While Saw 2 lacks the concentrated claustrophobia of the original, it does deliver some squirm in your seat moments, the squirmiest being a plunge into a pit full of hypodermic needles. It doesn’t help that the new cast members lack the acting chops of the actors from the first movie (former New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg is no Danny Glover). The ending however is pretty clever and leaves things wide open for part 3.
Shawnee (The Blob) Smith and Dina (Starship Troopers) Meyer return from the first film and are joined by victims Glen (Showgirls) Plummer and Franky G (The Italian Job). The original’s writing and directing team of Leigh Whannell and James Wan executive produced the film which was helmed by first timer Darren Lynn Bousman.