In 2004, James Wan brought a new style of horror mystery to the masses with Saw. It spawned six sequels and is one of the largest horror franchises in the 2000s. Jigsaw continues the legacy established in Saw with all the “games” and “mystery” expected from the franchise. While there are some weak points in the movie, fans of the original and its many sequels should find some satisfaction with the direction this new entry takes the films.
Jigsaw isn’t as puzzling as it thinks it is
Ten years after the Jigsaw killer, John Kramer (Tobin Bell), died he appears to be killing again. As bodies begin to show up throughout the city Detective Halloran (Callum Keith Rennie) and Detective Keith Hunt (Clé Bennett) are trying to find the other potential victims before it’s too late.
Jigsaw follows the same plot structure as most of the other films have in the past. There are scenes of the victims playing one of the killer’s games. Then there are the scenes with the detectives trying to find them the killer or the location of his newest deadly game. Of course, there are sometimes back story of the victims or some miscellaneous footage that seems out of place but usually is a missing piece of the puzzle. Yeah, the plot is always supposed to be misleading and things are never exactly as obvious as they may seem. However, eight movies later and it’s pretty easy to see beneath the clever structuring and see the whole picture.
There are many scenes in this film that are full of some bad dialogue. Almost every scene with Detective Halloran seems contrived and poorly scripted or acted. Especially when he insinuates that forensics doctor Eleanor (Hannah Emily Anderson) is a suspect. She and he lean awkward against a freezer and it couldn’t feel more fictional. This happens again and again with huge leaps being made in the case that all serve the bigger picture mentioned earlier.
There really isn’t anything new in the film. It was surprisingly less gory than the last several films and the games weren’t the most creative seen in the franchise. Despite that, the film was still engaging enough and brief at just over an hour and a half. It was a completely passable horror film and earns the Decent Watch rating.