After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement officials find themselves chasing the ghost of a man who has been dead for over a decade, and they become embroiled in a new game that’s only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of his own?
Do you like Saw? Then you’ll probably like Jigsaw. Jigsaw takes place, presumably, many years after the events of The Final Chapter. John Kramer, who was the face behind the original Jigsaw killings died, making the world think that the jigsaw murders are over. Now evidence resurfaces as everyone fears that there may be a new jigsaw killer on the loose, which causes a new team of FBI agents to begin another investigation to try and figure out who’s behind this big mystery.
As a major fan of this franchise these movies never get old to me, the traps get more bizarre and interesting and the guessing game still makes me wonder who did what to get here. I loved the fact that John Kramer loomed over this movie as it made you wonder if the madman was still alive by some miracle and what exactly his intentions are this time around. Tobin Bell’s eerie voice and overall look is something I just never get tired of, he’s absolutely brilliant!
And, for those of you who don’t know what those murders typically include, let’s break it down. Kramer chooses his victims based on people he thinks are ‘guilty.’ These are people who have done some serious crime in their past and yet have somehow evaded all punishment or consequence that comes with it. Don’t even ask me how he finds all of these guilty people, or how he sets up all these mind-blowing traps. He then kidnaps and drugs the guilty ones, and takes them to a warehouse and then forces them to compete in deadly games that typically involve stabbing, slicing, burning, shooting or worse. The infamous “I want to play a game,” is Kramer’s repeated line in every single movie, and finishes with “Live or die, make your choice.”
The only negative thing I found in this installment was that the CGI was annoying and rather bad, and there were some small giveaways of some of the upcoming twists. Some things I loved was that the movie seemed to even improve more since the last Saw outing, making Jigsaw even more fun to watch. The traps themselves were still an incredible thing to experience and yes, there’s still plenty of blood as all the guilty people get hurt or killed, but it’s edited and shot in such a way that’s far more reminiscent of the first Saw movie, making it more bearable for the average horror movie. The level of gore has been dumbed down a bit, so if you aren’t into the whole torture phenomenon, you’ll have the opportunity to watch this one without having to worry they’re going to watch a ten-minute long scene of someone dissecting a brain.
This version of the film seemed to somewhat undermine its original premise and put on the brakes a bit. I’m not sure if they wanted to tone it down a bit, maybe there was a rushed script, or simply they didn’t have as much confidence as they should have but there definitely did need to be a bit more thought into the final product however that being said it’s worth the watch and shows promise for future installments. It’s rough when you do a movie like this that’s attempting to redirect and reshape the future of the franchise so much. Because this installment had such potential, I granted the extra star for a full 4-star rating. If you’re a Saw follower as I am, then watch this one. How else will you figure out the timeline of events if you don’t see all the parts?
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Crime
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Starring: Hannah Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Tobin Bell, Brittany Allen
MPAA Rated: R
Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 3.4 /5
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