Carrie Underwood

Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country singer who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol.

Early years

Carrie Underwood was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and raised in a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma.

At the age of 13, her manager at the time tried to get a recording contract at Capitol Records, but due to management changes at Capitol it never materialized.

Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. Underwood attended Northeastern State University, where she majored in mass communication and is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.

Idol

Underwood's musical influences include pop, but are predominantly country; she stated during Idol auditions that her favorite singer is Martina McBride. On the April 20 elimination show, Underwood demonstrated her ability to play the guitar. She can also play piano and yodel, the latter of which was demonstrated on the Tonight Show the night after she won.

After singing Martina McBride's "Independence Day" Simon Cowell said he couldn't believe no one has discovered her yet.

On the March 22 show, after a performance of Heart's "Alone", Simon Cowell said, "Carrie, you're not just the girl to beat, you're the person to beat. I will make a prediction, not only will you win this competition, but you will sell more records than any other previous 'Idol' winner." Cowell went on to say on the March 30 show that she has the "it factor" that will make her a star.

On her last song of the night in the final two, Carrie's spectacular performance of "Angels Brought Me Here" had Simon saying, "I think you've done enough to win the competition." On May 25, 2005, she became the fourth winner of American Idol, beating Southern rocker Bo Bice, and she joins Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken as the only contestants who have never been one of the "bottom three" singers during any week's results. During the season, Constantine Maroulis tried to flirt with her but she refused to go out with him.

Post-Idol career

As part of her title, Underwood gained a recording contract with Arista Records; her first single, "Inside Your Heaven", was released on June 14, 2005. The single debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 170,000 copies, and briefly stopped Mariah Carey's run at #1 with "We Belong Together." One week later, runner-up, Bo Bice, released his version of the song, which debuted at #2. Underwood's version was shunned by country radio reaching a peak of #59 on the country charts. [1] The B-side is "Independence Day", a cover of the Martina McBride hit.

Some Hearts CD Cover

Underwood performed a well-received "The Star Spangled Banner" before Game 4 of the 2005 NBA Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. In the same year, she starred in ads for Hershey's Chocolate. The commercials have Underwood singing Hershey jingles like the jingles for Hershey's, Kit Kat and Almond Joy. She is also wearing vintage Hershey T-shirts that feature Hershey's, Almond Joy, Kit Kat, Reeses and other chocolate brand logos. The T-Shirts are now available to buy with proofs of purchase. Underwood is also the latest spokesperson for Skechers shoes, following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

Underwood's second single, "Jesus, Take The Wheel" was made available for radio airplay on October 18, 2005. It received so much airplay that it debuted at #39 on the Billboard Country Chart in its first week, setting a record. It is currently ranked at #1 in its thirteenth week on that chart. The single also debuted at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it currently sits at #26 after reaching a peak at #25.

Her initial album release, entitled Some Hearts, hit store shelves on November 15, 2005. [2] On that same day, she presented an award and performed "Jesus, Take The Wheel" at the 39th Country Music Association awards in New York City. When the week's sales figures were tabulated, Some Hearts entered the Billboard 200 chart with 315,000 copies sold. The large first week sales of Some Hearts made it #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the biggest debut of any country artist since the advent of the SoundScan system in 1990.

In December 2005, Underwood was named "Oklahoman of the Year" by Oklahoma Today magazine.

On January 9th 2006, Some Hearts was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA with shipments of over 2 million units, making it the fastest-selling debut country album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan.[3]

"Don't Forget to Remember Me" was recently announced as the next single. [4]

Personal life

As of November 2005, Carrie Underwood is currently dating Northeastern State University student Chad Eagleton. Pictures of the two of them surfaced when Chad Eagelton posted pictures of him and Carrie at the Maxim after party on his Facebook account. During American Idol she dated Drake Clark, also from Northeastern State University. Carrie Underwood and Drake Clark agreed to break it off since the two were not spending enough time together.

She is a big sports fan. Her favorite sports teams are the Boston Red Sox, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Lakers.

List of Underwood's performances on American Idol

Auditions and pre-performance rounds

  • St. Louis Auditions - "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Original Artist: Bonnie Raitt)
  • Hollywood 1 - "Young Hearts (Run Free)" (O.A.: Candi Staton)"
  • Hollywood 2 - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride)

Live performances

  • Semi-Final Performance 1 (Women Top 12) - "Could've Been" (O.A.: Tiffany)
  • Semi-Final Performance 2 (Women Top 10) - "Piece of My Heart" (O.A.: Faith Hill's version of Janis Joplin's classic)
  • Semi-Final Performance 3 (Women Top 8) - "Because You Love Me" (O.A.: Jo Dee Messina)
  • Finals Top 12 Performance (Songs of the 60's) - "When Will I Be Loved" (O.A.: The Everly Brothers)
  • Finals Top 11 Performance (Billboard #1's) - "Alone" (O.A.: Heart)
  • Finals Top 10 Performance (Songs of the 90's) - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride)
  • Finals Top 9 Performance (Broadway Musicals) - "Hello Young Lovers" (O.A.: Johnny Mathis)
  • Finals Top 8 Performance (Songs from Contestants' Birthyear) - "Love Is a Battlefield" (O.A.: Pat Benatar)
  • Finals Top 7 Performance (70's Dance Music) - "MacArthur Park" (O.A.: Donna Summer's version of Richard Harris' hit)
  • Finals Top 6 Performance (Songs of the 21st Century) - "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues" (O.A.: Martina McBride)
  • Finals Top 5 Performance 1 (Leiber and Stoller Songs) - "Trouble" (O.A.: Elvis Presley)
  • Finals Top 5 Performance 2 (Billboard top 40) - "Bless the Broken Road" (O.A.: Rascal Flatts' version of Marcus Hummon's "Bless the Broken Road")
  • Finals Top 4 Performance 1 (Nashville Songs) - "Sin Wagon" (O.A.: The Dixie Chicks)
  • Finals Top 4 Performance 2 (Gamble and Huff Songs) - "If You Don't Know Me by Now" (O.A.: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
  • Finals Top 3 Performance 1 (Clive Davis' choice) - "Crying" (O.A.: Roy Orbison)
  • Finals Top 3 Performance 2 (Performer's choice) - "Making Love out of Nothing at All" (O.A.: Air Supply)
  • Finals Top 3 Performance 3 (Judges' choice) - "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (O.A.: Shania Twain)
  • Finals Top 2 Performance 1 (new song written for AI) - "Inside Your Heaven"
  • Finals Top 2 Performance 2 (favorite from season) - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride)
  • Finals Top 2 Performance 3 (song originally written for Australian Idol) - "Angels Brought Me Here" (O.A.: Guy Sebastian)
  • Final Results Show (duet with Bo Bice) - "Up Where We Belong" (O.A.: Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker)
  • Final Results Show (performance with Rascal Flatts) - "Bless the Broken Road"
  • Final Results Show (post-win performance of first single) - "Inside Your Heaven"

Discography

Albums

Singles

Awards

2005 Billboard Music Awards

  • Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood (Won)
  • Country Single Sales Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood (Won)
  • Top-Selling Country Single of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood (Won)

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. Her favorite sports teams are the Boston Red Sox, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Lakers. (disputed ). She is a big sports fan. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Although some argue that he depended on a significant amount of uncuntrolable events to happen, that is not the case because as we later learn it was all a recording and he knew before the cops arrived what was going on. Carrie Underwood and Drake Clark agreed to break it off since the two were not spending enough time together.
Even more so than then the previous film, Jigsaw's diabolic "games" require a large amount of planning, causing some film critics to liken his murderous schemes to Rube Goldberg machines.

During American Idol she dated Drake Clark, also from Northeastern State University. Jigsaw is shown, still sitting in Matthew's van, badly beaten but smiling. Pictures of the two of them surfaced when Chad Eagelton posted pictures of him and Carrie at the Maxim after party on his Facebook account. Matthews, chained to a pipe, is left in the room alone only with the light from his flashlight and his gun now just out of reach. As of November 2005, Carrie Underwood is currently dating Northeastern State University student Chad Eagleton. "Game over," she says, iterating Jigsaw's catchphrase. [4]. Matthews then watches helplessly as Amanda closes the door on him.

"Don't Forget to Remember Me" was recently announced as the next single. In a series of flashbacks we understand why Jigsaw was happy to sit back while Matthews tore his work up and see that Amanda was the one who brought Daniel back to be placed in the safe. On January 9th 2006, Some Hearts was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA with shipments of over 2 million units, making it the fastest-selling debut country album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan.[3]. Playing the tape, Matthews learns that Amanda has become Jigsaw's protégé and has now taken his place. In December 2005, Underwood was named "Oklahoman of the Year" by Oklahoma Today magazine. When Matthews wakes up, he finds an audio cassette player lying next to him. The large first week sales of Some Hearts made it #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the biggest debut of any country artist since the advent of the SoundScan system in 1990. He had been there already when the SWAT team came into the building and found Jigsaw, two hours earlier; had Matthews followed the rules to Jigsaw's "game", he would have found his son "in a safe, secure place" just as Jigsaw had told him.

When the week's sales figures were tabulated, Some Hearts entered the Billboard 200 chart with 315,000 copies sold. The timer in the room at Wilson Steel expires and a safe across the room opens to reveal Daniel, wearing an oxygen mask, weary but alive. [2] On that same day, she presented an award and performed "Jesus, Take The Wheel" at the 39th Country Music Association awards in New York City. The attacker removes the mask, it is Amanda. Her initial album release, entitled Some Hearts, hit store shelves on November 15, 2005. Matthews drops to the floor. The single also debuted at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it currently sits at #26 after reaching a peak at #25. He approaches cautiously, but the person inside, wearing the same animal mask from the first film, leaps up and stabs him in the leg with a syringe.

It is currently ranked at #1 in its thirteenth week on that chart. Matthews gets into the darkened bathroom, and sees someone lying in the bathtub. It received so much airplay that it debuted at #39 on the Billboard Country Chart in its first week, setting a record. A shot of a syringe here explains how Daniel has survived the exposure to gas. Underwood's second single, "Jesus, Take The Wheel" was made available for radio airplay on October 18, 2005. Meanwhile Detective Matthews enters through a back door, finds the open trapdoor and goes down to search for Daniel. Underwood is also the latest spokesperson for Skechers shoes, following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. We now know how Jigsaw was able to say 'I haven't looked at the monitors for a while but I assume [Daniel] is still sitting in a corner...'.

The T-Shirts are now available to buy with proofs of purchase. For Kerry and the movie audience it turns out that, as mentioned above, the images on the monitors, shown in the movie in parallel with the events filmed by the video cameras, were not a live feed, but were showing a recording of earlier events, and that the broadcast location where the SWAT team has arrived is not the location where the events have taken place. She is also wearing vintage Hershey T-shirts that feature Hershey's, Almond Joy, Kit Kat, Reeses and other chocolate brand logos. While the SWAT team enters what they and Kerry assume to be the same house, Kerry is watching the monitors, confused that the cameras aren't showing them in the house. The commercials have Underwood singing Hershey jingles like the jingles for Hershey's, Kit Kat and Almond Joy. He moves in to kill Amanda, Daniel suddenly jumps forward, crushing Xavier's ankle and, using the hacksaw from the first movie, slits Xavier's throat, killing him. In the same year, she starred in ads for Hershey's Chocolate. Xavier, now insane from the poison, takes his knife and slices a section of skin off the back of his neck.

Underwood performed a well-received "The Star Spangled Banner" before Game 4 of the 2005 NBA Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. Amanda tells Xavier that Daniel is dead and that if he kills her, he won't be able to find out the number on his own neck. [1] The B-side is "Independence Day", a cover of the Martina McBride hit. Lawrence Gordon's severed foot are still there, in a state of advanced decay and covered with fungus and mold. Underwood's version was shunned by country radio reaching a peak of #59 on the country charts. The bodies of Adam and Zep, and Dr. The single debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 170,000 copies, and briefly stopped Mariah Carey's run at #1 with "We Belong Together." One week later, runner-up, Bo Bice, released his version of the song, which debuted at #2. He follows them, cornering them in the infamous bathroom from the first movie.

As part of her title, Underwood gained a recording contract with Arista Records; her first single, "Inside Your Heaven", was released on June 14, 2005. They go through the hatch just as Xavier breaks through. During the season, Constantine Maroulis tried to flirt with her but she refused to go out with him. Amanda pushes aside the safe, revealing a trap door underneath. On her last song of the night in the final two, Carrie's spectacular performance of "Angels Brought Me Here" had Simon saying, "I think you've done enough to win the competition." On May 25, 2005, she became the fourth winner of American Idol, beating Southern rocker Bo Bice, and she joins Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken as the only contestants who have never been one of the "bottom three" singers during any week's results. Amanda and Daniel retreat to the first room as Xavier tries breaking through the door to get at them. I will make a prediction, not only will you win this competition, but you will sell more records than any other previous 'Idol' winner." Cowell went on to say on the March 30 show that she has the "it factor" that will make her a star. He finds the dead bodies of the victims littered throughout the rooms.

On the March 22 show, after a performance of Heart's "Alone", Simon Cowell said, "Carrie, you're not just the girl to beat, you're the person to beat. Matthews gets inside, still believing that the video images were live. After singing Martina McBride's "Independence Day" Simon Cowell said he couldn't believe no one has discovered her yet. Jigsaw gives Matthews the key to get inside. She can also play piano and yodel, the latter of which was demonstrated on the Tonight Show the night after she won. Jigsaw shows Matthews the house in which the events has taken place. On the April 20 elimination show, Underwood demonstrated her ability to play the guitar. Almost immediately after this, the police finally locate the broadcast location of the video feed and take off for that location.

Underwood's musical influences include pop, but are predominantly country; she stated during Idol auditions that her favorite singer is Martina McBride. Without telling his team, Matthews leaves with Jigsaw in his van. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004. Xavier reads her number and leaves her to die in the contraption. Underwood attended Northeastern State University, where she majored in mass communication and is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She discovers too late that the blades are arranged similar to a Chinese finger trap, preventing her from removing her arms once inside; the edges dig deeper into her flesh the harder she pulls. Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. On the underside of the box are two holes just wide enough to put one's arms through, once pushed past the blades covering them.

At the age of 13, her manager at the time tried to get a recording contract at Capitol Records, but due to management changes at Capitol it never materialized. While pursuing Amanda and Daniel, Xavier comes across Addison who has fallen victim to another of Jigsaw's contraptions - a glass box suspended from the ceiling that contains an antidote. Carrie Underwood was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and raised in a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma. She goes back to rescue Daniel. . Amanda finds Jonas's body and realizes Xavier means to kill them all. Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country singer who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol. The effects of the toxin are starting to become more severe, and Laura succumbs to the nerve gas.

Top-Selling Country Single of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood (Won). Addison finds a picture concealing a photo of Daniel and Matthews together, marked "Father and son"; this may make the others hate Daniel for being the son of the cop who framed them all. Country Single Sales Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood (Won). He kills Jonas by hitting his head with a club with large nails sticking out, and then goes after the others. Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood (Won). These numbers are supposed to be the combination to the safe in the first room which holds an antidote. Final Results Show (post-win performance of first single) - "Inside Your Heaven". The different colors represent colors of the rainbow and putting them in the order of the rainbow will unlock the safe.

Final Results Show (performance with Rascal Flatts) - "Bless the Broken Road". It's in the back of all your minds.". Final Results Show (duet with Bo Bice) - "Up Where We Belong" (O.A.: Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker). In the house, for the movie audience seemingly meanwhile, Xavier has snapped and is trying the kill his fellow captives to retrieve the different colored numbers written on the back of their necks (the answer to Jigsaw's cryptic clue "You all possess the combination. Finals Top 2 Performance 3 (song originally written for Australian Idol) - "Angels Brought Me Here" (O.A.: Guy Sebastian). Savagely beaten and battered by Matthews, Jigsaw utters his "Game over," catchphrase and finally agrees to take Matthews to the house, but only if he can take him alone. Finals Top 2 Performance 2 (favorite from season) - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride). After growing tired of listening to Jigsaw and helplessly watching one captive after another die while the timer runs down, Matthews finally snaps and unleashes his rage on the old man.

Finals Top 2 Performance 1 (new song written for AI) - "Inside Your Heaven". Daniel helps Amanda out of the pit. Finals Top 3 Performance 3 (Judges' choice) - "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (O.A.: Shania Twain). The door's timer expires, sealing the door forever. Finals Top 3 Performance 2 (Performer's choice) - "Making Love out of Nothing at All" (O.A.: Air Supply). He races to the lock but fumbles with it. Finals Top 3 Performance 1 (Clive Davis' choice) - "Crying" (O.A.: Roy Orbison). Stabbed with dozens of needles, Amanda finally finds it and gives it to Xavier.

Finals Top 4 Performance 2 (Gamble and Huff Songs) - "If You Don't Know Me by Now" (O.A.: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes). Xavier grabs Amanda and throws her into the pit, yelling at her to dig through them to find the key. Finals Top 4 Performance 1 (Nashville Songs) - "Sin Wagon" (O.A.: The Dixie Chicks). The message says a key is in the pit that will open a door concealing another antidote. Finals Top 5 Performance 2 (Billboard top 40) - "Bless the Broken Road" (O.A.: Rascal Flatts' version of Marcus Hummon's "Bless the Broken Road"). Daniel pulls back a sheet to reveal a pit full of syringes. Finals Top 5 Performance 1 (Leiber and Stoller Songs) - "Trouble" (O.A.: Elvis Presley). On the tape, Jigsaw condemns him for his life as a drug pusher and states that if he wants to escape, he must wallow in the filth that he made others wallow in.

Finals Top 6 Performance (Songs of the 21st Century) - "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues" (O.A.: Martina McBride). Forcing open a door into another room, the captives find another tape, this one marked for Xavier. Finals Top 7 Performance (70's Dance Music) - "MacArthur Park" (O.A.: Donna Summer's version of Richard Harris' hit). Henceforth, Jigsaw resolved to test the human ability to overcome great suffering in order to save his or her life. Finals Top 8 Performance (Songs from Contestants' Birthyear) - "Love Is a Battlefield" (O.A.: Pat Benatar). However, Jigsaw survived the suicide attempt, despite severe injuries. Finals Top 9 Performance (Broadway Musicals) - "Hello Young Lovers" (O.A.: Johnny Mathis). Through a series of flashbacks, Jigsaw is revealed to be a terminal cancer patient, who attempted suicide by driving his car of a cliff.

Finals Top 10 Performance (Songs of the 90's) - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride). Matthews is on the verge of cracking, but decided he has no other choice but to hear Jigsaw out. Finals Top 11 Performance (Billboard #1's) - "Alone" (O.A.: Heart). All the while, the timer is ticking away in the room with the monitors. Finals Top 12 Performance (Songs of the 60's) - "When Will I Be Loved" (O.A.: The Everly Brothers). The game is simple, he just has to sit with Jigsaw--by himself--and listen to what he has to say. Semi-Final Performance 3 (Women Top 8) - "Because You Love Me" (O.A.: Jo Dee Messina). The Jigsaw killer insists that Matthews has to play a game to save his son.

Semi-Final Performance 2 (Women Top 10) - "Piece of My Heart" (O.A.: Faith Hill's version of Janis Joplin's classic). Obi is burned to death before they can get him out, and both antidotes are lost. Semi-Final Performance 1 (Women Top 12) - "Could've Been" (O.A.: Tiffany). Obi climbs inside to retrieve them, the door closes and the furnace ignites. Hollywood 2 - "Independence Day" (O.A.: Martina McBride). Laura finds another door which leads to the basement, with another tape marked for Obi which reveals how he had assisted Jigsaw to get the others in the house and explaining that there are two antidote syringes inside a large furnace in the room. Hollywood 1 - "Young Hearts (Run Free)" (O.A.: Candi Staton)". The terrified captives begin to explore the house.

Louis Auditions - "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Original Artist: Bonnie Raitt). Amanda reveals to the others that she has had to play one of Jigsaw's games before, and pleads with them that they have to follow his "rules". St. The gun discharges into Gus's eye, killing him. The lock is rigged to fire a gun pointing directly at the eyehole. The key has a note warning them not to use it to open the door in the room, but Xavier ignores the message, and turns the key in the lock while Gus looks through the eyehole.

Amanda, (a survivor from the original film) breaks through a loose section of a brick wall in the room they found themselves in, and finds a key and a tape recorder containing a taped message from Jigsaw explaining their predicament: they have been exposed to a deadly toxic nerve gas (specifically sarin, which Jigsaw himself references as having been used in the real-life gas attack on the Tokyo Subway) and will die within 2 hours unless they find the antidotes that are hidden around the house (they are given the clue that they all have the combination to the safe in the back of their mind, and that the combination can be found "over the rainbow"). The story switches to the captives in the house. The police also believe this. However, by showing those images in parallel with the events filmed by the video cameras, the movie suggests that it is a live video feed.

The images on the monitors are not a live feed, but are showing a recording of earlier events. He later notices that all other seven are people he has framed for crimes they did not commit. On one of the monitors, Matthews sees a room with eight people forced to play Jigsaw's latest game; among them is Matthews's own son, Daniel. As they start to take him away, he directs Matthews and the others to an adjoining room, which contains several monitors showing various rooms of a house, along with an electronic timer counting down from 2 hours.

Very ill due to his advanced stage cancer, he offers no further resistance as the SWAT team handcuffs him. After some of the accompanying SWAT team fall prey to one of Jigsaw's booby traps, they find Jigsaw. After his initial reluctance, his former partner, Kerry, finally convinces him to join the team entering the building to arrest Jigsaw. Detective Matthews is called to the scene, as the deceased was his informant, and discovers a message scrawled on the ceiling which reads, "Look Closer, Detective Matthews." Matthews spots an engraving on the metal contraption, and believes he knows where Jigsaw is - the Wilson Steel building.

The terrified man fails to extract the key in time and is killed. As he gets up from the chair, he triggers a timer built into the device. A scalpel has been left for the man to carve the key out from his eye socket, if he chooses to do so. The TV cuts to the man lying on an operating table with a shadowy figure standing over him, as Jigsaw tells him (and an x-ray photo confirms) that the key to unlock the device has been implanted behind his eye.

When the timer goes off, the device will snap closed, impaling the man's head with several sharp nails lining the inside of the device (like an iron maiden). Jigsaw's recorded message tells the man that as punishment for being a police informant, spying upon and betraying others, and for not appreciating life, he has to play Jigsaw's "game". A nearby TV turns on, showing the familiar "clown" figure Jigsaw employed in the first film. A device is secured around his neck.

The film starts off with a man waking up alone, seated in a chair in a grungy, sealed room.
. . Darren Lynn Bousman took over the directing duties of the film, and also co-wrote the story's script with Leigh Whannell, the original film's co-writer.

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