Fearter rating: 7/10
Meet the new sequel. Same as the old sequels.
Review (no spoilers):
The Who have a song called “Won’t Get Fooled
Again” and it ends with the lyrics “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.” And that’s exactly how I feel about Jigsaw - annoyingly I was fooled again into watching it!
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad film - it’s just another Saw film. Nothing special about it, nothing particularly wrong with it, just another sausage in the chain. But I wanted more, naively I was expecting more.
The acting and writing is better than many of the other sequels but it’s the ideas and plot which are uninspiring and bland. It’s just the usual “games”, people taking ages to make easy decisions and timelines jumping around more than Bill and Ted’s adventure with Doctor Who.
Unlike a few of the earlier sequels, this movie does make sense and is easy to follow - bonus! It's not particularly scary or even that gory for a Saw franchise film, but there's a few bloody moments to keep us happy. And the "games" range from plausibly simple and effective to outright ridiculous.
The victims are the usual collection of lollygaggers and incessant whingers who don't listen to each other pay any attention to their surroundings - but that's what you get with these movies. As I said, nothing new to see here.
All in all it's probably not worth buying unless you need to complete your Saw collection. It's worth watching if you're bored and it's cheap or free - but you're not missing anything by avoiding it.
Jigsaw could have been an insightful horror movie which made us question our own ethics and choices but it’s not - it’s just "another brick in the wall" (Pink Floyd).