It’s been a while since we’ve played one of Jigsaw’s games, and I am more then ok with the wait, because it made the viewing of this film that much better.
This 7 year block has been the biggest interval in the Saw franchises timeline, and with a slightly different driven narrative with less focus on the victims and more on the ‘who done it’, this refreshing take made the film highly entertaining to watch. The traps and their unique and significant reasoning always made for intriguing discussion, and with this film showcasing all the traps in a warehouse, not to mention, the new traps, including the brutal motorbike- circle chamber of death it was super cool for fans of the franchise. Not to mention, the ending which encompassed it’s gripping twist that in true saw fashion made for a memorable ending and steal of the film.
Yes, I believe that the character depth and characters in general weren’t easily likeable comparatively to prior Saw films, and the fact it was more crime than horror, the highly criticized and anticipated eight film still didn’t falter in one factor, thus living up to the expected hype. I believe the series should end now, as the ‘is he really dead’ Jigsaw ploy is deteriorating as the series does. if it does, this was a great movie to end it on.
It’s not the best Saw film, but all the saw tropes (including the conclusive music) are still there, and if you are a fan of the series,or are interested in viewing the franchise with less blood and more storyline then you will not be disappointed. Plus, Tobin Bell’s cameo makes paying the price of admission worth it, regardless of the movie’s entirtiy not living up to your own subjective standards.