Detective Mason is in for a big surprise when Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) chooses him this time to play a game, and it sure ain’t gonna be Candy Land. Mason and the police discover that there are 7 people, including Mason’s son Daniel, all trapped in a house filled with nerve gas and will die within in 2 hours if they don’t find the syringe filled antidotes hidden within the home, or a way out of this “Cube”-like residence. Will the new housemates work together for the solution or will it become every man and woman for himself or herself.
I wasn’t really a big fan of the first “Saw” and I am not really impressed with this undertaking as well. Jigsaw keeps spewing philosophical psycho-babble, a la Hannibal Lector, to justify what he is doing, and basically what it comes down to is “It is what it is.” Well, I don’t care! Donnie Walberg plays the hardened detective that isn’t afraid the walk the line between legal and illegal with the occasional “beat the confession/tell me where they are” kind of cop. Yep, we’ve been there and done that for the last three seasons of “The Shield” and numerous other cop dramas. The film is plagued with the “Friday the 13th” syndrome, where we never get to really know any of the characters, so their deaths are meaningless, except for them to be used as props for some very imaginative and inventive ways on screen dying. But worst of all, the film generally lacks in suspense and drama. Its all thrill kill with no actual frights or scares. Chasing someone literally around and around and around in a house does not scare me and gets boring fast. I don’t know about you, but I like horror flicks that scare me, which “Saw II” failed to do miserably.
I give the film a “J” for Just don’t make another one, please…Rating: D