Jigsaw (2017) Movie Review
Written By: JASR
Editted By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director(s): Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
Writers(s): Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger
Producer(s): Peter Block, Jason Constantine, Daniel J. Heffner, Stacey Testro, James Wan
Date Released: October 27, 2017 (USA)
Tobin Bell as Jigsaw / John Kramer
Callum Keith Rennie as Detective Halloran
Matt Passmore as Logan Nelson
Hannah Emily Anderson as Eleanor Bonneville
Clé Bennett as Detective Keith Hunt
Laura Vandervoort as Anna
Paul Braunstein as Ryan
Mandela Van Peebles as Mitch
Brittany Allen as Carly
Josiah Black as Edgar Munsen
Ten years after John Kramer’s (Tobin Bell) death, law enforcement officials find themselves in a baffling situation: How can evidence point to Kramer as the suspect of the recent murders? Meanwhile, we see a room with five people – Anna (Laura Vandervoort), Ryan (Paul Braunstein), Mitch (Mandela Van Peebles), Carly (Brittany Allen), and an unnamed fifth person – facing excruciating torture as they hear recordings of John Kramer explaining how they could survive.
From the title and synopsis alone, it’s pretty clear that this movie is full of gore. It definitely did not shy away from showing us a huge amount of blood and even some removed body parts. The special effects in the whole movie were commendable as well.
While other horror or thriller movies only show gore at certain parts, this one made sure that there is gore in every chance it gets. I personally think that the ending was the goriest part. I don’t want to give too much away – but if you love sliced pizza, I wonder what you would feel about a sliced head.
The Grave Review
One thing I loved about Jigsaw (2017) is how it kept me glued to my seat. There were thrilling scenes and big reveals that got me focused on the movie the whole time. It played with timelines and twists – not to mention it played with our minds. These elements make Jigsaw memorable and thought-provoking.
The actors did a good job of portraying their characters. Their performances got me engrossed in the scenes and made me react to almost every occurrence. However, I would say that the excessive screaming at one another was not really necessary. The movie experience could have been more enjoyable if they tone the screaming down a bit. Nonetheless, they got me believing in their feelings and intentions – and even got me worrying about them myself.
While some would say that this installment of the Saw franchise was not necessary, I would say it’s just the right amount of entertainment we need. If you’re looking for a movie with depth, Jigsaw should be on your list. Do not be fooled by its bloody and sickening scenes because it still did not fail to provide substance. It has various factors that make it profound and thrilling at the same time: motive, history, fear, suspense – you name it.
When Jigsaw (2017) was over, I couldn’t help but look back on earlier scenes when the twists have not yet been revealed. Now that I already know how it ends, I look at a certain character with scrutiny and realize how he did a good job in fooling his colleagues. Even without manually going back to earlier scenes, however, we still get to see preceding events – this time with more detail. The director made sure that the twist was able to justify the events of the past – which is definitely worth noting.
In case it wasn’t implied yet, the twists and reveals had me gasping in shock. I think Jigsaw will be on my mind for days to come.
Because of the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Jigsaw (2017) three graves out of five graves.
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