Starring Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoorf
Directed by Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig
It’s hard to believe that there hasn’t been a Saw movie since 2010. For seven consecutive years — beginning with the 2004 original — the story of The Jigsaw Killer (Tobin Bell), a terminally-ill tormentor who subjects his victims to a series of innovative contraptions and grisly challenges, has been a Halloween staple.
After a while, the laws of diminishing returns set in and the overlapping timelines and convoluted plotting (Jigsaw’s death in Saw III hasn’t stopped him from appearing in four more sequels) made it difficult to keep up with the mythology. So if you’re expecting Jigsaw to be a reboot where you start over with a clean slate, guess again — it’s a continuation and it’s still kinda confusing.
This time, a group of random strangers — including Laura Vandervoort (Smallville’s Supergirl) — are being put through the wringer in a barn. Is this the work of Jigsaw or his disciple? Wait, Jigsaw is dead…. oh, never mind. Jigsaw, like its predecessors, isn’t a movie — it’s a glorified Escape Room game; there’re the outlandish traps, and the squeamish and uneasy moments where people stick their hands into places they are not supposed to or sharp objects are dropped on people trapped in a silo.
You know a Saw movie has done its job when you’ve spent most of the time covering your eyes. No shame admitting it. (*** - for fans only)
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