Saw II

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Gruesome and explicit -- not for kids.

R 2005 93 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 71 reviews

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age 15+

Geniuses, mimd boggling film has grisly violence and language

Saw II follows an extremely complicated story of murder, revenge and torture. That being said the film is very graphic, and contains foul language. VIOLENCE: A man wakes up with a 2 sided mask covered with nails on the inside strapped to his face and opened. His eye is also bloody, and he is told to cut into his eye with a scalpel to remove a key so he can stop the mask before it slams shut and the nails would impale his face. He desperately tries to cut his eye but struggles to make himself do it before the mask with nails slams on his face and blood spills out of the eyeholes on the mask and pools on the floor. A man is suddenly shot in the eye through a hole in a door. Gory wounds and blood pooling shown. A man crawls into a massive oven before it starts burning with him inside. He desperately tries to escape and screams before another man breaks a hole into the oven and the mans head and hand bursts out of it while appearing burnt before his torso also burns and he dies. A woman is thrown into a pit of used heroin needles, and is forced to crawl through and find a key while continuously being poked and stabbed with the needles. Afterwards, the needles are pulled out in up close shots. A woman sticks her hands into a box, but realizes that the place she stuck her hands into was covered in razor blades. As she tries to remove her hands, the blades slowly cut into her hands and blood pours down her arms. She never escapes. A man is slammed in the head with a spiked bat which is later pulled out of his head. Bloody and disturbing. A man uses a knife to slice out skin from the back of his neck. He then takes the bloody skin and puts it in his pocket. A man has his throat slit with a hacksaw. Bloody and graphic injury is shown. Dead bodies from the first film are shown, including a caved in head, a sliced off foot and another corpse. A man is stabbed with a random object. LANGUAGE: Around 70 uses of “f*ck” and other words like “sh*t” can be heard. DRUG CONTENT: A woman is briefly shown shooting heroin, other mild drug content offscreen. SEXUAL CONTENT: Mild references. OVERALL: 15+ for strong grisly violence and images, brief drug use and for pervasive language

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 12+


Violence 5/5 Sex 1.5/5 Language 5/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 2.5/5

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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