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Super Reviewer
½ November 15, 2017
When this film came out, I considered a slight improvement on the first but looking at this now I tend to argue. The problem with the Saw franchise is each new film attempts to up the cringe factor and this has a higher body count. The film has a clever twist and that's the Saw franchise, David Mamet would be so proud. The issue is the character creation and the quality of the script, I don't think the actors are all that bad for a genre film. The first Saw had high quality actors and the film suffered from a short schedule, very obvious. This film spends most of the budget on the traps and the torture moments, this sequel paved the way for more grotesque moments for the series as the first film didn't have that throughout. The filmmaking and editing are a few of things that annoy, they rush through the entire film again with reveal, surely you just do the twist and fingers cross the fans go with it. I'm attempting to catch up for Jigsaw but that might not happen. 15-11-2017.
½ November 12, 2017
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.
½ November 12, 2017
The deeper character dialogue and emotion are maybe not quite as put together as the first, but it had another surprising and quite unpredictable ending twist. It was also interesting to see Jigsaw unmasked and have much more of a role than before.
½ November 9, 2017
Although I don't think it is as good as Saw 1, this isn't a bad sequel.
November 7, 2017
Saw II: While losing the cutting edge of its predessesor Saw II is a worthy sequel in its own right.
½ November 3, 2017
Was an alright movie not bad but not good
½ November 1, 2017
There was a time when "Saw" sequels were as ambitious psychologically as they were creative with torture devices. "Saw II" was one of those times.
½ October 29, 2017
Horribly edited (by a jigsaw, I can't take credit for that joke), not interesting or intriguing or scary, and no characters to connect with, well except for Jigsaw. Kind of neat delving into his mind. Everyone else was stupid. Movie was kind of boring and cliche. Also Cube did it better. Heck it wasn't even so-bad-it's good. Just good enough to watch the entire thing. But the gore and effects were pretty good, and the ending was pretty great/funny/cheeky.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
October 29, 2017
Solid sequel that may not be as good as the first but still very good, Full of some gross traps and loads of gore, It has some great twists that yet again no-one would guess, The acting was a letdown in key scenes, If you liked the first you will love this one.
½ October 27, 2017
Maybe it's not better than the first and by far, but it's very entertaining.
October 26, 2017
Saw II is ok. Just ok. This is were the gore fest really began. This was the step that messed up the series. But there was just enough in the movie to give it replay value. The acting was pretty good in this movie but not Oscar worthy. I liked the characters in this movie but they weren?t as good as the characters in the first movie. These characters didn?t have as much depth or any kind of story to themselves. Except for Amanda and John (Jigsaw). I think the best part about this movie is the fact that it actually feels like a jigsaw puzzle. At the end of the movie, this movie fits really well with the first. I think the plot twist in the end saved this movie. If you like gore fest movies I think you will love this. If you liked the first movie for its plot and character depth, you may not like this one as much. B-
½ October 26, 2017
Saw II can?t compete with the suspense or twist of the original, but it does have an overall sense of urgency on its own right making this a successful entry into the franchise.
October 25, 2017
Just enough going on to hold interest but not enough to warrant its existence.
Grade: C+
October 24, 2017
Great twist, but not the best film.
October 24, 2017
Not nearly as good as the first - this time around, it isn't as smart and adds a lot of gore for the sake of...well, having lots of gore. A decent sequel but could've been much better.
October 19, 2017
Still bad, but still better than the first
October 17, 2017
A worthy sequel to the Saw franchise even it increases shock value over plot. B
½ October 16, 2017
Great franchise but one of the lesser good movies
October 16, 2017
"This sequel has a well done story along with a few plot twists and well done written dialogue, but it wasn't enough for its traps or graphic moments the first film had that made it great. Although the main antagonist John Kramer a.k.a. the Jigsaw killer is the smartest movie villain ever made and the plot for his character to make was so freaking genius. It may not be better or great as the first time, but it's a well done sequel."
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