Saw II (2005)

Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

Written by: Leigh Whannell & Darren Lynn Bousman


Donnie Wahlberg .... Eric Matthews
Tobin Bell .... Jigsaw / John
Shawnee Smith .... Amanda
Erik Knudsen .... Daniel Matthews
Franky G .... Xavier
Glenn Plummer .... Jonas
Emanuelle Vaugier .... Addison
Beverley Mitchell .... Laura
Tim Burd .... Obi
Dina Meyer .... Kerry

Release Date: Theatrical: October 28, 2005

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A police detective named Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) has arrested people he has set up and isn't happy about him plus doesn't have a good relationship with his son Daniel (Erik Knudsen) and then Eric is called upon a crime scene by the maniac Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and finds the place where he is doing all of this plus discovers he has his son trapped in the house where he plays his games of death and torture if they don't find the right key to escape a room along with the other people he has arrested in which they are inhaling a lethal nerve gas in which they will die if they don't find an antidote in two hours.
He tries to convince Jigsaw to release his son but still even he must play his game in order to save his son's life while these victims are alos pitted by a drugdealer named Xavier (Franky G) who gets physical and aggressive towards everyone and slowly losing his sanity making him dangerous to be around while many of these people who fails to be successful at this game while trying to collect needles to find a key are dying a worst death they can imagine which includes being burned to death in an oven boiler.


We spot a great beginning for this flick with shots on somebody in a room with a tv screen displaying John as his disguise as Jigsaw telling him what he has to do in order to get a key to unlock what's on his head with good camera shots looking at the object showing sharp spiked nails surrounding the whole device as well as him freaking out and panicking along with good shots on a clock timing itself which looked suspenseful.
There's a good dysfunctional argumentive moment with both Eric Matthews with his son quarreling near a pierside on him wanting to be with his Mom instead which looked very realistic on the two of them not seeing eye to eye on things.
A great moment with Eric trying to bust John for the crimes he's doing with him acting slick about telling him he has his son and alot of intense discussions between the two of them like a mobster type scene with good shots on each other when they're talking and John telling him what he has to do in order to keep his son alive which really looked effective.
There's many good aggressive moments with the main victims all waking up and realising they're trapped in a room with good solo shots on each of them along with their good intense reactions while being trapped there. There's also a good moment with Amanda sobbing and trying to discover some clues and knowing what there is to survive this along with a great demanding moment on Xavier acting forceful towards her on knowing all of this and telling him she was there before which looked powerfully done.
There's a nice shot showing a door with exit spelled on it and some of them not trusting it is along with a good shot on Xavier spotting a bat with spikes and aggressively tearing it open which looked neatly done.
Also in the story there's an effective conversation between Amanda and Daniel Matthews after she discovers he's the son of a cop who arrested her as well as discussing how she experienced this game before along with her tense words talking about her addictions with good flashback scene's with shots of her injecting heroin in her arm as well as cutting her wrists too.
Some good shots on Obi going into a fire boiler to reach for a needle with good shots on the door closing on him and a fire activating with him panicking to try and get out along with the rest trying to find a way to rescue him which looked quite disturbing and a horrifying way to die painfully in heat in how this was all shot and done.
A tense moment with everyone entering a room and listening to a tape on finding a key in a hole on the floor with a bunch of needles along with a great forceful moment on Xavier grabbing Amanda and throwing her in with good painful close up shots on her swimming in the needles with some stabbed in her body as well as her painful crying which makes it hard to watch as well as her panicking to dig through them to find the key along with a good shot on the timer going while she's doing this as well as him telling her to hurry up. All of this brought together looked believeably pressuring.
There's nice intense brawling between Xavier and Jonas with great suspenseful shots on the two of them going at it along with a nice intense shot on Xavier himself taking the bat with spikes and striking at his head.
There's great aggressions with Eric towards John as well as many intense shots on him beating the crap out of this fellow which looked good and should please everyone sonce it looked realistic thinking this guy is getting what's coming to him.
Good reactions like Addison and some of the others gasping for breath with gas spreading around the room in which it looked convincing that they're suffering for oxygen.
There's a nice shot on Addison reaching up at a glass box to get a needle and then having her wrists stabbed and trapped in it.
Nice moments with Xavier trying to attack with a knife and both Amanda and Daniel trying to get away from him around the house with him on their tail as well as them discovering the abandoned bathroom with some corpses and many great black and white fast shots.
There's many good takes on Eric trying to discover the house and being armed with a gun while doing so which looked very energised. There's also a good shot on him in the bathroom slowly going to the bathtub with a figure inside and then leaping at him which almost makes you jump.
There's a terrific energised moments between Eric and Amanda at the end with nice aggressions between both of them but I don't want to spoil this.
Bottom line is that this is a nicely done sequel in which we get to see the Jigsaw / John guy more so and why he's doing the things that he does which is necessary for a sequel to have. Plus there's some more torturous moments as well as more scene's of the house that Jigsaw has for his victims which sometimes makes it more adventureous too.
There's great moments with the lead character Eric Matthews trying to confront Jigsaw on how to save his son which seems like a cross between a horror version of Silence of the Lambs and The Godfather. There's many effective takes on this which works perfectly for the story as well as good survival moments with the victims trying to find each key to another passageway to the house in order to try and get out with some of the lead characters listening to Amanda as what to do to survive the terror. There's also some odd humouress one liners used in this film too which worked very well. It kinda relieves the tension from the first film making it a bit easier to watch and not being overly disturbed by the first flick.
There's also alot of painful death scene's in the film imagining what is the worst way by getting killed which you'd picture in your worst nightmare too.
To top it all off there's the old bathroom grubby place like in the first one explaining more so by where this was located too as well as the remains of corpses from the first flick proving that this flick was a true sequel.
This film is a good sequel but not as effective as the first one but still enjoyable enough to watch all the way through in which there's another continuation making you want to find out what happens next. A film for sure worth checking out to find the unsolved mysteries surrounding these victims in the trapped house that could cause torture and deaths.

The acting is still quite good in which we spot a lead performance by former New Kids on the Block bublegum teen idol idol Donnie Wahlberg (Eric Matthews) in which he does a fairly passable job as a scumbag police detective. He was better in the film Dead Silence but he tries to do what he can in this one. He does come across as someone dysfunctional which is a good pointer on his acting skills but sometimes he overdoes it when he goes in a yelling rage. However, there were the odd times it worked well too. I wouldn't be surprised if the Backstreet Boys end up acting in a sequel.
Tobin Bell
(Jigsaw / John) still struts his stuff well as Jigsaw as well as his old conman like attitude too. He certainly comes across as someone close to a Hannibal Lector type in this one and his role is alot bigger too and explaning his character more so. He has a harmless weak old man features which really does the trick in which he's a true maniac. He almost acted like a horror mobster like too.
Shawnee Smith
(Amanda) showed nice energetic emotions in which she reprises her role too in which she shows more of her stuff as someone trying to recover from drugs in which she does well with her sobbing emotions as well as her tough behavior too. She came across as someone who really knew how to be a leader in order to escape this place everyone is trapped in. Her performence almost reminded me of someone who is a solider leading their troops in which she drew that nicely.
Franky G
(Xavier) really came across as someone truly intimaditing in which his part was a drug dealer and seemed to know his part well as someone you don't want to mess with. He truly knew how to act violent and totally aggressive with his actions bringing every ounce of energy to the picture. A nice crying reaction on him in an intense moment. He stood out the most out of all the cast and could be well remembered for his performance in this one.
Beverley Mitchell
(Laura) showed a nice supporting part in her role as she knew how to act paranoid and hysterical showing great paranoid facial expressions too. She was totally off the wall in a great way with her performance in this one.

A gun shoots a guys eye and brain out looking graphic.
A person is being burned in an oven.
A man is whacked in the head with a spiked bat.
A man cuts off the back of his neck to take a key out.
A cut off foot is revealed in an abandoned grubby bathroom.
A woman wrists are trapped in a glass box with spikes stabbing at them.
A throat is slit with blood pouring out of the neck

There's many terrific low groaning sound effects with deep gloomy keyboard composing plus there's tons of beating sounds with violin music for the real adventureous moments like always for a suspenseful flick like this one. The music was brought together by Charlie Clouser who did the music for the first one and made some great changes for this one without sounding the same.

John: Hello Michael, I want to play a game. So far in what could loosely be called your life you've made a living watching others. Society would call you an informant, a rat, a snitch. I call you unworthy of the body you possess, of the life that you've been given. Now we will see if you are willing to look inward rather than outward to give up the one thing you rely on in order to go on living. The device around your neck is a death mask. The mask is on a spring timer. If you do not locate the key in time the mask will close. Think of it like a venus flytrap. What you are looking at right now is your own body not more than two hours ago. Don't worry, you're sound asleep and can't feel a thing. Taking into account that you are at a great disadvantage here I'm going to give you a hint as to where I've hidden the key, so listen carefully. The hint is this... It's right before your eyes. How much blood will you shed to stay alive, Michael? Live or die, make your choice.

John: [meeting Eric Matthews] I want to play a game. The rules are simple all you have to do is talk to me, listen to me.if you do that long enough you will find your son in a safe and secure state. We haven't properly introduced ourselves. My name is John.

Amanda: We have to play by the fucking rules!

Jonas: How do you know all this?
Amanda: Because I've played before.

Xavier: [turns round to Addison] Look who's talking, the only door you know how to open is between ya' legs!
Addison: [lunges towards Xavier in anger] Why don't you shut the hell up all right!
Xavier: [shouting] Why don't you shut the hell up?
Addison: [she lunges towards him and they begin fighting] I'm sick of your bullshit. You'd best bend over before I land one on the back of your cheek, asshole.
[they begin to fight more, but Jonas steps in and grabs Addison]
Addison: Get the fuck off me!

Xavier: [picking up Obi's note from Jigsaw] 'Obi'?
Jonas: What the fuck is a 'Obi'?
Obi: 'Ah-bi'. That's my name.

John: Hello Obi, I want to play a game. For years you have burned those around you with your lies, cons, and deceits. Now you will have a chance to redeem yourself, for the games you've played with others, by playing one of mine. Inside the device in front of you are two antidotes for the poison coursing through your veins. One is my gift to you for helping me kidnap the others, the second is for you to donate. However, one will come with a price. Remember Obi, once you're in Hell, only the devil can help you out.

Amanda: If it's stuck, it's a trap.
Xavier: Lady, this whole house is a trap.

Daniel: Amanda, why did he pick you?
Amanda: Because I was a fucking junkie.
[flashes to Amanda shooting heroin]
Amanda: But you know what? I passed his little test
Daniel: If you passed his test then why are you back here?
Amanda: [flashes to Amanda cutting her wrist] I wasn't being very good to myself.
Daniel: [looks at the scars on Amanda's arm] How long have you, um...?
Amanda: I started in jail.
Daniel: What were you arrested for?
Amanda: [yanks her arm away] Possession.
Daniel: I thought you said...
Amanda: Maybe you should talk to the cop who arrested me.

John: Hello, Xavier, I want to play a game. It's similar to the game you play as a drug dealer, the game of giving hope to the desperate. I think we can agree that your situation is desperate, so I'm going to offer you hope. By entering this room, you have started a timer on the door in front of you. When the timer runs out the door will be locked forever, locking away the antidote inside it. If you want to find the key, you will have to crawl through the same squalor that your customers have. I'll give you one hint where to find it.
[Xavier and Daniel move a bed frame, revealing a pit full of hypodermic syringes beneath]
John: It will be like finding a needle in a haystack.

John: [as Eric is destroying Jigsaw's drawings and blueprints] How will you get a conviction without all this evidence?
Eric Matthews: I don't need this shit to convict you.
John: Go ahead. Destroy it. We both know the sort of person you are. The sort of person who guns down an unarmed suspect. The sort of person who plants evidence in order to obtain a conviction. The sort of person whose wife leaves him and whose son hates him.
Eric Matthews: Shut the fuck up!

Laura: X marks the spot.
[points to the wall]
Amanda: What?
Addison: [looking at a picture of Daniel next to Eric] What are you doing with him?
Daniel: You know him?
Addison: Yeah! He's the guy who put me away. He set me up!
Amanda: Tell me that's not your father.
Addison: [pause] I can't trust any of you.

John: The jigsaw piece that I cut from my subjects was only ever meant to be a symbol that that subject was missing something. A vital piece of the human puzzle. The survival instinct.
Eric Matthews: This is all really, really interesting, John. But right now I'd really like for you to talk to me.
John: I am talking to you. You're not listening.

John: Would you... kindly get me a glass of water? I would very much appreciate that...

Eric Matthews: I swear, if I don't see my son. I'll rip your fucking head off!
John: I don't intend to mock you officer but I'm a cancer patient. How could YOU possibly put me in more pain than I'm already in?

[Det. Mathews throws John around the room and breaks a finger]
John: [smiling] Now, that's the Eric Matthews they gave medals to.

John: It's The Last House on the Left...

Laura: That's the second time I've had to wake up in this shit hole.

Amanda: What is the cure for Cancer, Eric? The cure for death itself. The answer is immortality. By creating a legacy, by living a life worth remembering, you become immortal. So now we find the tables are turned. It is I who will carry on John's work after he dies, and you are my first test subject. Now you are locked away, helpless and alone.
[Appears at door frame]
Amanda: Game Over.
[She slams to door shut]
Eric Matthews: [Screaming at Amanda] Daniel! Daniel! You Fucking Bitch! I'll Fucking kill you! You Fucking Bitch!... You Fucking Bitch! I'll fucking kill you! Noooooooo, Nooooooo! Help! Nooooo...