Directed and co written by Darren Lee Bousman, this sequel to the classic horror film “Saw” more than lives up to the reputation of the original and had a vastly larger budget, directly attributable to the success of the previous inventive and terrifying outing.
Eric Matthews, a detective and father is investigating the latest atrocity committed by the serial killer Jigsaw and finds a clue that leads him to the murderer’s hiding place where he discovers that Jigsaw has kidnapped his son and has locked them into a shelter with several others. Which wouldn’t be that much of a problem save for the fact that lethal gas is slowly pumping into the room and all Eric can do is watch as one by one, the victims start to die. Eric desperately pleads with Jigsaw to release his captives but it seems that the only way they can be saved is if they all work together and find the common link that connects them.
Tobin Bell is once again amazing as Jigsaw, violent, chilling and psychopathic. Where the movie excels is not so much in the gore fest deaths, although these are often startling and always effective, all the more so for often being seen on monitors with the helpless Eric watching, but in the conversations between the detective and the murderer himself, where they reveal a great deal about themselves. These scenes are excellently played by Bell and Donnie Whalberg as Eric and are tautly directed and edited. In fact the editing is tremendous on this movie, really bringing an added edge to the already superlative direction. Shawnee Smith, Frankie G and Glenn Plummer also stand out, bringing realism to their hysteria and terror that brings the script to life in a way that is sometimes lacking in the genre, everything is played completely straight making it seem all the more real.
It’s a very absorbing movie, transporting you into Jigsaw’s twisted world and delivering something for everyone whether your taste be for visceral or psychological horror. I won’t spoil the ending but it’s a good one and highly unexpected. Thoroughly recommended.
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Cast : Erik Knudsen, Glenn Plummer, Donnie Wahlberg, Tobin Bell, Beverley Mitchell, Dina Meyer, Franky G, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Tim Burd, Lyriq Bent
Country: USA | Canada