Saw II

Posted: June 3, 2011 1:57 pm in Review

Saw II

R – 93 Min – 2005

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Starring Donnie Wahlberg as Eric Matthews and Tobin Bell as Jigsaw, “Saw II” is about a few unlucky people who are trapped in a booby trapped shelter and have to find a way out before they inhale too much of a lethal nerve gas and die. But they must watch out for the traps Jigsaw has set in the shelter that could lead to death also.

I was pretty impressed with how the first “Saw” went, so I decided to watch the sequel. As I always say, sequels can do wonders for a series, or completely ruin them. I was pleasantly surprised with the plot twists in this sequel. While it did start amping up the unnecessary gore, this film actual had a decent plot to chew on.

The movie starts out with probably one of the most recognizable scenes in the series, the man who must dig a key out from his eye in order to unlock a trap around his head. He doesn’t make it, but not very many people do. Then it shoots over to our new main character, Eric, played by Marky Mark’s older brother Donnie. Now here’s something I actually didn’t know, much like his younger brother (who had a rap group “Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch” before he started acting), Donnie is one of the founding members of New Kids On The Block. Kinda hard to take him seriously now that I know this. But I thought he did a decent job, only I wish he would try to hone in his own acting talent, instead of trying to live off of his brother’s bad boy vibe. The rest of the cast were relative unknowns. The only person I recognized was Beverley Mitchell who played Lucy Camden from “7th Heaven”.

In this sequel, there is a returning victim of Jigsaw’s who holds a dark secret. It’s one of those giant plot twists that makes a movie like this redeemable. The big shocker of an ending made me like the movie, whereas this review would have been meaner. I liked the first one a lot, and this one didn’t quite live up to it’s predecessor. It was mostly because of the annoying b-list actors, who not only couldn’t act, but their  characters were so annoying. My biggest complaint is how much this group of victims didn’t think things through. The guy in the fire chamber, the girl who sticks BOTH hands into a trap, the guy who starts killing everyone to find out what number was on the back of their necks instead of just rallying everyone together and letting them all know about the numbers. Gah. Sometimes I can’t stand the horror genre, simply because the people never stop and think.

Over all, this film is decent, not amazing by any stretch of the imagination. It really just plays on the success of the previous installment, and I’ll be interested to see how the third one goes (being that it doesn’t have to live up to a whole lot from number two). If you were a fan of the first one, you’ll have some fun with this one. But aside from the great turn around ending, it really wasn’t that great.

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