Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig
Written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger
Starring: Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett, and Hannah Emily Anderson
So, I practically binge-watched the Saw series to catch up in order to watch Jigsaw. Some of the films I hadn’t seen before. And I was thrilled with each one. Except Jigsaw. Although it wasn’t horrible it DID feel like it was the only film in the series where they were reaching for material. All seven of the previous films fit together so nicely. And it’s not that the last one didn’t fit, it just…okay, the scenes where the games are being played are good, as always. The scenes outside of that…eh. I know it explains the last of everything but, it just wasn’t done as well as the others…or as I expected.
I think my biggest complaint would be how we see things happening concurrently, as if it’s all happening at the same time and then we find out a number of things. That’s when it felt like they were trying to make this great twist happen and I think it felt flat.
Not to mention that there’s a person setting up these games in the name of Jigsaw and yet they keep breaking the rules themselves.
As Jigsaw said, “A game can be won.”
But, I’m not saying this film is all bad, not at all.
This eighth installment brings together every loose and and question you could possibly have about the life and work of Jigsaw. That’s the best part. New reveals, circle-backs and exciting twists and turns make this film worth watching, even if it is, in my opinion, the least thrilling out of the eight films in the series.
The rest of the series is AWESOME!!! I really thought the first seven were very well written and executed. My favorite thing is how various parts in the plot seem to continue to circle back to various previous installments of the series.
Now, seeing as how everything in the films is all connected, I am choosing not to give anything away. However, I strongly recommend the entire series start to finish to all horror and gore lovers. If blood and such makes you squeamish, you should know by now that the Saw movies are NOT for you.
So, fellow gore fans, if you haven’t seen all of these films…it’s a definite must.