What can I say about Saw 4, that I didn’t already say about Saw, Saw 2, and Saw 3? I personally find Saw to be the most brilliant new horror franchise of the 2000-2009 decade.

This movie seemingly picks up where Saw 3 leaves off … But there is a twist — not as good as the twist in Saw 2 — but a good twist nonetheless. I’ll mention it later in the spoiler section, which I will protect with a screenful of dots before and after.

Overall, the quality of this movie — and the deaths therein — was lower than Saw 1 – Saw 3. I suppose all movie franchises must inevitably decline. However, it still exceeded my expecations, thrilled me, entertained me, and held my interest completely. I went to bed 20 minutes after the movie, passing out uncontrollably during Kenny Vs. Spenny’s “Who Can Be Obese The Longest?” contest — yet while Saw 3 was on, I was not in the slightest bit interested.

Not only are the murders so beautifully orchestrated that I wish there was a “Saw” virtual reality video game I could play to see if *I* could get out of these puzzles — but there is also a moral quandry in the Saw movie… Perhaps more than in Saw 1-3. A man is given a chance to save the life of a rapist. A voyeur rapist. Who has photos of his beaten, tied (all 4 limbs), young lady victims plastering his wall. And a video playing of him raping the girl. Victim #2 is forced to make a choice as to whether to save this man — and risk his own life (and wife’s life) in the process. Such moral quandries play out as a form of entertainment to “Jigsaw”, even though Jigsaw is dead when the movie begins! Of course, there is yet another twist in that department, since Jigsaw hasn’t truly worked directly since Saw 1 — he has his proteges and victim to do that for him. Suffice to say, the interplay between the various factors in Saw movies keeps me COMPLETELY FRIGGIN’ ENTERTAINED.

I loved this movie, and I would like to watch all 4 Saw movies again, knowing what I know today. They would be viewed completely differently knowing all the future secrets of the series.

Anyway — Don’t give up on Saw. If you’ve watched 1-3, you certainly want to watch 4. That is all.

SPOILERS BELOW!

Scroll if you’ve seen the movie already, or don’t care about spoilers… Otherwise, scroll to the very bottom for comments.
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SPOILERS

So, the big twist was that Saw 4 actually happened practically in parallel with Saw 3. You start off thinking this is months later, but it’s more like… Hours or Days. This explains why there were scenes that Carolyn said she thought were a flashback, but I was saying, “No, I don’t think this is a flashback — this is happening now”. The “flashbacks” were from all 3 previous Saw movies (Saw 3 virtually ignored Saw 2 — my favorite of the franchise — while Saw 4 seemed to reference all 3 Saw movies). It turns out that Saw 4 actually happened partially in paralell with Saw 3.

The perception of when the flashbacks happened gradually became “closer and closer to now”. This explains how Jigsaw was able to set up A WHOLE MOVIE OF CHALLENGES despite being dead before Saw 4 even begins! Turns out that a lot of Saw 4 — or at least the “recent flashbacks” of Saw 4 — basically happened at the same time as Saw 3.

It’s a bit confusing, and I’m the first to admit that I’ve contradicted myself in this paragraph — How could Saw 4 and Saw 3 happen at the same time, if Jigsaw was alive during Saw 3, and dead in the first scene of Saw 4? I think the timelines involved aren’t completely linear — but the fact of the matter is, at the very least: Events in Saw 3 happened during the Saw 4 movie. At one point, you think it’s a flashback, until the main character from Saw 4 walks into the room, and you realize they are happening at the same time.

(SAW 2 SPOILER:) Of course the big twist in Saw 2 was that it turned out to be the same house as in Saw 1. When they walked down to the basement, opened the door, and it was the same room that Saw 1 took place in — That completely blew my mind and a damn near spiritual level — like being filled with bewilderment and wonder. Saw 3 did not have as good of a twist, and this “oh yea, it’s actually only RIGHT after Saw 3” twist in Saw 4 is probably the 2nd best twist out of the 4 Saw movies.

IF YOU’RE GOING TO INCLUDE SPOILERS IN YOUR COMMENTS, PLEASE USE “THE DOT TRICK” AND A SPOILER WARNING AT TOP TO SIMILARLY PROTECT OTHER READERS.

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^^^ These dots are to protect you the reader from any potential spoilers. If you have not seen Saw 4, you may not want to read the spoiler section!