Excellent and certainly provocative... If nothing else, the film is a real conversation starter.
It is neither dumb nor smart enough to be fun, and spends way too much time with its boring human characters.
I expected gore from a Texas Chainsaw movie, but not this much. The amount of gore, ugly deaths, killing and blood in this movie are over the top. The whole psycho family is scary enough just by looking at their way of acting and living, but Tomy, the killer is the real deal... brace yourselfes for a real horror journey. I must admit the story is cringe enough, but I expected nothing more and nothing less, since that is the not main point of the movie.
I thought that this film had the exact same format as the remake predecessor. It satisfied the stunning lead lady criteria and checked the chainsaw killing box with a big bold tick. The effects are gory, the woman damn sexy and the whole thing just a formulaic copy of the less than original remake. At least the sequel to the original did something sufficiently different to distinguish it from its predecessor. This satisfies as a wild ride that will leave you on the edge of your seat or hiding behind your fingers without originality.
It's predictable given Bay's presence as producer that this replaces the original's atmosphere, scares and genuinely berserk feeling--as well as any strengths the intervening movies had--with routine sexploitation, gore/sadism, and loutish humor. It's slickly made, but there's nothing inspired or even very effective about it. I guess the gore is well done, but I don't find gore a plus all by itself when there's no real human engagement or suspenseful setpieces to heighten its impact. Lee Ermey's character is a banal villain. I can't even think of more to say about it, it's so devoid of any real interest or value save as a cash machine milking one more usage out of the franchise. (But not the last such--I haven't seen "3D," so can't say if that's any better.)
Going on a road-trip together, two brothers and their girlfriends going to reenlist in the Army find their stop-off in Texas puts them into contact with the vicious Hewitt family and their chainsaw- wielding son Leatherface and must find a way of getting away alive.This one was a pretty big disappointment, and only has several good things throughout it. One of the biggest positives for this one is that this ups considerably the two factors that had plagued the previous entries in the gore and body count. This one has almost enough deaths than all the previous entries alone, and it generates these through some rather some fun scenes in here. The car chase from the bar and the resulting crash where they get confronted by the family is quite a rather chilling sequence where they get taken away in a creepy manner, while the cutting scenes in the basement are quite stomach-churning there's quite a lot more to like here from the creepiness of the family as they hold the friends hostage. From their torture methods of continually hitting them to continually forcing them to perform arduous tasks in impossible conditions and leaving traps that prevent their escape to their sheer calmness at all of the brutality unleashed and all of their bizarre traditions, they seem weird and creepy which is a great facet that lets the gore really fly in here. The only other thing that works is the final chase through the meat factory which is really great as well, being a really long, brutal and exceptionally gory sequence in a creepy location with an emphasis on suspense and is full of action that soon leads into the great confrontation in the car that ends this in a great manner. These are all that work for the film as this one is a really big disappointment, especially against the first one. The fact that there's very little going is a big one, since it never really does anything interesting for most of the movie with little slashes of interesting scenes here and there, but most of it concerns the group talking or the family making threats against them, and that is a major source of frustration. This is due to them holding them captive for a while and yet there's a long time in between before they start killing with most of that time spent on making threats coupled with pretty mild torture scenes before it leads to killing. There's also the fact that this one also suffers from what the others in the series suffer from, namely the lack of threat from Leatherface as the amount of screen time for Leatherface is quite minimal, making it hard to feel anything but the terror evinced from what he's doing. There's no motive for what's happening and that works even less in building fear for him. That he causes only a couple of deaths is another disappointment, since there's only so much that he can do that at some point it just becomes rudimentary that others would have a higher kill total. That there is the biggest one in lowering the threat of the villain, and also helps to sink the film a lot, as well as its other flaws.Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.