Reviewed by: Christopher Walker
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Pigs in the Bible
Saw I (2004)
Saw II (2005)
Saw III (2006)
Saw V (2008)
Saw VI (2009)
Saw 3D: The Traps Come Alive (2010)
|Featuring:||Tobin Bell (Jigsaw/John), Donnie Wahlberg, Costas Mandylor, more »|
|Director:||Darren Lynn Bousman|
|Producer:||Troy Begnaud, Peter Block, Mark Burg, Jason Constantine, more »|
|Distributor:||Lions Gate Films|
“It’s a trap.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Jigsaw, as well as his apprentice Amanda, have died. After hearing of Detective Kerry’s murder, two veteran FBI agents, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, assist Detective Hoffman in sorting out the remains of Jigsaw’s last game. However, SWAT Team Commander Rigg (Lyriq Bent) has been put into a deadly game himself, and has only an hour and a half to prevail over a series of twisted, horrifying traps to save an old friend, as well as himself, from a grisly demise.”
You can never leave a bad guy dead, in this case, when the villain is Jigsaw. The movie audience has watched as John Kramer (Tobin Bell) molded into the Jigsaw killer. He is the mastermind behind some of the most deadly games imaginable. Now he and his apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith) are dead, but that doesn’t mean the games have to end.
“Saw IV” is by far the most devious, twisted “Saw” movie yet. To some fans of horror, the movie will likely meet expectations. Others will be a little disappointed by the outcome. This seemed to me a little bit of a letdown from the previous installments. This isn’t to say “Saw IV” is the worst of the series,” but not the best either.
The films starts out in graphic detail, showing the naked body of John Kramer as doctors perform an autopsy on him. They discover a tape in his stomach and inform homicide. It appears that Jigsaw’s “tests of survival” will continue despite his demise. Sergeant Rigg (Lyriq Bent), one of the last surviving members of the original team, now finds himself a victim of Jigsaw’s tests: he has ninety minutes to save the life of an old friend, who is revealed to be a very much alive Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg). However, he must complete his own series of interconnecting tests that will determine whether or not he has truly “saved a life.” Following right behind the trail are FBI agents Perez (Athena Karkanis) and Strahm (Scott Patterson), who are determine to put an end to Jigsaw’s deadly games once and for all.
The movie is not for everybody, especially for the faint of heart. The movie does contain foul language and heavy amounts of gore. We get a little more back story of who John Kramer was: a man who had a loving wife (Betsy Russell) and was starting a family, until one act of violence and the news of cancer devastated him completely and transformed him into a killer, per se.
The film has some great suspenseful moments, but some of the plot twists are fairly predictable unlike the previous three that held many on the edge of their seats every time an extra plot point was revealed. The traps themselves are just as gruesome as the people who are placed in them.
If this film is successful in the box office, there will be two more films to round out the series, as this installment marks the beginning of a second trilogy that deals with life after Jigsaw. Tobin Bell signed on for at least one of them, which shows that John Kramer will be around long after he’s dead, but involved in flashbacks. I think the filmmakers pretty much covered his back story in three of the four films.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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