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Saw II

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2005 1 Jan
Saw II
from Film Forum, 11/03/05

This week's box office champion was, unfortunately, Saw II. Yes, with the opportunity to see fine works of art and splendid entertainment, America instead chose to watch human beings chopped up into lots of blood-splattered pieces.

David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) writes that this sequel "follows the original's lead in conceiving ever more twisted ways to kill and maim while packaging torturous cruelty as shock entertainment."

Brett Willis (Christian Spotlight) writes, "Skip the original, and skip this sequel. No one needs to see this."

Marcus Yoars (Plugged In) speaks for many when he writes, "It's hard to imagine topping the vile content of the original Saw, in which blood gushed as freely as water over Niagara Falls. Yet somehow—somehow!—the makers of this entirely unnecessary sequel have managed to do it … How filmmakers can justify celebrating such an onslaught of gore and violence is fundamentally baffling. Equally so is the willingness of people to pay money to see it."

Mainstream critics are also hacking Saw II to pieces.