Though the first Saw was the best in the franchise, this felt more in tune with what the series would become. It focused on a relatively large group of people instead of just two. Where the first film was basically one giant trap, this house setup allowed for several traps. Fans also got to see the traps in motion, which were only shown through short flashbacks in the original. Most of the characters in the house didn't get a lot of material to make them relatable, except for Daniel (Erik Knudsen) and Jonas (Glenn Plummer). The rest either play a one note villain, like Xavier (Franky G), or were kind of just there to fall victim to traps, like Addison (Emmanuelle Vaugier). I did like the tense conversations between Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and Detective Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg), as well as the larger part that Jigsaw played this time around. It's clearly more gruesome than the original (the Needle Pit remains one of the hardest things to watch in the franchise) and was probably the best balance before the gore went over the top later in the series. The first film had my favorite twist in horror history, and though this one didn't quite live up to that, it still managed to deliver a pretty great spin to close things out.