I am a huge fan of the original Saw film, I think it is a genius film that changed the horror genre and gave the world one of the best modern directors, James Wan, the king of modern horror. Unfortunately, he has only been an executive producer on all the films since, except writing the story for Saw III and, coincidentally the films have gone gotten worse without his involvement, becoming known for their blood and gore and insane death traps. After Saw VII, the franchise was set to wait until a good idea came forward to continue the franchise in a new way, and so we now have Jigsaw.
When five people wake up in a room, they must work together and confess their sins in order to survive the traps ahead of them, meanwhile the police try to put the pieces together as bodies start to turn up with signs pointing to the Jigsaw killer, John Kramer, but he has been dead for 10 years.
The trailer got me interested enough to see what they would do in order to get the franchise back to the heights of previous Saw films. But even from the trailer I got the feeling that it didn’t completely feel like Saw. Even when James Wan wasn’t part of the franchise, the films still felt like Saw and that they were continuing the story he created. The writers, Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, are obviously fans of the original films and it felt like it was written by a fan, trying to recreate the previous films and it didn’t work. The traps were pretty tame in comparison to the traps in the other films, they were simple traps and just didn’t feel right. It also didn’t even look like a Saw film either, it was too bright, too colourful. The Saw films all have a dark colour palette and it works with the film series and with this one, not having that adds to the fact that it doesn’t feel properly like Saw.
Good characters are important for any good film to work, but this film does not have any good characters. Everyone in the film is a stereotype, you can tell who is going to die when and who will get the furthest, and the fact you don’t care about them means when they die you don’t care either.
I do give the credit for one part of the film, which I won’t spoil incase you do want to watch this film, but at the same time another part of that moment doesn’t work as well as the makers would have wanted it to.
Overall, unfortunately Jigsaw felt like a forced attempt to try to get the franchise going again but it fails and felt too much like a fan trying to bring it back.
What did you think of Jigsaw?
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