We're still a month away from Saw's release. Every week, I watch and review the corresponding movies in chronological order. This week, let's revisit the controversial saw iv review .
As writer Leigh Whanell moves on to better things, Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton face the tough task of rebooting the franchise after Saw III wraps up the trilogy. The box office receipts of the first three Saw films are undeniable, and that seems to be the driving force behind the creation of Saw IV. The fourth entry is nothing more than recycling the tropes and clichés typical of the series and letting it scrape to the bottom of the barrel.
If you thought the sadistic game was over after Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) died, think again. During his autopsy, a tape was found in his stomach, indicating that the game was still going on. His plans involve Daniel Riggs (Lyriq Bent) as he is forced to play the role of a puzzle to find two missing colleagues. This impersonation game impresses FBI Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) that Riggs may be a copycat killer. To help, he interviews Jigsaw's wife, Jill (Betsy Russell), to find out how her husband came to be.
Two "Saw" veterans return as Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and Rigg (Lerrick Bent). The two were joined by two federal agents (Scott Patterson and Athena Calkanis), and of course, the game continued even as the puzzle died. With hindsight, we also introduced Dr. Gil Tucker (Betsy Russell) and his role in the development of Jigsaw.
Despite my general resistance to horror films, I'm actually a fan of the original Saw, and despite its overly violent graphics, it's a creative and clever film. However, since the original, the series has been nothing more than an excuse to invent newer, more morbid, more figurative, and more brutal ways to torture, humiliate, and kill victims.
If I were to rate "Saw IV" based solely on my personal enjoyment, it would be a huge failure. To that end, Part Four, the series has lost its uniqueness, wit, twisted morality, and even its terrifying abilities. "Saw IV" isn't particularly scary, suspenseful, or terrifying...it just gets to the point of unconscious violence. Fans of horror porn, "hotels" and extreme violence will almost climax... others will just shrug and say "so what?"
In this case, you can never let the bad guy die when the villain is Jigsaw. Viewers of the film have seen how John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is the killer of the puzzle. He's the brains behind some of the deadliest games imaginable. Now that he and his apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith) are dead, that doesn't mean the game has to be over.
Chainsaw is the most twisted Chainsaw movie to date. For some horror fans, the movie may well live up to its expectations. Others will be a little disappointed with the results. Compared to previous issues, I found this a bit disappointing. That's not to say Saw is the worst in the series, but it's not the best either.
The film opens with graphic detail showing the naked body of John Kramer as doctors perform an autopsy. They found a duct tape on his stomach and reported the homicide.