Jigsaw (2017)

  • Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierigjigsaw
  • Writer: Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg
  • Main Cast: Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson

‘Now the games are simple. Best ones are. You want mercy? Play by the rules.’

Mutilated bodies are being left around the city for the cops to find, and all signs point to the Jigsaw killer John Kramer. Kramer has been dead for ten years though, so do the cops have a copycat on their hands, or did John Kramer somehow manage yet another twist to his tale?

I’ll just start with somewhat of a side note: I really love the Saw theme tune! As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the best horror themes out there, and it was quite exciting to hear it again.

Jigsaw has everything you’d expect from a Saw movie: gruesome and inventive death traps, dodgy cops, seriously questionable behaviour from the victims, a twist you may see coming from a mile away. However, I felt that this offering had a far more coherent plot and much stronger cast than many of the other films – particularly more so than the later films of the original series. I think you could watch this and enjoy it without actually seeing the earlier films, as long as you’re aware of who Jigsaw was – or should that be who he is?!

I was pleasantly surprised to see Callum Keith Rennie in a lead role – a great character actor – and Matt Passmore and Hannah Emily Anderson are both engaging in their roles. The actors who are stuck in the latest Jigsaw trap are less impressive, but get the job done well enough.

I’m not the biggest fan of the Saw franchise to be honest, but I still did enjoy Jigsaw, so I am confident that it will certainly satisfy any die hard fans’ lust for blood!

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