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.
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.
this film is as if the writers and directors really hated Saw films got James Wan and Leigh Whanell locked in a room with traps that consisted in being gased by a gigantic fart. these films are over the top and preposterous but at least there was flair to them with the hyper kinetic editing. and the 1st is a genius modern giallo.we needed 8 films to finally see death by cereals. so witty. the setpieces are lame
I was actually quite impressed, at least at the start. The frenetic editing and sickly green hue of the older entries was gone. Then, of course it fell back on its cardinal sin: tying itself up in illogical knots to justify a final act twist that does zero to enrich the material. The series has yet to wring a single worthwhile film out of its intriguing premise. Let it die.