A morality tale of the highest kind. Almost religious experience. If the bad don't really atone they shall die. It's the good bad (à la Dexter) vs the selfish egotistical bad bad (who's given time and again a chance to repent yet always chooses the quick away: neglects its peer and chooses his/her life vs the other's). I criminally underestimated this franchise & must see it in another light. A masterpiece.Bergman-y♡
It's not a good thing when your franchise's return to the big-screen after lying dormant for so long plays like a direct-to-DVD sequel - and we're not talking about "Jeepers Creepers 3" either. "Jigsaw" is a wooden, visually ugly bore with a convoluted narrative compounded by a winded third act reveal so mishandled that it feels like the actors are panting through their lines to keep the film under 80 minutes.
The fanboy in me balked at a glossy, funny revival. These films are unique because they reject the Whedon-esque diffusing of horror with humour; they commit to a tone. But, the laughs land, and they don't sabotage a thing. There are series highs aplenty, actually. The victims have never been so villainous, it's colourful and crisply shot, and Tobin Bell is on fire. He clearly missed the role. I missed him, too.
Being a teenager when the other films came out, I'm very glad I got to see a Saw film in the cinema. And this definitely had its moments of fun, and the Spierigs brought a unique visual flair. But we really didn't need an eighth Saw film, and the script didn't really make a strong case for rebuilding this franchise.
Just when you thought the series was dead and buried, it's "alive!"....what drives people to watch these things? Schadenfreude is not a virtue, peeps...if you have an honest answer, feel free to leave a comment....UNWATCHED....
I was excited about this revival. A few aspects were steady - the twists and the blurred chronology -, but this was a disappointing entry that didn't deserve Jigsaw as its title - the traps weren't inventive and it was stalled to fill a full length. The original tone is lost and this was confusing in its goal. The accomplice of the hospital wasn't revealed, so I believe this is just a new (unwanted) beginning.
While it's the best film in the "Saw" franchise since the original sequel, that isn't really saying much. Something of a back to the basics, "Jigsaw" features some twisty turns, ghoulish set pieces and a twist that's both ambitious and the film's weakest area.