Jigsaw

Jigsaw

Jigsaw

2017.  Directed by Peter and Michael Spierig.  

By Brian Wallinger. 

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After an initial seven film franchise run, it would appear as though the universe needed another entry in the long running, extremely popular Saw Series.  This sequel/reboot is certainly more profound then many of its predecessors, though ultimately it is an underwhelming and predictable bore that manages to remain entertaining just long enough to lock the viewer in. 

The story takes place years after the seventh film when an unknown assailant is gunned down by police before warning them of a John Kramer-esque game that the series is known for. It is then questioned whether John Kramer AKA Jigsaw is somehow alive or that the game is being remade by a devoted follower to his cause.

Not even Tobin Bell's extended cameo appearance is enough to elevate the film into anything beyond its measure. Accompanied by amateurish direction by The Spierig Brothers, as well as a rather bland visual presentation from the film's camera man Ben Nolt, followed by an immensely confusing editing pace, the film is an absolute misguided dud. Even the performances from the core cast are completely thin and emotionless proving to be completely unconvincing. 

In the end Jigsaw is a missed opportunity on all fronts and is better left unseen unless you are a complete die hard fan of the Saw Series.

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