Movie: Saw II (2005)
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
...Who Went On To Make: Saw III and Saw IV, the talented so-and-so.
First Impressions: It's pretty much what everyone says it is: a couple sickly ingenious setups and some difficult-to-watch scenes, but mostly artless, sloppy, overly-talky, full of logic gaps...I could go on. The ending isn't un-clever, but the filmmakers seem to think it's much more brilliant than it is, and worthy of a Usual Suspects-style montage. Not to ruin the surprise for you or anything, but: it's not. Also, that payoff might have been even better if the Donnie Whalberg/Tobin Bell scenes weren't mind-bendingly repetitive and dull and also didn't take up half the movie. As for the parts that don't include long minutes of discussion about purpose-driven lives, they're...okay. Some of the deaths feel rushed, and one major, action-driving plot line makes no sense at all, but at least we get to endure the nails-on-chalkboard overacting of Shawnee Smith, right?
Notable Edits: None.
Scary Or Funny? It's not funny. And a couple scenes in particular made my skin crawl, so...scary.
Best Killing? The pit o' needles is nightmarish, but it's that glass box with the razor hand holes (above) is freakout-level horrifying. It's the one guilt-free awesome scene in the movie.
Future Airings: Sunday 8 PM
Previously: Day of the Dead, The Omen, Final Destination 2, Near Dark, Halloween, Evil Dead II, Pet Sematary 2, Hellraiser, The Howling, The Frighteners, Urban Legend, Hostel, Children of the Corn