Review – Saw II

A team of detectives must work out how to save eight people trapped in a factory by the now notorious serial killer, Jigsaw.Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) is called to the murder scene of one of Jigsaw’s latest victims. There he finds a lead which takes him and his colleagues to the killer’s hiding place, where it is later discovered by Eric that Jigsaw actually has his son. However, it’s not only Eric’s son Jigsaw has captive in a disused factory somewhere – he is also teaching another seven people a lesson as well. Eric begins to investigate the full story with Jigsaw, but he and the team don’t have long to put together a decent picture and figure out where the prisoners are being held. As long as his victims are trapped inside the factory, they are inhaling a deadly nerve gas. There is only two hours before they begin to drop like flies, which doesn’t allow Eric an awful lot of time to save his son.

After recapping the first instalment in the franchise, I very quickly moved onto Saw II, and found myself to be slightly more impressed by the gore in it. It is in this film that we start to be able to comprehend the sheer scale of the operation Jigsaw is running, and where we begin to see the story unfold that explains to us some of the motives behind the crimes.

So it is here that we are introduced to some characters that have recurring roles in the franchise, and obviously the actors who play them generally have a more prominent role in the grand scheme of the whole franchise. Donnie Wahlberg is watchable here, but there is little difference between him and all of your other average hard-boiled detectives. That being said, I did find myself vouching for him when he started getting his way with his investigation into where his son was being kept. What can I say? I am a sucker for a run of the mill cop.

We are also properly introduced to John Kramer/Jigsaw himself. Tobin Bell plays the now notorious serial killer, and he is quite good as he really begins to play God with his victims. The story Jigsaw has to tell as to why he does what he does, and the way Bell gets it across goes a long way to make you think about how you take so many things for granted. It kind of makes the film a lot heavier than most.

You have to admire the balls of the creators of these films. It must take a lot of imagination to come up with these traps, and to be able to put them together on screen, and for the links between them all to make sense. It would be very easy to get lost in all the details and make something that is altogether too clever for it’s own good, so you kind of have to commend all of the people on board. the co-ordination between the writers and technical department must be phenomenal to make the ideas go from paper to real life.

Overall, if you enjoyed the first film and want to see what Jigsaw did next, you’ll need to see Saw II to fulfil those cravings. For those of you who were anything like me the first time I watched the original film, you will find that your thirst for blood is slightly more quenched by the end of this one. It is set on a grander scale than it’s predecessor, although it does slightly lose the Se7en-esque feel that the former had in the bag. Nonetheless, if the whole franchise is what takes your fancy, the second instalment is somewhat essential.