Saw II (2005)

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman.  Written by Bousman and Leigh Whannell.  Starring Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Donnie Wahlberg, Dina Meyer, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Glenn Plummer, Beverley Mitchell, Franky G, Tony Nappo, Tim Burd and Erik Knudsen.

Plot: Detective Matthews (Wahlberg) hunts Jigsaw (Bell) while also trying to find eight people that Jigsaw has trapped in a large building somewhere.

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The eight people trapped are Detective Matthew’s son, Daniel (Knudsen), Amanda (Smith), a former victim of Jigsaw’s, Gus (Nappo), Laura (Mitchell), Addison (Vaugier), Xavier (G), Jonas (Plummer) and Obi (Burd).  None of them, aside from Daniel, are really likable at all.  And Jigsaw himself is just so crazy that we don’t sympathize with him either, so these movies are really hard for us.  I mean, I know drug dealer’s aren’t usually the best kinds of people, but does Xavier have to be such a dick?!

It is once again very innovative, but we hate the motive.  And there was no Freddy Claws.  The group of eight people are told that there’s a nerve agent running through the house and that the antidotes are hidden throughout the house as well.  With a lot of the traps, if people had just worked together, it might have been okay, but no one does.

Our score: 52.  The sequel definitely loses some ground.

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