Saw II

Saw II ★★★

James Wan vacates the director's chair and his absence is immediately felt onscreen: whereas Wan actually used the claustrophobia of the 1.85 aspect ratio to his advantage, "Saw II" tends to feel televisual. That said, while "Saw II" may not be as well directed as the original, the narrative here is probably more entertaining: the body count is higher, and Tobin Bell is afforded ample screentime as the gloating, malevolent Jigsaw.

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