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Saw II


Source: Catholic News Service

Repellent follow-up to 2004's "Saw," this time involving a hard-nosed police detective (Donnie Wahlberg) whose estranged teenage son (Erik Knudsen) -- along with eight other victims -- becomes the newest pawn in a sadistic game elaborately engineered by the homicidal mastermind known as "Jigsaw" (Tobin Bell). Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, the sequel follows the original's lead in conceiving ever more twisted ways to kill and maim while packaging torturous cruelty as shock entertainment. Pervasive bloody violence and gore, including bodily mutilation and a scene of someone burned alive, brief drug content, much rough and crude language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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