Despite being the horror fan that I am, the Saw movies have never been too far up my alley. The first two films are flawed fun, but not films I’ve ever come back to, and all subsequent sequels have made me want to put myself into one of John Kramer’s deadly traps. My memory of them has been culminated into one prolonged, indistinguishable film that I really don’t give a shit about. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the 6th or 7th, but quite frankly, I don’t want to. Still, when it came to Jigsaw, I was hesitantly curious, but it’s now safe to say that this is most definitely a Saw film through and through, for better and worse.
Except, the real mystery here isn’t why these characters have been thrown into such a dire situation, but who’s really behind the killings. As the bodies start piling up and appearing throughout the city, Detective Halloran (Callum Keith Rennie) and medic/war veteran Logan Nelson (Matt Passmore) begin an investigation, but all signs seem to be pointing towards John Kramer (Tobin Bell), who’s been dead for over a decade. What follows is your typical Saw shenanigans, featuring excessive gore, a convoluted plot, a final twist and characters you don’t care about screaming for mercy towards an unknown attacker.
Keeping up Saw movie tradition, all performances here range from subpar to downright terrible, especially when some of the more dramatic plot elements kick into gear. Sure, these actors are good at screaming. However, when it comes down to utilizing the drama, it all falls flat, especially when the detectives are put on the case. The plot flashes between Jigsaw’s game and the exterior investigation, but there’s a significant difference in quality. A lot of aspects of the game are fun to watch unfold, fuelled with grizzly violence and inventive traps that the characters seemed to easily overcome, but the investigation is a poorly written bore used only to fill up the runtime.
I honestly thought this was going to be the Saw movie to put Saw movies back on the map. It looked like the soft reboot/continuation that would’ve elevated this franchise back out of the dust and allowed me to see what I hadn’t seen before. Alas, it’s merely another Saw movie, so take that as you will. Jigsaw isn’t good, but it’s far from the worst Saw film. Then again, that is a difficult task to achieve.
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