T he Saw franchise released another sequel, the eight installment of a saga filled with gore, torture, horror and blood. This is the eight movie and the producers did not name it like its predecessors Saw I-VII, they named it Jigsaw after the legendary John Kramer, the Jigsaw killer. Directed by the Spierig brothers and filmed in Canada, Jigsaw proved to be a very good sequel, much better than the previous Saw movies. Jigsaw takes us back to the roots of the franchise where participants of the game had to find a way out of their tortures and atone for their sins, which is the main reason of John Kramer’s sick games.
Tobin Bell performs as John Kramer once again, even though he is supposed to be dead of cancer. Nevertheless, we still see him in this eighth installment and his performance as the Jigsaw killer is worthy of applause. Next to him we see Matt Passmore (Logan Nelson), Callum Keith Rennie as detective Halloran and Hannah Emily Anderson as the forensic Eleanor Boneville. Logan and Eleanor are receiving bodies with Jigsaw pieces engraved in them, and next to Detective Halloran they start to investigate and find out who is behind the killings. Kramer had a lot of fans and they think that the killings are the work of a copycat but they are not sure who it is. Meanwhile, we also see a new group of players that are forced to play the game while receiving instructions from the voice of John Kramer itself.
Laura Vandervoort as Anna, Paul Braunstein as Ryan, Mandela van Pebbles as Mitch and Brittany Allen as Carly are the players in this movie. They wake up with a bucket over their heads chained to a wall with saws and from that moment on they have to fight and win the game in order to survive. Jigsaw talks to them through speakers and he tells them that they have to confess their sins and play by the rules or else. It is a sick and twisted game but simple at the same time, where the players have a chance of surviving but they have to go through different obstacles that can get them killed. Jigsaw’s signature is in everything but John Kramer has been dead for 10 years and detective Halloran starts to interrogate the two forensic doctors Eleanor and Logan. Halloran is ruthless and suspicious too, next to detective Keith Hunt (Cle Bennet) they start to investigate Eleanor and they find out that she is a Jigsaw fan herself, who collects Kramer’s old torture instruments.
As all of the Saw movies, Jigsaw is gore, violent and grotesque at some points but it also has a message. John Kramer always put people who had sinned and he gives them the chance to confess and redeem themselves, they have to work as a team and find a way out of their tortures or die trying. In this installment we see less blood and gore than in the previous ones and the story is very well presented with great performances and good CGI. However, we cannot compare this one with the first Saw movie, which was a complete success filmed with a low budget and so-so performances. It is worth watching and it will keep you busy for one and half hour but it is not as seat gripping as its predecessors and many fans think that this should be the last one, me included.