REVIEW: Jigsaw (2017) | ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Jigsaw (2017)

Run Time: 94 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: Lazy, shark jumping cash grab.

Those Saw movies used to be good, at least the first one.  There were so many sequels I don’t really remember if I enjoyed any, maybe the second one wasn’t too bad.  The ‘matter of time’ part has passed and now there is another one out there.  Ideally, this kind of update comes when someone offers a premise that is too good to resist, but in this case it’s just another case of the money being too good to resist.  Good bet, this poor movie took more than ten times its budget at the box office.

The film sees another group of lowlifes awaken to find themselves in a room with chains around their neck, being pulled toward furious bam saws.  Of course they get out of that predicament only to face more terrors, with the infamous doll on a tricycle playing tapes of Tobin Bell’s voice denouncing them as scumbags who must repent.  Just like the old films.  And on the outside, specialist cops are on the case, wondering how a man who has been dead ten years can resurface.  But all is not what it seems even within the ranks of the police.

Here is why this film should be avoided — an alien with an IQ of 410 could not create the traps found in this movie.  And even if it could, the alien would also have to be telepathic and clairvoyant.  They’re complex, yet stupid, and ruinously improbable.  But not as stupid as the hostages, the height of their stupidity being at the beginning.  They are trapped in a barn you see, but with flimsy walls and glaring daylight shining through the rickety wooden planks.  Two well-timed kicks would free them, but instead what do they do?  Go through the scary vault door where more hatchets and stabbing instruments await them.  The tone is set for 90 minutes of wincing shark jumping.

It’s nice hearing Tobin Bell voice the old character again, but they’ve blown it with this film.  Go watch the early ones instead.


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    David Barber

    February 6, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Gave up after 3.

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    Barney Ross

    February 6, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    The worst yet but i still enjoyed it 6/10 some funny shit in this

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    Mucho Macho

    February 6, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I fuckin love the “Saw” franchise.
    While everyone went apeshit over the Marvel cinematic universe, this franchise did something very similar ( but obviously not in such a large scale ) before it was such a big trend.

    One of the things that always annoyed me or was funny to me about horror franchises was that no matter how many people got killed in one movie, in the next installment for example you always had fucking kids around a campfire talking about a supposed urban legend. Lots of these movies had no continuity or did not keep the continuity going all through the franchise.

    But “Saw” was different. The original series was one big fuckin movie. Supporting characters becoming leads in the next movie, going back and forth between the present and the past ( sometimes explaining shit from previous movies ), or taking place simultaneously in a timeline like when it was revealed that part 4 four was taking place at the same time as part 3.

    How many franchises, especially in the horror genre, can you say that you can’t understand a movie if you have not seen the previous ones? “Saw” was a rarity for sure. I know we ain’t taking about Masterpiece Theater here, but I enjoyed the movies & took them as the fun rides they were. The last one was the weakest unfortunately but in the end dont matter, it was a great franchise.

    “Jigsaw” to me was a 5-6/10 movie. It’s a “Saw” movie that feels like it would’ve been released like in the middle of the original’s franchise run. Not a beginning or end to a franchise really.

    One complain about this movie, in the original series the traps were believable and somewhat realistic. In this movie the traps made it look like Jigsaw took out a fucking loan or won the lottery cause the new traps looked like they cost a fucking fortune.

    I don’t know if “Jigsaw 2” is happening soon but I imagine it will be happening at some point.

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    Stig Johansen

    February 6, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    I thought it was ok. Perfectly fine for a friday night, really. I wouldn’t want to watch it again though. 5/10.

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    February 7, 2018 at 2:18 am

    No Detective Hoffman, no sale.

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    Jacob Phillips

    February 7, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    First one had Danny Glover, can’t beat that. Thanks for the review, I probably wont ever watch this, but I might watch the original again some time.