Jigsaw is the next installment of the iconic Saw franchise and is directed by the Spierig brothers [“Daybreakers”, “Predestination”]. Its been seven years since the last saw movie “Saw 3D” and this time round bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, the evidence points to one suspect, John Kramer, the Jigsaw killer, who has been dead for ten years.
Jigsaw: The good
Jigsaw even though being seven years since the last movie audiences still want more and keep revisiting the franchise. The Spierig brother has given the franchise a facelift, it has a bigger budget, its shot differently as opposed to the dark, green effect that is used in the previous movies and it has an entirely new storyline as well as a new cast of characters.
Matt Passmore stars as Logan Nelson, a military veteran and former doctor who investigates the bodies that all link to the Jigsaw killer. With the help of his partner Eleanor [Hannah Emily Anderson, who is set to be a new fan favorite in the future is also obsessed with John Kramer and is a Jigsaw fanatic.
Callum Keith Rennie [“The X Files: I want to Believe” and Cle’ Bennett, play detectives Halloran and Keith Hunt who both have their own agendas and who are suspicious of each other throughout the movie.
“Jigsaw” still has the balance of being nasty as well as smart which is s treat for fans of the franchise, who enjoy the twists and turns of not knowing who is behind each gruesome death. It goes back to the first installments of being whip-smart as opposed to just waiting for the next person to meet a gruesome demise.
It certainly doesn’t shy away from the gore as it boasts some pretty gross-out moments especially the last death, that will have some viewers wincing in the seats and horror hounds screaming with delight.
Jigsaw: the bad
What “Jigsaw” lacks is genuine scares, even though there are a couple of jumps in the movie it doesn’t have the chill factor of the earlier installments, what it lacks in scares it compensates for character backstory and twists.
Overall, “Jigsaw” is surely set to be a big box office earner, that will please long-term fans of the franchise as well as reinventing the wheel with a host of deadly new traps. It’s a great horror movie for seeing your mates on Halloween.