Movie Review: JigSaw
Updated: May 27, 2019
‘Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for over 10 years. ‘
IMDb rating 5.9/10 Metacritic 39/100 Rotten Tomatoes 34%
Once again we revisit the Saw series and it starts with 5 individuals and the game they are presented with pits them against not only their own demons but the demons of the others they are in the game with. According to the story that John ‘Jigsaw’ Kramer has been dead for 10 years and that they are dealing with a copycat or are they? The other side of the film is about the investigation by the police and the two people in the morgue doing the big parts of the forensics for the police.
The cast is composed of Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Bitten), Cle Bennett (Lost Girl, Heroes Reborn) and Callum Keith Renney (The Killing, Fifty Shades) and a small cameo by Tobin Bell. They mention one or two characters from the past films during the course of this one as well. The producers were the same on this film as the rest of the franchise but the writers and director were new to the franchise. They managed to do a decent job with it considering how many times can you tell a similar story and now with the main character of the series being ‘dead’ for 10 years now. Apparently, the number is 8 times you can tell that story with this being the 8th in the franchise now.
Domestically, it wasn’t the worst grossing film of the franchise but came home with a significant payday compared to its budget $10M vs $102M worldwide. The films have been very consistent with their box office numbers always over the $100M mark except for Saw 6. So they have their niche audience and even with this iteration people are still going to see it. It’s never been a blockbuster of a film but I think it just gets people out there to see how the hell is he going to kill them this time. Even with this being the eighth time around people are still interested.
I am not sure how many more they can make but if they can keep on making paydays like Jigsaw did why not. It’s made almost a billion dollars in total so people want to see it. It’s not making money like Marvel or DC movies in one shot but they are an absolute success. There are talks about a ninth movie on the way even as recently as a month or so ago. Only think they know right now that the directors from Jigsaw won’t be involved with the next film in the franchise.
People call these films ‘torture porn’ and the people involved with the franchise don’t like the term in the slightest. I can’t think of calling the genre anything else and until recently I didn’t know the term ‘torture porn’ would be referred to a non-pornographic movie. They have certainly eased up on some of the gore and gruesome deaths in the franchise for some time now and especially with the large layoff since Saw 3D it may have been a good idea and paid off in kind.
The only questions are how long do we have to wait for the ninth film in the franchise, who will fill the shoes of Kramer if it takes place in modern day and what kind of crazy contraptions can they come up with? Doesn’t matter the answers to those questions because I want to see if they will keep on going with the franchise or finally tie up all the loose ends and end it for good. If you have seen any of the Saw films and liked them then give it a watch. If you gave up on the franchise along the way it does have some good little differences to it and maybe this will pull you back into the fold and you can go back and watch the ones you missed.
Is it the best film of the franchise? Is it the worst? I would have to say no on both counts to be honest. I enjoyed it overall but the shock factor is long gone now. I would still have to give it up to the original at this point because it was different for its time and it really was pretty decent overall. I don’t think there is anyway to get that original shock factor back at this point but as long as they are coming up with new ideas I will keep seeing them. What do you say?
3 Beards out of 5