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Movie Review

Saw II

MPAA Rating: R for grisly violence and gore, terror, language and drug content

Reviewed by: Brett Willis
STAFF WRITER

Extremely Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Crime Horror Thriller Suspense TorturePorn Sequel
Length:
1 hr. 33 min.
Year of Release:
2005
USA Release:
October 28, 2005 (wide)
Featuring: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Donnie Wahlberg, Franky G, Glenn Plummer, Beverley Mitchell, Dina Meyer
Director: Darren Bousman
Producer: Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Gregg Hoffman
Distributor: Lions Gate Films
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Relevant Issues
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Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem?

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Reviews

Saw I (2004)

Saw III (2006)

Saw IV (2007)

Saw V (2008)

Saw VI (2009)

Saw 3D: The Traps Come Alive (2010)

Oh yes, there will be blood

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “While investigating the bloody aftermath of a grizzly murder, Detective Eric Mason (Donnie Wahlberg) has the feeling that it is the work of Jigsaw, the notorious killer who disappeared leaving a trail of bodies—and parts—behind. And Mason is right.

Jigsaw is at work again. But instead of two people locked in a room with only one unthinkable way out, there are eight. Eight strangers—unaware of their connection to each other—forced to play out a game that challenges their wits and puts their lives in jeopardy.”

Well, a pointless and disgusting film now has a sequel that tops the original.

The serial killer “Jigsaw” is at work again. His victims are sealed away in an enclosed space, and are given a “game” or “riddle” to solve in order to survive. In the main sequence, there are eight people locked away together. They can either co-operate in solving the riddle, or be antagonistic to each other and each “wing it” on their own. Logic would say they should co-operate. But when most of them are corrupt people, and the Detective’s son is in the group as well, who’s going to be logical?

While there’s a certain amount of character and plot development, and some surprises and twists, the primary point of this film is to showcase creative ways for people to be killed off.

A secondary point, as in the first film, is to attempt to turn our worldview on its head and justify Jigsaw’s actions. He’s actually portrayed as honorable, and his murders are made to appear as an art form and a valid political statement. While hardly anyone would take this seriously, there’s an unstable person in every crowd. Therefore, the potential for imitative behavior should have been (but obviously was not) a production consideration.

Language is heavy, with plenty of occurrences of f* and all the other standard profanities. And bad attitudes abound among both the victims and the cops.

There’s almost no sexual content. Some of the clothing is a bit immodest (but culturally realistic). The male victims throw some sexual insults at the female victims.

As I said, the primary drawing card is, of course, the violence and gore. The producers are going to show us new ways for people to be tortured and killed, and we know it.

My take: Skip the original, and skip this sequel. No one needs to see this.

Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Minor

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.

Copyrighted ©Read this writer’s review of the prequel to this movie, Saw. Also see: Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V (2008)

Viewer Comments
Comments below:
Positive
Positive—For those who enjoyed the first one, “Saw 2” will not be a let-down. The ending in this one is just as good, if not better than the first one. If you did not see the first one, or don’t know a whole lot about it, I do not recommend this film to you. This film is not for the squeamish or those under 17. The film is extremely graphic and foul language is present throughout the entire film. But if you are one of the few who like to be scared and surprised, “Saw 2” will be a perfect fit.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4
—Clark Little, age 19
Positive—I enjoyed this movie, and the original as well. Yes, they are both extremely violent and gore-filled, and yes they don’t promote Christian viewpoints. Jigsaw’s motives are justified by himself, and all his victims have wasted away their lives with sin; what he does isn’t right by any means, but in a twisted way it is almost justified. All this said, almost all of you are missing the point. When you go see this movie and notice that all his victims are bad people with very un-christian like habits it makes you think about your life. The real point of the films as I see it is that we need to live better, or else we might end up in a “Jigsaw game.” When Jigsaw is asked why he cuts the puzzle out of his victims, his reply is that “It was merely to symbolize that something was missing in them.” The movie, despite it’s violent nature, does have a good moral theme, Life is worth living, and you must avoid the things that take away from that, like drugs, lies, theft, etc.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4½
—Wayne Stevens, age 19
Positive—I thought this was an excellent movie. I would not push people away from seeing this one or the first one, but I do agree that people need to be careful about choosing who should see it or not. Although it does use G.D. a time or so, I don’t agree with that, and I hate that word more than anything else in the English language. …
My Ratings: Offensive / 5
—Amanda, age 19
Positive—This was an awesome movie and very well written and directed. The first movie was great and was only made in 16 days. The sequel was great; they had more money to make the film that they wanted to make. I am a Christian, and I really like horror movies, old and new ones. …it did have a bit too much language, and it was odd hearing Lucy from “7th Heaven” cuss, but she did a great job in this movie. This movie has in no way negatively effected my relationship with Jesus, its just a movie, an enjoyable movie. One of the main reasons that I like “Saw” and “Saw 2” is because it’s different; they are not like all of those cheesy horror movies that are being made now; this is a really good movie, but please don’t let anyone under the age of 17 watch it, it’s great but it is bloody. …
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Lee, age 21
Positive—…presents a twisted morality play of sorts, and features strong emotional acting, great plot twists, and a compelling story line. Remember, it’s only a movie, not something on which to base your own actions in life!
My Ratings: Offensive / 5
—Will, age 28
Neutral
Neutral—…I agree it is a film that you do not take the family out to see. …I like horror movies so I actually liked it. It wasn’t only a “violent” movie but it was like a mystery that I kept trying to guess and was shocked at the end. I love the Lord very much, and he knows I don’t get any sick thrills from seeing movies like “Saw 2”, so I don’t feel guilty seeing it. Point is, if you like horror it’s a good movie to see, and if you are against things like that, just don’t see it.
My Ratings: Average / 4
—Joanna, age 23
Neutral—Why oh why did I go and see this film? I haven’t seen anything as sick and evil as this before. It made me feel sick just watching it. I used to think I liked horror films, but after this one I won’t make the same mistake twice. Keep Away from the movie!
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
—Deacon, age 24
Negative
Negative—…this was the most twisted, horrible movie!! I can say I liked the mystery aspect to it all, and it had great twists. But I sat there and was like would I watch this with Christ. There are not to many movies I see, that I can say Jesus would watch with me, but this movie was just gross. I knew it was going to be stupid and gory but watched it anyway. Stupidity of some of us!!

Also the language was really heavy and just seemed to wear me out… Well, I really can’t say I recommend it to anyone at all!

…what made me feel dirty afterwards was that people would laugh in the film and then clapped at the end—just made me feel sick! I DON’T RECOMMEND IT AT ALL!!!
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4½
—Travis Croft, age 18
Negative—I really do not understand why people of faith would even pay money to see this film. If you saw the previews, the original or read the tagline, you should have gotten a clue as to it’s material and offensiveness. You are supporting this film and others like it with your money. You were not duped into seeing this movie, next time consider skipping these violent types of movies and spending your money on a film that will make you feel good instead. Sad that this even needs to be said.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 3½
—Debra, age 28
Negative—Having not really seen the first “Saw” movie, I went to “Saw 2” because I wanted to see a scary movie. I walked out after the opening scene because it was so disgusting, and I had to close my eyes to get through it. I’m normally one not to be affected by gore and such, but I couldn’t take a movie where you just watch people cut their eyeballs out and stuff.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
—Jim, age 18
Comments from young people
Negative—This was by far the most twisted, evil, and sickest movie I have ever seen in my life. I am angry at myself for sitting through such gratuitous slayings, but I could not sit through all of it. I left about 45 minutes into this lifeless and pointless movie. This type of violence released around Halloween is just another way for movie companies to capitalize on violence. The style of killing is not one of brilliance, as so many believe it to be. People are being killed in ridiculously absurd ways, and the over-the-top feel to every scene tells of a script that was obviously lacking in dialogue.

There is a scene where a drug dealer receives Kharma from Jigsaw (the serial killer’s moniker), when he must dive into a pool of hypodermic needles in order to find an antidote at the bottom that will cure the nervous system poison in his body. Instead, he throws a woman into the pit, and she is stuck with needles all over her body, screaming because she will die if she does not dig. This is the point at which I walked out, hoping my friends would do the same. I do not see how one could have their eyes fixed on the Kingdom of God while exposing themselves to this utterly pointless filth.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
—Alex, age 17
Neutral—Ok, so I saw this movie, and in the beginning I just didn’t want to watch it. I mean the first 5 minutes is a guy getting a bear trap closed on him—and it’s not really gracious in not showing you. But as the movie unfolds it really gets you sucked in. Yes, there is extreme gore, and there is extreme profanity, but the storyline I found to be really interesting. “Saw” has a very interesting take on life and why he does the things that he does; no, I’m not justifying his actions, because they were terrible and gruesome, but the whole plot of the movie was absolutely insane. The twist totally grabbed me and put me on the edge of my seat, I thought the movie was crazy, psychotic, cool, gory, and insane all at the same time. I would recommend for people under 17 to stay away from this one, but if you can handle the gore and language content and want to see a movie with a really interesting idea and plot with tons of gore, then go see this one.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4
—Tim Whitaker, age 17
Positive—I personally loved “Saw 2”. I loved it as much as I love the first “Saw”. A lot of people think that it is just a huge gore-fest, but it is really not. Yes, the traps and deaths are painful and gross, but they actually do not show that much. The directors let you think of how it really looks, and that’s what makes them great. You also get to learn more about Jigsaw and how he became that way. I am strong in my faith, and I think that this movie in no way will offend people in that matter. However, if you do not like gore, stay away. If you liked the first “Saw”, then I am sure you will like this one. It has an awesome twist. I also think that this movie can teach you to live each day being a little more happy that you are alive and well. As Jigsaw would say, GAME OVER.
My Ratings: Offensive / 5
—Lindsay, age 17
Negative—This movie was incredibly sick and twisted. I’m still not sure why I watched this movie. Probably because my friends wanted me to. Don’t make the mistake I made. I don’t consider myself to have a weak stomach, and I thought it was incredibly disturbing and disgusting. However, the plot was gripping and creative. But, can a fairly good storyline be worth sitting through something so evil and demented that it makes you shake in your seat? Probably not. Do not watch this movie. I’m very surprised this movie was allowed into theaters. …
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 5
—Taylor Zook, age 15
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—Do NOT see this horrible movie!! I have no idea why I was stupid enough to see this garbage! It is anti-Christian and evil! I walked out after a few minutes because of the swearing and disgusting display of gore and violence! Images you see in this will NEVER leave your mind!!
—George, age 67
Movie Critics
…so gratuitously, sadistically violent, and to such little end, that it finally falls over dead on the far side of obscene…
—Newsday, John Anderson
…just a hair better than the original ‘Saw’—that is, if you like creative ways to kill people…
—Entertainment Weekly, Lisa Schwarzbaum
…equally gruesome …rotten any way you slice it… I’d rather try standing drunk on a see-saw… than see ‘Saw’. …
—USA Today,
…the logic behind much of villain Jigsaw’s scheming falls apart on first pass, instead of unraveling in your head while you’re driving home from the theater…
—Orlando Weekly, Steve Schneider
…dreadful moviegoing… It’s for the foolish of wallet…
—Boston Globe, Wesley Morris