Jigsaw

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Photo Source: Lionsgate

After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement find themselves chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade and 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 their own? – Lionsgate Films

After 7 years the Saw Franchise is back with Jigsaw. Jigsaw was directed by The Spierig Brothers and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger.

This is going to be a relatively short review because I wanted this out for Halloween, which I am already late for and honestly I didn’t think this movie was anything special. I didn’t hate this movie or anything, it was enjoyable.

Jigsaw follows the exact same formula of all the Saw movies which is fine that’s been shown to work. I just figured after 7 years Lionsgate would want to try something new, I guess not. Jigsaw gives us the standard police procedural mixed with watching a group of people get tortured playing games. And of course what would a Saw movie be without a big twist and reveal at the end.

Overall I did like this movie I just wish it would have add some flare to the Saw franchise and done something different. The movie looks good. I can’t complain about the directing, it just wasn’t anything special. Most of the characters I found to be interesting on the police side, the ones playing the game on the other hand were rather bland. I didn’t think the murder traps were anything spectacular and I’ve seen better in previous films. There was this one trap that was supposed to be like the granddaddy of all traps, I thought it seemed a little to grandiose and over top. The twist really got me though, I hadn’t seen it coming and I hated it and loved it at the same time. Part me thought is was a cop out (if you’ve seen the movie you gotta agree) and the other part of me thought it was brilliant because it was something they hadn’t done before. I’ve also decided no matter how bad a Saw movie is I will always enjoy the bit at the end where everything is explained. I just love knowing how Jigsaw or whoever orchestrated the events did them.

Jigsaw is just another Saw movie. It’s certainly better than some of them. This movie didn’t do what I wanted it to do but I still enjoyed it. Plus there was slim pickings for scary movies this Halloween season and this wouldn’t be a bad choice to watch in honor of the holiday.

I give Jigsaw a 5.9 out of 10, would probably watch again.

“The truth will set you free.”

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