The Saw series was an instrumental part in the evolution of horror, one of the stepping stones that brought horror so into the mainstream that today it is one of the most popular and successful genre’s out there. James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s flawed original film set a new bar for thrills and horror storytelling, even if it did contain some incredibly over the top performances and dialogue. The series continued through the years with some hits and more misses, with Darren Lynn Bousman keeping the series strong through the first three sequels, with Saw II even surpassing the original in many respects. So now after a hiatus spanning longer than the spread of the original 7 films, the series returns with Jigsaw.
It’s been 10 years since the gruesome murders of John Kramer ended but Detectives Halloran (Callum Keith Rennie) and Hunt (Clé Bennett) have been finding bodies throughout the city, each having met a particularly gruesome demise. And all the evidence points right back to John Kramer. With the help of forensic pathologist and secret Jigsaw fangirl Eleanor (Hannah Emily Anderson), they must all put the pieces together before a barn full of new victims meet their ends.
I am an on again/off again fan of the Saw series and I found Jigsaw to be both repeating a lot of what we have already seen and making some elements feel fresh and entertaining. The cast is solid, the new traps are as entertaining and inventive as always, and the lasting influence of the character of Jigsaw and his moral philosophies is still a unique and compelling story base. This one gets a little confusing as the story progresses thanks to multiple story lines and some uneven editing, but for fans of the series this will be a welcome return to what they love best, and for anyone new to the series, Jigsaw is an entertaining flick for movie night. Check it out.