"Saw II, and Regretted It"
What You Need To Know:
Like its predecessor, SAW II is a perverse torture chamber of horrors. The villain achieves his secret goal in the end, and the apparent hero, the detective, is morally humiliated in the process. Unlike SAW II, the best horror movies give viewers some semblance of moral and/or spiritual victory. In no way does SAW II do this. In fact, most of the victims in it are boring and obnoxious. Furthermore, the story becomes tedious long before it reveals the surprise twist at the end.
(PaPaPa, LLL, VVV, DD, MM) Very strong pagan, demonic worldview where the villain eventually defeats the hero, who's estranged from his wife and son, and morally humiliates him; at least 93 mostly strong obscenities, four strong profanities and one light profanity; excessive, bloody and briefly gory violence includes spikes in helmet snap shut on man's head, people cough blood after suffering from nerve agent secretly given them, hero beats up villain to get him to talk but villain turns the tables on him despite that, woman's arms trapped in holes with giant razor blades, man shot in head and his brains are revealed, man clubs another man in the head, man throws woman in pit filled with used hypodermic needles, hypodermic needles stick into woman's arms and body as she searches for key to find antidote to poison, woman pulls spiked club from victim's head, and man cuts skin from back of neck to retrieve clue; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; smoking, drug references and references to woman's heroin addiction; and, kidnapping, misanthropic attitudes, police detective violates law, villain taunts police, selfish victim is totally unconcerned for the well-being of others, and references to police detective planting fake evidence.
In SAW II, the notorious killer Jigsaw is still on the loose. An older man dying of cancer, Jigsaw thinks people have grown soft and don’t appreciate life, so he kidnaps them and places them in deadly situations and torture devices in abandoned warehouses and homes, where they must use their brains to escape gruesome death. Jigsaw kidnaps the estranged son of his nemesis, a police detective, and then gives the son and several other people two hours to get the antidote to a deadly nerve agent he has given them. The detective easily captures Jigsaw and tries to humor him to save his son. Jigsaw has a few tricks up his sleeve, however.
Like its predecessor, SAW II is a perverse torture chamber of horrors. The villain achieves his secret goal in the end, and the apparent hero, the detective, is morally humiliated in the process. Unlike SAW II, the best horror movies give viewers some semblance of moral and/or spiritual victory. Even Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, the ancestor of today’s mad slasher pictures, has the hero saving the heroine and unmasking and stopping the real killer. And, even the original HALLOWEEN has the heroine fighting off her attacker and the hero putting a round of bullets in the killer’s body. In no way does SAW II match the thrills of those acclaimed classics. In fact, most of the victims in it are boring and obnoxious. Furthermore, the story becomes tedious long before it reveals the surprise twist is revealed at the end.