Saw II

Saw II ★★★★

For a while it seems like a backward step to fall back on a slasher-style storyline for this first sequel, but the aggressive, selfish character of Xavier eventually turns it into something much more interesting, and the second half of the movie is awesome fun.

One of the oddest things about Saw II is that, rather than call back Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell and Danny Glover to reprise their roles, they brought back three characters who'd only appeared in the original for about three minutes between them: Detective Kerry, Amanda and of course John Kramer. That sort of thing will happen two or three more times in subsequent sequels.

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