Adam Hursey’s review published on Letterboxd:
Much like the original Saw, Saw 2 is a film that I knew I had seen but about which I remembered very little. This time, the only thing I remembered was the pit of needles and syringes. I mean, who could forget?
And yet again I was surprised at how much I "enjoyed" this film. It kept me engaged throughout. A pretty solid premise for a sequel--it did not repeat the same beats from the original while still having plenty of callbacks for successful continuity. While the film is plenty gory, I didn't consider this one to be torture porn either, which is what my initial thoughts were (I think--there has to be a reason I stopped watching after this one).
I'm looking forward to continuing my journey through the Saw collection. I'm sure it only goes down from here, but you never know. Sometimes sequels can surprise me in unexpected ways...