Review in Brief: Jigsaw (2017)

While JIGSAW isn’t a bad movie, not even particularly low down in the wider SAW franchise (for the record it goes I, III, VI then Jigsaw) but it’s hard to love. Expect pleasing references to the earlier movies, new traps (my favourite for its simplicity is a big sandpit that immobilises you to have an assortment of sharp and heavy things drop in your head TOM AND JERRY-style) and a pretty easy mystery to solve. If you’ve seen even a handful of these movies surely by now you know the formula for guessing who Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell, still having a blast) latest accomplice is: it’s not the really obvious suspect, it’s the slightly less obvious one. The Spierig Brothers are so much better than this material (watch PREDESTINATION) but they keep things polished and sure-footed even if few moments or characters are particularly memorable. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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