As many of you know, I usually wait for movies to either become available to rent or watch them for free thanks to HBO. The last time I went to the movie theater was to go and see The Big Sick (you can read my review here) and had a pretty bad time. After that experience, there are only a very few amount of movies that I would venture out to see when they’re released in the movie theater. Jigsaw is one of them because I am a huge fan of Saw. Huge fan. The franchise has had its ups and downs like any horror movie franchise, but I’ve stuck by it and this one I knew I had to see. I was so hyped up to see this movie, I knew that if it disappointed I would be crushed. Keep reading to see what I thought of Jigsaw.
Taking place 10 years after the death of John Krammer, AKA Jigsaw, played by Tobin Bell, the games have started yet again and there are another string of “Jigsaw” murders. How could this be though because Jigsaw is dead. Or is he? Anyway, 5 new people will be set up in a string of traps that gives them a chance to win, if they play the game correctly. Try to cheat and it could be the death of them or someone else. Playing Jigsaw’s game is one unknown person, unknown because he gets what’s coming to him in the first trap before you get to know the 4 survivors. Jigsaw wants them to confess, but what have they done? You have Carly, played by Brittany Allen, who is a purse snatcher. She’s had to do more than that though to end up in one of Jigsaw’s traps right? Then there’s Mitch, played by Mandela Van Peebles, who sold a faulty motorcycle to someone. What’s his real reason for being in this trap? Then there’s Ryan, played by Paul Braunstein, who is just an all around douche bag. He’s not only in Jigsaw’s trap because he’s a douce bag though. There has to be an underlying reason to why he’s there. Then you have Anna, played by Laura Vandervoort, who’s child died by accident. How did she end up in there? All will be answered by the end of the movie and you’ll see these people for what they really are and the things that they did. All while this game is going on, you’ll have a good cop bad cop routine going on between Detective Keith Hunt, played by Cle Bennett and Detective Halloran, played by Callum Keith Rennie, and now some medical examiners, Logan Nelson, played by Matt Passmore, and Eleanor Bonneville, played by Hannah Emily Anderson, trying to figure how and where this is taking place to try and save these people before it’s all over. Each of them will become paranoid in their own way and start to blame on another for being a copy cat killer. This will all lead to a twisted ending with lots of blood and gore that fans of the series can come to expect along with some new traps that have never been seen before.
That OMG moment. If you’ve seen the movie then you know what I’m talking about. There’s this total OMG moment in the movie where it all comes together and you’re mind is blown. This has happened in the good Saw movies and it happens in this movie as well. It’s pretty amazing and I keep these reviews spoiler free, but damn I did not see this one coming. It was a huge twist that was risky but totally paid off.
This movie was everything I could have ever wanted from a Saw movie. It was gory, it had its usual twisted plot, and had that shocker of an ending that I could have never seen coming. Out of all the Saw movies, this was definitely one of my favorites from the franchise. It took a new spin on something that has been dead for years and it paid off big time. It still had the same franchise staple points with the traps and the people that Jigsaw has deemed horrible people because of what they’ve done but it also added a new time bending twist which was pure genius. If I went into why this movie was so great even more, I would totally spoil the whole thing and I have no intention of doing that.
The cast has never been a big part of the franchise. The people in the traps have wronged other people or Jigsaw himself in some way and are just there to be a part of the game. You really aren’t supposed to become invested in them because there really isn’t a reason to route for them once you find out why they’re set up in these traps. Anyway, the Jigsaw prisoners all play their role of the victim well, but the real star of the show, only has a ten minute cameo, and it’s Tobin Bell. There can’t be a Saw movie without him because he’s the whole reason for the movie. As always he plays Jigsaw to perfection and seeing him in another movie was the highlight of this movie.
Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.
If you are a Saw fan and have stuck with the franchise through good movies and bad movies, then you have to see this movie because it will restore your faith in the franchise. It shows that these past Halloween’s have sorely been missing a decent, no great, Saw movie and you’ll be in for a treat with this one. If you’re not a Saw fan, then you’ll want to skip this movie because no matter what anyone says you’re either a Saw fan or you aren’t. If you’re on the fence and are a partial Saw fan, you have to go and see this movie. It’s seriously worth it and the payoff at the end is one of the best in the franchise.