Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman
Written by: Darren Lynn Bousman and Leigh Whannell
Starring: Donnie Wahlberg, Beverley Mitchell and Franky G
With the popular reception of the first Saw film, it wasn’t a surprise when the makers dished out sequel after sequel after sequel like never-ending intestines. The serial killer Jigsaw returns in Saw II with more gruesome ways of offing people who don’t fit into his rigorous moral code.
In Saw II, Jigsaw takes a personal interest in Detective Matthews – a cop who is better at his job than being a father and husband. Taking Detective Matthews’ son and other young people hostage, Jigsaw challenges the police force to try and find them before they’re all killed.
While the first film was like fresh meat for a genre slipping into remakes and cheap thrills, Jigsaw loses his edge now that his shroud of mystery is gone in this disappointing sequel. Rather than being scared shitless by the sense of unknown, scratching our heads as to how to get out of Jigsaw’s sadistic riddles alive, Saw II loses its compelling quality in that it involves too many characters, all looking for the same way out. It’s almost like watching a game of A-mazing with more screams and gore. And with players who all deliver relatively B grade performances for B grade characters, we can’t help but feel indifferent to their struggle for survival.
Despite the millions of dollars that the Saw franchise has managed to scrape together, it seems the original scare that Jigsaw afforded us in the first film fails to be conquered in its sequel and beyond.