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Jigsaw (2017) Review

By Ian Crow

Tobin Bell has been quoted this week to say that this new Saw movie is “Ground-breaking”. To use those words to describe the first film in the franchise for seven years is beyond idiotic. Whether he has become mentally insane or he is on some seriously hard-core drugs to think its ground-breaking in the slightest. Repetitive and un-original are words that spring to mind when I think about Jigsaw. As mentioned, this is the first Saw film to come out for 7 years and is the eighth instalment in the franchise. Is it one that anyone needed or even asked for? I don’t think so.

As the franchise of torturous hell caved its way through many terrible sequels that spawned from the original back in 2004, the future for Saw looked bleak after the seventh film. Deciding to go for a 3D element to try and make something new out of the experience, it went horribly wrong. Due to its lacklustre performance to build on the previous films box-office success, they pulled the plug for any subsequent sequels. Seven years roll on and here we are with a new Saw movie titled, Jigsaw. This time, dead bodies are turning up around the city and they all have something in common. Evidence from the bodies point towards the dead serial killer Jigsaw who’s been dead for 10 years.

You can probably guess what’s going to happen because believe me when I say it; nothing has changed, at all. The same template of storytelling and pacing is used from all the previous movies. You have the same old detective who is leading the investigation to the murders; you follow the victims through their torturous parade of homemade contraptions and an ending that explains absolutely everything to you. With the way the film pans out, the film makers must think the audience are really stupid if they have to explain the whole plot and back story. If you’re expecting anything new or remotely exciting from this new instalment of Saw, then you’re going to be bitterly disappointed.

It’s a very, very lazy attempt to bring back a franchise that was effectively dead. Nothing has been thought out to really invigorate the series and bring any sense of excitement back. One of the only positives of the movie, even if it really is one, is that it’s not the worst one out of the series. The ending leaves nothing for you to think that there will be any sequel made as everything is accounted for. There’s really not much to say about the film if I’m being totally honest. Nothing excited me or even made me remotely interested or entertained. I was actually incredibly bored watching it.

No effort or care has been made to try and revive the Saw franchise. Jigsaw is just another piece to the never ending puzzle that will only continue to get worse if it continues to release more films. The type of horror it has become is not favourable or popular by any means in this present time in cinema. The torture porn genre is well and truly dead as of now. Save your money and watch a decent horror movie this Halloween and avoid the traps of Jigsaw. The only trap that means anything to them is pinching your £10 note at the cinema. 1.5 out of 5 stars.

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