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Saw II (2005) is the second film in the Saw horror film series.

Set some time after the first movie, the police manage to track Jigsaw's location and, after a raid, finally have him cornered. However Jigsaw reveals that there is another game currently in place in a secret location involving a group of people stuck in a building full of deadly traps where they must survive and find the antidote before the nerve gas filling the building slowly kills them.

Jigsaw reveals he'll only tell them their location if one of the officers, Eric Matthews, plays a game with him. Eric finds himself having no choice but to do so when he discovers that his son's life is on the line as one of the participants of the other game's location.


This film provides examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: The razor box trap was actually meant for Gus, the man who was shot in the head by the peephole gun. Addison's trap was apparently going to have an (unseen) waffle iron-like grill pressed against her face, but she was ultimately the victim of the box instead.
  • Batter Up!: An insane Xavier murders Jonas with a nail-covered baseball bat.
  • Big "NO!": Addison, shortly after Xavier leaves her to bleed to death in her glass box trap.
    • Eric, shortly after he fails his test and is left to die in the bathroom Lawrence and Adam were in.
  • Booby Trap: Poor SWAT team members one through four early on.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Gus dies.
  • Clutching Hand Trap: The movies typically go the Hand in the Hole route, but this one has a more seriously played version. In one room, a glass box hanging from the ceiling contains a syringe of antidote for the nerve gas that was slowly killing the characters. Addison finds the box, reaches in through holes in the bottom, and finds out too late that the holes are fitted with folding razors that slice into her arms when she tries to pull them out. She is left to die of either blood loss or gas poisoning.
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  • Cut Apart: Near the end of the film, three separate groups (a SWAT team, a police detective, and one house victim chasing two others) look like they're about to meet. It's soon revealed that none of them are in position to meet each other.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Laura convulses and succumbs to the toxin as Amanda cradles her.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Despite the presence of multiple dead people who she could have taken a pair of shoes from, Amanda is barefoot throughout almost the whole film, including the needle pit scene.
  • Exact Words: John tells Eric that if they talk long enough, Eric will find his kidnapped son in "a safe and secure place." At the end of the movie, it's revealed that Eric's son was locked in a safe in John's hideout, just a few feet away from Eric the whole time.
  • Eye Scream:
    • The first five minutes involve a man named Michael being placed in an iron maiden-like mask harnessed around his neck, with the key being surgically placed behind one of his eyes. Additionally, he is given tools to remove it, which he is unable to do, and the mask closes around his head.
    • Gus takes a bullet through his eye as he looks into the peephole of a door with a magnum triggered to be set off when the door is unlocked.
  • Final Girl: Subverted. Amanda Young appears to fulfill this role best, but then it's revealed at the end that she was working with Jigsaw all along.
  • Foreshadowing: Amanda immediately searches for a tape recorder upon waking up in the house, distressedly telling the others that it will explain everything about their situation, with the explanation that she's "played before". Anyone who remembers the first movie will know that her game had a video that played instantly, rather than having to find and play a cassette, being the earliest hint that she's in on it. She's also very insistent that Jigsaw is not a killer and wants them to survive, and that everyone needs to play by the rules, as another clue to the reveal.
  • Gas Chamber: There's a building slowly filling with gas, with the victims searching for hidden antidotes in order to survive.
  • Hope Spot: Even after the furnace goes off with Obi inside, he's still alive when they manage to break the glass door and he gets his head and one arm out - then he dies from his wounds anyway. And the hand that's holding the antidote needles is still inside the furnace.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Overlapping with Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor.
    • When Jigsaw gives Michael a hint as to where the key for his mask is (flashing a picture of his X-ray, revealing that the key is located behind his right eye), he quips "It's right before your eyes", and possibly lampshades it with his sinister chuckle afterwards.
    • Jigsaw telling Eric that his son is in a "safe" place is also this. See Exact Words for the reason why.
    • The victims inside the gas house are told the numbers are "in the back of your mind," meaning that they're written on their necks.
  • Karmic Death: Obi, an arsonist, burns to death.
  • Murder by Cremation: Obi in has to climb inside a furnace to retrieve one of the keys, but inadvertently activates the trap, locking himself until he's burned to death. He had a chance to live, however: Jigsaw hinted that "Once you are in hell, only the devil can help you out." and inside the furnace there was a painting of the devil pointing to the furnace's gas valve with "Twist" next to it. The problem was that Obi would have had to crawl back into the flames to turn the valve.
  • Nice Guy: Though he's a juvenile delinquent, Daniel is the only one in the house who shows the most empathy and concern for the others, expressing outrage when Xavier throws Amanda into the needle pit, and never puts himself and his safety above anyone else's.
  • Patience Plot: Jigsaw's test for Eric is pretty much designed around this, wanting him to simply listen to his life story and philosophy for why he does his actions under a certain time limit so he can see his son again, who's currently trapped in a building with others that's being pumped with nerve gas. Eric however becomes too impatient at the halfway mark and ultimately threatens Jigsaw to tell him where his son is to which Jigsaw trick him into going into a false location. Turns out Jigsaw was being truthful as the game that was being played on the other end and shown on the monitors was pre-recorded meaning the events of the building had already transpired. His son had already survived the game and was put in a safe underneath Eric the entire time. If Eric's anger hadn't got the better of him and he managed to wait out the time limit, he would've found his son safe and sound.
  • P.O.V. Cam: How the film's first trap scene starts, with the camera's quick swiping representing the victim frantically looking around the room.
  • Predator Turned Protector: Though Amanda was sent into the nerve house as a set of eyes and ears for Jigsaw and was in on the plan the whole time, she develops a sense of responsibility for Daniel, him being just a teenager and really only being in the house because of his father's actions. She speaks openly with him and the two of them cling to each other as they run from Xavier. She's genuinely heartbroken when she thinks he's succumbed to the poison and died, and clings to him when he's crying after he kills Xavier.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Michael, the film's first trap victim, has one of these as his last words moments before the iron maiden-esque mask around his head closes.
  • The Reveal: Amanda is actually Jigsaw's accomplice. And the events in the house are not taking place at the same time as the cops are watching it.
  • Secret Test of Character: Not necessarily as secret as others, but the entire point of the movie is testing whether Eric has changed, and seeing if he can sit and wait instead of resorting to violence.
  • Sequencing Deception: There are two subplots, people in a deathtrap-filled house and a police team, including the father of one of the people in the house, watching them on closed-circuit TV. It later turns out that the closed-circuit TV footage is recorded and his son is in fact in the same building where he is as he watches the recordings. The characters have the same mistaken impression as the viewer.
  • Schmuck Bait: The razor box trap. It's a glass box which holds one of the antidotes for the toxin pumped in the house. If you reach both hands into it, razors will press into your arms and keep them trapped inside until you either bleed to death or die from the poison. Addison falls victim to it, and is left screaming after Xavier leaves her to die. If she had only reached one hand in and used the other hand to keep the blades propped open, she could have gotten the antidote and escaped the trap free of harm.
  • Shout-Out: Jigsaw's house is The Last House on the Left.
  • Time Bomb: Subverted for the most part in contrast to the sequels, as very few of the traps are actually timed. One is the Death Mask which the victim fails and has his head find an unfortunate meeting with a lot of spikes, another is the needle pit which doesn't hold any penalty other than one of the antidotes being lost forever, and the biggest one is of course the house itself with its gaseous neurotoxin that will kill the players if they don't find antidotes or escape quickly enough.
    • Ironically inverted for Eric's test since, instead of a countdown toward doom, the clock is counting up toward Daniel's freedom. Eric fails by being a ticking time bomb himself and going off before the game has time to finish and thus sealing his doom.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Aside from general arguing and screaming in the face of danger and/or with the toxin filling the air, three traps in particular prey on nothing more than the victim making a particularly illogical decision:
    • The group finds a note specifically telling them not to try a key to a door. Xavier then immediately goes to unlock the door anyway, with Gus looking in the peephole. What he was looking into? The barrel of a loaded gun which fires when the door is unlocked.
    • The group later finds a furnace with an antidote inside of it, to which Obi volunteers to retrieve (since the trap was made for him in mind anyway). He walks into the furnace and grabs it without a second thought, immediately setting the furnace off and burning him to death. If he took the time to look around inside, he would have seen the valve that turns the fire off, but once he notices its existence it's already too late.
    • Addison, after sticking her hand inside of the razor box and having it get caught, then immediately pushes the other hand inside! There was also a key on the back of the box that could have opened it up safely, but she didn't take the time to look and wound up trapped.
    • There's also the fact that there is an antidote in a safe and the combination numbers are written on the back of each victim's neck. If everyone had just worked together and acted less impulsively, somebody would likely have noticed this rather quickly and that antidote would have been theirs.
  • Wham Line: "It's not live."
  • Wham Shot: When they finally find the house, the cops enter a room with several monitors and DVR's, one of which says "PLAY." When they press pause, both the footage in the house and at Jigsaw's workship freeze.


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