Jigsaw, American movie (2017)

Well, Halloween is over, and we all need to wait another year to go out as a creature that bumps into the night. Erm, yeah that actually does sound pretty disturbing: moving on. Even though everyone’s favorite fright night is over, that doesn’t mean we have to stop watching horrormovies. In fact I am certainly not planning on stopping with them anytime soon. It’s now been seven years since the last Saw movie sawed itself into our brains (oh, come on, you had to know I would at least include one pun like this). Marked as the final chapter, this movie was really an alltime low for the franchise, and ended the series in a truly bad way. The original Saw was a great thriller, but the series as a whole quickly degenerated into torture porn and became for many a sort of guilty pleasure. But it turns out that in horror adding the “final chapter” to your title, just means: until it’s time to make some money again. And that’s why this year the franchise returns to the big screen with the 8th installment, Jigsaw. The big question is: are we going back to it’s thriller roots, or are bodyparts, intestines, brains and everything else that’s supposed to be inside a human body going to come flying out again…..?

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Some people just take lasergaming way too far. 

The movie starts in the middle of a highspeed police chase that ends with the criminal crashing his car. He manages to survive the crash though, and escapes to a nearby rooftop, with the police in hot pursuit. With nowhere left to run, the man who is known as Edgar Munsen, turns around holding a trigger device in his hand. He calls out to the police to quickly bring out detective Halloran, or else people will start to die. With Halloran arriving on the scene the police eventually have no choice but to shoot Edgar, but not before he manages to activate the trigger. With this act, over the course of several days, bodies are beginning to turn up throughout the city. All people who seem to have come to a violent end. An expert forensic pathologist called Logan is called in to do an autopsy on the first victim. As it turns out, the murder bears an uncanny resemblance to a string of homicides that were committed more than ten years ago by a man known as John Kramer. Most people know him as the serial killer Jigsaw. The truly disturbing fact though, is that Jigsaw has been dead for ten years……..

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Can’t you read? It says no exit, pretty sure a shovel won’t help. 

I think there are probably two questions burning in everyone’s mind right now. The first: is this movie better than the atrocious part VII?  The second: are we back to torture porn, or is this actually more along the lines of the first one? Well, let’s start with question number one as it’s the easiest to answer. Jigsaw is definitely much better than the final chapter. Of course the last part was so horribly bad that it was almost impossible to deliver a movie that was even worse. But in all honesty, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Jigsaw explored the roots of the original movie, and was therefore less gruesome than all the previous sequels. So I guess I already answered the second question as well now. The movie certainly contained gore, it is a horrormovie after all, but except for a small scene at the end it never went completely overboard. And this was actually quite refreshing.

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Yep, playing in the sand can be nice. 

And then there are two things this franchise is also known for, and those are the clever traps and the twist at the end. Both of these were of course present in this movie as well. The traps however, were slightly disappointing. As sick as this sounds, those were the things that made the sequels so much fun to watch and on that department the movie doesn’t deliver as strongly. I did quite enjoy the twist at the end though. Several other reviews for the movie pointed out that the movie failed on that front too, but I have to say I disagree. The end of the movie was one of the better parts of the film, and actually quite clever. The characters of the film, are pretty much forgettable. Detective Halloran played by Callum Keith Rennie is simply not a person you get a lot of sympathy for. The main heroine of the movie, who is trying her best to survive the horrible game she is in, is portrayed by Laura Vandervoort. Most people might know her from the tv series Bitten. She is the only one in the film that you can at least grow a bit of an attachment to, and she plays quite a good and strong female role.

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I guess this points out what might happen if you fall asleep on your job. 

After seven years the Saw franchise is back with a pretty decent installment. It certainly doesn’t reinvent the genre, and doesn’t come close to being as good as the original movie. If you are fan though, you are going to be entertained, and I think in a pretty good way. It will be interesting to see, if this movie is now going to be a restart of the franchise. I certainly would not be opposed to seeing more films if they are on the same level as this eight film. In all likelyhood I would not be very surprised to see it quickly fall back to over the top gore and torture. In other words, there will be blood….oh yes….

I give Jigsaw a 7 out of 10 score.

 

 

 

 

 

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28 thoughts on “Jigsaw, American movie (2017)”

    1. The bucket head trap was the best one from this film. Wow, bingewatched the whole franchise huh…that is a lot of horror lol 😂😂 Hope you will enjoy this new installment. If you like the movies, I think you will enjoy this one as well 😀

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    1. Haha, thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed, and thanks again for the reblog, that is so cool! 😀
      Yeah, this movie is so much more fun than the last one, better story, and with at least manageable gore lol 😊

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  1. I was really disappointed with the traps too! With the previous films it was like each trap had a lesson or meaning behind it, but not many of them did this time. But like you said, I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the last 15 minutes of the film, it was good fun!

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    1. No, that is true. The traps were very simple this time, besides the first bucket head trap which was pretty cool. Overall though, I thought it was a pretty good installment and one that I enjoyed a whole lot better than the last one. Thanks for your comment 😀

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    1. Haha😂 Glad they might you laugh, it is always difficult to come up with those, sometimes they work out better than others. Well…if there is one you should try out, it’s the first one. Out of all thevfikms, that’s the one that is more of a thriller in the style of Silence of the Lambs and Seven….and the twist at the end…..so cool. Hope you will try it out at some point, think you will enjoy it. As always, thanks for your comment 😀

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    1. Yeah, as much as I am a fan of the saw movies, that one was just complete and utter garbage. The story was very poor, and the gore was just so over the top that it simply wasn’t funny anymore. This new movie is just so much better. Better story, great twist, and manageable gore 😀As for the pig mask….it still creeps the hell out of me too 😀

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    1. Haha, thank you 😀😀 Yeah, I won’t lie to you, there is still blood in it, though no where even close to all the previous installments. But this being bloody horror, there is still blood 😀 It’s definitely something of an acquired tast, so yeah if you don’t like that stuff, best give it a pass 😊 Thanks for your comment and the kind words 😀

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