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"Jigsaw" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Jigsaw was a great return for the series. Necessary? Not really, but I do applaud the fact that writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg took their time to get the story right rather than rushing through it and pushing out a crap sequel just for a money grab.

The film follows five people who have been captured by Jigsaw, a man who is known to have been dead for 10 years.

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The story was well thought out, except for one particular part. I can't really go into detail about it because that would be a huge spoiler but what I can say is there is a major plot hole where Eleanor is concerned which you will understand once you see the big reveal at the end. A great twist, yes, but the trickery used throughout the film didn't pan out as perfectly as it could have.

The acting was far better than any of the previous films. Tobin Bell was of course the master as always but we also get surprisingly good performances from Callum Keith Rennie, Laura Vandervoort, and Mandela Van Peebles. Laura in particular was the standout of the film, making you feel legitimately sorry for her and suddenly having the tables turned. It was nice seeing her back on-screen again.

The traps were pretty amazing this time around. Somehow each film has managed to one up themselves and hat's a rare thing. Something that made Jigsaw standout from the previous films was the fact that they focused on the story rather than splashing gore in your face. This one actually gave you a puzzle to figure out rather than attempting to gross you out at every turn, an element we haven't seen since part 3.

In conclusion, I do mostly have praise for the film. The Saw franchise is by far my favorite horror series and I'm sure it always will be. If you wanna know why I love this series so much, check out The Cutting Edge: The Philosophy of the Saw Films by C.J. Patton and of course catch Jigsaw in theatres. It won't be for everybody, of course, and that's all right. I personally give it a 3 out of 4.

© 2017 Nathan Jasper

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