kick as there is a lot of sick and bloody traps Jigsaw setup. Acting is solid and the writing from Leigh Whannell is great once again. If you're looking for a fun, gorey, horror flick, Saw 2 is a good option.
½ October 22, 2016
3,5/5 Rating for Saw 2
F: 30%
R: 70%
Horror 50% Mystery 50%
October 20, 2016
Saw II is a gore movie, the type of film that passes itself off as horror without having a sustained or original sense of the genre.
October 2, 2016
Better than sequels Scream 2, X-Men 2, Spider-Man 2, The Empire Strikes Back, and as good as sequels Terminator 2 and The Godfather Part II, Saw II is a very fascinating example of a sequel.

I'm not a Saw franchise fan, having basically departed the series after the fourth film, the degree of gore just becoming too much; however, both the original James Wan classic and the immediate sequel are films I have always respected, and enjoyed. Darren Bousman's film is actually the superior of the two, lacking the potential boredom and dullness of the first. Note I say potential, because Saw is still a great film, having done more for the horror genre than Wes Craven's iconic Scream (I would also posit that Saw and Saw II are superior to any of the Elm Street films).

To get to specifics, about why I think Saw II is an incredible work of art, the visual spectrum of the film is all of attractive, appropriate and memorable. The lighting of dark mixed with intense vibrancy has stood the test of time, being more appealing and soothing than most of todays Marvel Studios films. The house Jigsaw uses and the derelict warehouse he faces off against Detective Matthews in are both symmetrical yet opposites - one is light and the other is dark, and the showing of either is structured, aimed to fulfil the human psyche.
Relative to its own series, the element of interest with Saw II, both with respect to visuals and story, is its difference due to similarity: Saw II is the same as the later sequels, yet is far superior for that precise reason. The house occupants, lead by Shawnee Smith's Amanda, feel like a much more meaningful set of characters than those of later Saw films, essentially able to inspire the relevant ideas of reality in the viewer's mind. Human compassion. Lifestyle difference. Cultural clash.

Franky G, Emmanuelle Vaugier, and Glenn Plummer are amongst a house of people who represent the truth of exact identity; who is a person, relative to other people?
Juxtaposing the events of the house, Eric Matthews needs Jigsaw too. His race against time to save his son is executed brilliantly, the momentum as good as momentum's portrayal in so many other films known to be classics.
The dialogue and character interactions make the film, but they do more: they represent greatness outside the arena of filmmaking, able to comfort the viewer irrespective of time and circumstance.
Donnie Wahlberg is probably the best protagonist of the Saw series, his own interactions with Dina Meyer's Allison Kerry (another great character of the franchise) are a cool example of life's condition - seriously, even after ten years the conversations between Kerry and Matthews are more fulfilling to watch than any interactions in most superhero films, or contemporary action blockbusters.

Saw II is the distillation of sinister and intelligence; hope and hopelessness. It comes across as stylistic as all the other Saw entries, but is somehow just not one with the rest, distinctly balanced in the use of fantastic and normal.

Saw II is a true identity of classic cinema - twenty years from now, it'll have once again stood the test of time.
½ September 4, 2016
This is a good movie, not ass good as the first but still good story and nice twist.
½ August 12, 2016
Not as good as the 1st but like he says stick to the rules
August 8, 2016
it wasnt better than the 1st one!
½ July 25, 2016
Okay. Nowhere near as good as the first film.
½ July 11, 2016
A really well made sequel to an amazing thriller and the twist will leave you breathless!!!
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