PLOT SUMMARY: Even though Jigsaw is dead, the Jigsaw murders are continuing, as police close in on the suspect.
HAIKU REVIEW: It’s still going on!
Saw movies won’t ever stop!
Get used to it, bub!
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Bad cop kills people he couldn’t arrest.
PEOPLE: Still the same director, same writers used since Saw 3, and many of the same actors. This is somewhat surprising, given how many are dead. But interwoven flashbacks have always been a big part of the Saw mythos.
QUIRKS: Violence. Death. People call it torture porn, but it’s a splatter flick, and those have been around for decades. Furthermore, nobody is really tortured by anyone directly. The beauty of Jigsaw’s methods is that he gets people to essentially choose to “torture” themselves. It’s a game. Quit simply, the Worst. Game. Ever.
Jigsaw is really a kick-ass character. He reminds me of the guy who made Faces Of Death.
VISUALS: 1080p bloodiness, and evil machinery.
MORALS: Fuck predatory loan officers. Actually, Saw movies are full of morals. The argument can certainly be made that Jigsaw is doing people a favor — but one they can only cash in on if they survive his “games”. Of course, they rarely do. But a lot of the people that he puts through his games do, in fact, deserve to die. Moral grey areas greatly improve the Saw experience.
POLITICS: The movie is incredibly damning towards health care insurance companies. Good. Show those free market anti-socialists just what happens when corporations make medical decisions instead of doctors and governments. (Yes, governments: The government that grants you the right to life is less likely to kill you than a corporation that has to pay to keep you alive. Governments at least operate on the pretense that they are for the public’s best interest; corporations no longer do — Though that’s not how it was when corporations were originally chartered by the king.)
BAD STUFF: Nothing! Other than the horrible fates the characters have to go through, which horror-pussies will complain about as being “torture porn” / “too graphic” / “too [whatever]”. But when horror is horrible, it is actually succeeding at horrifying you. That’s the point. If you didn’t like being horrified, go watch a comedy.
CONCLUSION: With Saw 5 being the worst in the series, this was a dramatic improvement. It’s amazing how they can keep using dead characters via flashbacks, with each new movie weaving new layers on the old movies, and subtly changing their meanings. I look forward to Saw 7 waaay more than I looked forward to this. This is the most successful horror franchise in cinema history for a damn good reason. I pity the fools that are too weak to digest something like this.
A note from Carolyn: “The Saw movies are definitely gory, but not so much terror, as thriller and a bit of mystery… There is definitely gore, but I don’t agree that people should hate on the Saw movies just because of the gore. It’s a good well-told story-line. It doesn’t assault my psyche like some scary stuff.. I guess I got used to the gore.. I do find myself looking away if it’s particularly gross (I looked away when the guy was melting in the acid, but I did see the bottom half fall down from my peripheral vision.. )”
RECOMMENDATION: If Saw 5 made you abandon the franchise, that was an incorrect decision.
MOVIE QUOTE: Jigsaw: You think it’s the living who have ultimate judgment over you, because the dead will have no claim over your soul. But you may be mistaken.
Mood: annoyed, full
Music: Alex Skolnick Trio – Somewhere Out There