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"Saw II" Keeps You on Edge

Danielle Thomas
Staff Writer

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   If you like scary movies and you have seen "Saw," then you need to head to the theater and check out "Saw II," directed by Darren Lynn Bousman.

   This is one of the best sequels to a movie I have ever seen. Most of the time, sequels do not live up to the first movie in the series. In the "Scream" series, "Scream 2" and 3 did not live up to the first "Scream." "Scream 2" and 3 did not even have the same characters as "Scream;" however, that is not the case with "Saw II." "Saw II" brings back John (Tobin Bell), also know as "Jigsaw," the man who likes to play games with people to make them appreciate life, and Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the only person to make it out of one of Jigsaw's games alive.

  "Saw II" keeps you on the edge of your seat from the beginning. The movie starts out with Jigsaw playing another game of cat and mouse with a person who Jigsaw did not think deserved to be alive. The man is given a lot of time to complete his task and win his life back, but he fails.

   The movie then introduces Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) and his son Daniel (Erik Knudsen). Matthews and Daniel have an argument and do not speak for days. While worrying over how his son is doing, Matthews gets a call from the police station. Another case comes in where the culprit is Jigsaw. Jigsaw leaves Matthews a clue as to how to find him at the scene of the crime.

   Matthews ponders the clue, then finds Jigsaw's hideout. The police get ready to arrest Jigsaw, but he has other plans. He turns the tables when he tells Matthews that he wants to play a game. Jigsaw has trapped Daniel, along with other people, including Amanda in a shelter filled with nerve gas. If the people in the shelter do not find their way out in time or find an antidote, the nerve gas will take effect and they will die.

   The only thing a distraught Matthews can do for his son is play Jigsaw's game. All Jigsaw tells Matthews about his son is "he is in a safe and secure state." Jigsaw then tells Matthews that he wants to play a game. All Matthews has to do is sit and talk to him, and then he will see his son safe.

   Matthews plays Jigsaw's game for awhile but gets more frantic by the minute while he watches his son and the others in the house struggle to find a way out.

   As the time is almost up and the people still have not found their way out of the shelter, Matthews panics on Jigsaw and convinces him to take him to the shelter. When he gets there, the tables are turned, and the movie takes many unexpected twists.

   If you do not like blood and guts, then this movie is definitely not for you. I would recommend you go see this movie, but take a friend if you get scared easily.

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