November 01, 2017 Movies

More of the same…

Remember when the seventh instalment of the Saw movies (Saw 3D) promised to be the final chapter? Yeah, I didn’t believe them either.

I’m not surprised that we have an eighth. Saw is the highest grossing horror franchise of all time after all.

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Seven years after Saw 3D pretty much tied the entire story together, Tobin Bell returns as John Kramer (aka the Jigsaw killer – played by Tobin Bell), an inventive psychopath… or does he?

A series of murders bear all the markings of the Jigsaw killer. Is he really back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a copycat killer?

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For much of the running time, the story cuts between two storylines. There’s the victims point of view – all of whom have dark secrets, much like we saw in the other films. These ‘victims’ must work together to survive a series of deadly tests – each more gruesome than the last.

We also focus on detectives Hunt (Clé Bennett) and Halloran (Callum Keith Rennie) who work alongside a pathologist called Nelson (Matt Passmore) and his assistant Eleanor (Hannah Emily Anderson) to try and put an end to the killings.

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Back in 2004, James Wan’s modest, low-budget shocker Saw felt fresh and innovative. The films that followed felt like half-hearted cash ins. When I look back on them, each instalment blends in with each other. I’ve no doubt that Jigsaw will suffer the same fate before long – blending in with its predecessors.

I must admit that Jigsaw is a lot of fun, but after investing so much time and money into the franchise, I wanted more. Believe it or not, the first Saw film premiered at Sundance. Was I expecting Jigsaw to be film festival worthy? Of course not. But something with the same love and care invested into it would have been nice.

I guess you could argue why reinvent the wheel? If you loved the others, I’ve no doubt you’ll love this. Hate the others and you’ll hate this too. It’s as simple as that.

Mikey Clarke

Genre: Horror

Running Time: 91mins

Directed by: Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig

Cast: Tobin Bell, Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson, Mandela Van Peebles, Laura Vandervoort, Brittany Allen & Paul Braunstein

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