Jigsaw


By Jackie Raphael

3.5 stars

We have all come to know what to expect from a Saw film - gruesome and bloody scenes, tension and a twist. Jigsaw is no exception. While we did not really need another Saw film, this one is still a lot of fun for fans of the franchise. Jigsaw focuses on an investigation into a series of mutilated dead bodies found around the city. Although John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is said to have been dead for 10 years, the police begin to suspect he is still alive. The actors did a great job of building the suspense and acting terrified through the gory scenes. The new cast includes Australian actor Matt Passmore, who plays the family man forensic doctor, and Emily Anderson as his quirky assistant. Callum Keith Rennie and Cle Bennett play the detectives, while Mandela Van Peebles, Laura Vandervoot, Paul Braunstein, Brittany Allen and Josiah Black play the people chosen to take part in the death game. Directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, known for films like Predestination and Daybreakers, did a good job of continuing the tone of the Saw franchise, although they did not really bring anything new. If you did not like the first Saw film, then do not bother with this one. But if you have enjoyed the franchise so far, you should be entertained by Jigsaw. Nothing will beat the original, but it will still have you on the edge of you seat.


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