Saw 2 [Blu-ray]
While investigating the bloody aftermath of a grizzly murder Detective Eric Mathews (Donnie Wah;berg from The Sixth Sense and TV Band of Brothers) has the feeling that it is the work of Jigsaw - the brilliantly twisted, notorious killer who disappeared le ...
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the movie in it. After this I will always buy the unrated or director's cut.
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This first sequel I think is actually really good - it extends and evolves the overall narrative of serial killer 'Jigsaw' from the previous film, so it has both a strong sense of continuity and development, whilst also offering up a new setting along with a new dynamic - this time there are 7 victims all locked inside a house of horrors together and the house is filled with a nerve agent that is slowly killing them and leaves them with just two hours to work through Jigsaw's traps to survive. This gives room for some fairly standard 'lets work together' vs 'lets screw each other over' dynamics to play out amongst the moral messages woven into each victim's plight, but with a few good surprises along the way.
The setting is very dank, dark and claustrophobic - the perfect backdrop for the gruesome new traps set by Jigsaw. As with the first film, some of these are very inventive and clever, some are just absolutely hideous and seemingly devised simply to be more horrific than those seen in the first film, and some are both! There were one or two where I had to cover my eyes for the anticipated climax of the trap but still felt just as grossed out and horrified as though I'd been brave enough to watch it fully - Saw is very good at this; even if you don't see it or if they don't show it fully, your mind fills in the gaps from the implied and you experience the full horror of it anyway. It's a lose-lose scenario (or a win-win, depending on your outlook!). The suspense is also always done very well - the build up to someone trying to outsmart the trap before it snuffs them out is sometimes excruciating, even though you feel sure you know what the outcome is going to be.
Giving an additional angle to the film is the fact that all of this is being filmed on CCTV like some very twisted version of Big Brother and being watched in real time by a police force who are trying their best to work out where this is taking place so they can rescue the victims within the house. The detective leading the team then discovers his son is one of the 7 victims and this increases the tension of them desperately trying to get to the house before it's too late. This extra element was very well thought out as it takes us out of the house so that the film doesn't feel as claustrophobic as the house of horrors does and also brings an extra layer to both Jigsaw and the film dynamic that stops it just being a sequel-by-numbers gore-fest.
A grim but brilliant sequel!
I enjoy animals a lot so Julie of the Wolves was a great book for me. It was confusing when the author switches from Julie with the wolves to Julie without the wolves and back again. Overall it was a great book and made me not want put it down. Jean Craighead George does a great job explaining the characters and she gives you a great visual of the surroundings. I recommend this book to any animal lover or anyone in need of a good book.
6th grader Madison, WI
I do recommend this film to just about anyone. Even those who don't like gore-factor films, if you have the ability to look passed the gore there is a good story line waiting there for you. And if you are one of those people that watches films for the gore, you'd love this to.