Saw 2 movie: Saw II is a 2005 horror film and the second installment in the Saw franchise, directed and co-written by Darren Lynn Bousman and series creator Leigh Whannell. The film stars Donnie Wahlberg, Franky G, Glenn Plummer, Beverley Mitchell, Dina Meyer, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Erik Knudsen, Shawnee Smith, and Tobin Bell.
- Starring : Donnie Wahlberg / Franky G
- Genre : Horror / Mystery
- Country : United States / Canada
- Language : English
- Director : Darren Lynn Bousman
- Production : Twisted Pictures / Evolution Entertainment / Got Films / Lions Gate Films / Saw 2 Productions
- Distributor : Lions Gate Films / Asmik Ace Entertainment / Shaw Organisation / Independent Films / Viva International Pictures / 01 Distribution / Ascot Elite Entertainment Group / Distribution Company / Hollywood Classic Entertainment / Hoyts Distribution / Kinowelt Filmverleih / Metropolitan Filmexport / Scanbox Entertainment / Showtime / DeAPlaneta / Deltamac Co. / Eagle Films / Gativideo / Independent Film Channel (IFC) / Kinowelt Home Entertainment / Lionsgate / Maple Pictures / Nelonen / StudioCanal / Universal Pictures / Veronica
Saw II movie
Saw II release date
- October 28, 2005 : UK
- October 28, 2005 : Ireland
- October 28, 2005 : USA
- October 29, 2005 : Japan
- November 17, 2005 : Australia
- December 1, 2005 : Singapore
- December 2, 2005 : Spain
- December 28, 2005 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- December 28, 2005 : France
- January 5, 2006 : Switzerland (Italian speaking region)
- February 1, 2006 : Philippines (Manila)
- February 9, 2006 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- February 9, 2006 : Germany
- February 10, 2006 : Sweden
- March 30, 2006 : Israel
Saw II cast
- Tobin Bell as Jigsaw / John
- Shawnee Smith as Amanda
- Donnie Wahlberg as Eric Matthews
- Erik Knudsen as Daniel Matthews
- Franky G as Xavier
- Glenn Plummer as Jonas
- Emmanuelle Vaugier as Addison
- Beverley Mitchell as Laura
- Timothy Burd as Obi
- Dina Meyer as Kerry
- Lyriq Bent as Rigg
- Noam Jenkins as Michael
- Tony Nappo as Gus
- Kelly Jones as SWAT Member Pete
- Vincent Rother as SWAT Member Joe
The Saw II movie features Jigsaw being apprehended by the police, but trapping the arresting officer in one of his own games while showing another game of eight people — including the officer’s son — in progress on TV monitors at another location. It also explores some of John Kramer’s backstory, providing a partial explanation of his reason for becoming Jigsaw.
After the financial success of Saw, a sequel was immediately green-lit. Leigh Whannell and James Wan were busy preparing for their next film and were unable to write or direct. Bousman wrote a script called The Desperate before Saw was released and was looking for a producer but many studios rejected it. Gregg Hoffman received the script and showed it to his partners Mark Burg and Oren Koules. It was decided that, with some changes, it could be made into Saw II. Whannell became available to provide rewrites of the script. The film was given a larger budget and was shot from May to June 2005 in Toronto.
Saw II was released on October 28, 2005, and despite mixed reviews from critics was a financial success. It opened with $31.9 million and grossed $88 million in the United States and Canada. It has remained the highest grossing Saw film in those countries. Bell was nominated for “Best Villain” at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards for his role as Jigsaw in the film. Saw II was released to DVD on February 14, 2006, and topped charts its first week, selling more than 3 million units. At the time, it was the fastest-selling theatrical DVD in Lionsgate’s history. A sequel, titled Saw III, was released in 2006.
Informant Michael Marks awakens in a room with a spike-filled mask locked around his neck. A videotape informs him that in order to unlock the device, he must cut into his eye to obtain the key. He sets off the timer and finds the scalpel, but cannot bring himself to retrieve the key and is killed after sixty seconds when the mask closes.
At the scene of Michael’s game, Detective Allison Kerry finds a message for her former partner, Detective Eric Matthews, and calls him in. Despite not wanting to be involved in the case, Eric reluctantly joins Kerry and Officer Daniel Rigg in leading a SWAT team to the factory, which produced the lock from Michael’s trap. There they find and apprehend John Kramer, the Jigsaw Killer, who is weak from cancer. He indicates several computer monitors showing eight people trapped in a house; including his only known survivor Amanda Young, and Eric’s estranged son Daniel. The other victims are Xavier, Gus, Jonas, Laura, Addison, and Obi. A nerve agent filling the house will kill them all within two hours, but John assures Eric that if he follows the rules of his own game, by simply talking with John, he will see Daniel again. At Kerry’s urging, Eric agrees in order to buy time for the tech team to arrive and trace the video signal.
The victims are informed by a microcassette recorder that antidotes are hidden throughout the house; one is in the room’s safe, and they have the combination with the “numbers in the back of their mind”. Xavier ignores a warning note and uses the key provided with the cassette on the door, which fires a bullet through the peephole as Gus looks through it, killing him. They search the house for more antidotes after the door opens, but with no success. After discovering a door, the group travel to the basement where Obi, who is revealed to have helped with the abductions, is forced into a crematory oven to obtain two antidotes. He inadvertently activates the trap and is burned to death before the others can save him, destroying the antidotes as well. In another room, Xavier’s test is to go into a pit full of needles and retrieve the key to the door in two minutes, but he instead throws Amanda into the pit and forces her to do it. Pressured, she searches through the needle pit until finally retrieving the key, which she gives to Xavier, but he runs out of time to unlock the door containing the antidote. Throughout the game, the victims discuss connections between them and determine that each has been incarcerated before, excluding Daniel.
Meanwhile, John passes the time with both idle and cryptic chat, eventually telling Eric that his survival of a suicide attempt after his diagnosis is the true reason for his games.Then, he destroys several of John’s documents and sketches at Kerry’s suggestion, but fails to provoke John. As the tech team arrives, John reveals the connection between the victims: Eric has framed all of them for various crimes.
Having left the others, Xavier returns to the safe room and finds a colored number on the back of Gus’ neck. After realizing the answer to the clue, he kills Jonas with a spiked bat for his number after a brief fight and begins hunting the others. Laura succumbs to the nerve agent and dies, after finding the clue revealing Daniel’s identity. Addison and Amanda abandon him, but Amanda returns after finding Jonas’ body. Addison finds a glass box containing an antidote, but her arms become trapped in the arm holes which are lined with hidden blades. Xavier enters the room, reads Addison’s number, and leaves her to die. Amanda and Daniel find a tunnel in the safe room, which leads to the bathroom from the first film. Daniel collapses inside just before Xavier finds them. Amanda notes that he cannot read his own number, so he cuts a piece of the back of his neck off. As he approaches Amanda as an attempt to kill her, Daniel, who feigned his collapse, jumps in the way and slashes his throat with a hacksaw, killing him.
Having seen Xavier chasing his son, Eric brutally assaults John and forces him to lead him to the house. John’s sitting area is revealed to be an elevator, which they use to leave the factory. The tech team tracks the video’s source and Rigg leads his team to a house, where they find VCRs playing previously recorded images. As Kerry realizes the game took place “before” they found John, the timer expires and a large safe opens, revealing Daniel bound and breathing into an oxygen mask. Eric enters the house alone and eventually locates the bathroom, where he is attacked by a pig-masked figure. He awakens shackled at the ankle to a pipe, and a tape recorder left by Amanda reveals that she is John’s accomplice and intends to continue his work after he dies. Amanda suddenly appears in the doorway, and says “Game Over” before sealing the door, leaving Eric to die.
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