Saw II Reviews
The film starts with an unfortunate man trapped in one of Jigsaw's (Tobin Bell) torture machines, which is described as a copy of a venus fly rap. The key to release the man from the terror was surgically placed behind his right eye. After the tragic killing of the man, Detective Eric Mason (Donnie Wahlberg) arrives on scene who is determined to find the Jigsaw killer. Upon looking through evidence, he and his team find Jigsaw in an abandoned warehouse with computer screens showing 7 people trapped in a house, one of them being Daniel (Eric Knudsen), Detective Mason's son. From there, the viewer watches the gross scenes take place in Jigsaw's house of horror as people are burned alive, stabbed with needles, and facing imminent death in an toxic atmosphere.
The film is tough to watch and I am not even talking about the torture scenes. "Saw II" is poorly paced and dropped everything that made the original "Saw" interesting to watch. "Saw II" is less of a mystery and more gruesome than the original film. There is some mysteries that were solved from the original due to two to three minutes of character development on Jigsaw. Those 120-180 seconds were the only good parts of the 92 minute run time. Everything else is ridiculous nonsense that had no point.
But I guess being so critical on the torture and gore for a film like this does not make sense for a critic. You know before you watch "Saw II" that you are there to be grossed out and willing to watch characters (who you cannot relate to by any means) face horrendous options. In fact, some might find the characters picking and choosing at which torture devices to try kind of amusing. Majority of the viewers might look at this film and ask, "Why was this so popular?"
"Saw" was an average horror film that showed a now masterful horror director trying on the director pants for the first time. For "Saw II," we have a brand new director who votes for gore over tension. Obviously, I do not approve.