- Darren Lynn Bousman
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Iíll admit that I had some fun with it, maybe because it became the kind of film thatís ďso bad itís good.Ē The premise is interesting: Detective Eric Matthews (played by Donnie Wahlberg, whom I hadnít seen since The Sixth Sense (1999) and now I know I wasnít missing much) is chosen by the evil Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) as victim for one of his diabolical games, one much larger in proportion than those we saw before: he has put several people inside a booby trapped house, including Ericís son Daniel (Erik Knudsen), who will eventually die from a deadly gas theyíre breathing unless they find the antidote. Jigsaw gives up his location too easily, but is immune to Matthews and his people since he holds those people hostage. Even as the people in the house (including Amanda, from the first film, played by Shawnee Smith now more prominently featured) play Jigsawís deadly games (all punished for some reason, except young Daniel), Matthews must decipher a puzzle of his own if he wants to see his son again. So itís a game inside a game, with many surprises to behold.
Of course it sounds interesting! The possibilities are countless, just imagine the first Saw multiplied, so many people having to find the answers to the psychoís riddles, having to work as a team perhaps, and maybe destroy each other in order to survive. Itíd be great, but itís completely blown. After having seen the film I read that itís a reworking of a script by young director Bousman, adapted to fit a Saw-like storyline. This shows. The people inside the house just donít make any sense, everything they do is unbelievable, their reactions are implausible, and the situations always seem to miraculously fit the plotís necessities.
Brian Cox, playing real-life screenwriting guru Robert McKee, says in Adaptation. (2002) that if you wile the audience in the end, you got a hit, despite previous flaws and problems. I never saw a clearer case than this movie. My friend I saw it with, who agreed to every problem I pointed out, was excited when we walked out. I was pissed off, but I will admit that on my way home I enjoyed thinking back and figuring out how it all worked out.
Does that make it any better? Maybe a half star. The rest is all gore, awkwardness, and futile attempts to constantly remind us what movie this is a sequel of. Thereís no sequel here, really, just an excuse to make money. But heck, thatís what the world is about, and the attempt was successful, so what can I say? People who walk into this movie should know what to expect. Hopefully theyíll enjoy it.
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