Critic Consensus: Jigsaw definitely won't win many converts to the Saw franchise, but for longtime fans, it should prove a respectably revolting -- if rarely scary -- diversion.
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Critic Reviews for Jigsaw
Which brings us to "Jigsaw," which fails for very much the same reasons as "The Mummy" - It was made to launch a franchise rather than because it was actually about something.
All the Spierig brothers really bring to the material is cleaned-up camera work.
Seven years after Saw 3D, you would've expected a back-to-basics approach, but Jigsaw doubles down on the franchise's twisty storytelling. It feels too long, and it's only 90 minutes.
Watching Jigsaw go about his torture business is about as interesting as watching a child burn ants - a dumb and ugly waste of energy, resources and time.
Saw cleans up pretty well in these modern times: This is the first movie that actually looks sort of expensive, and it trades the sickening green color palette of the first seven efforts for actual daylight.
Audience Reviews for Jigsaw
This is the eighth film of the franchise, and so anyone who has obviously seen the previous movies before jumping into this one will recognize all of the same tricks, plot devices and typical twists, but still this installment is entertaining and coherent enough not to be a disaster.
Jigsaw is back (or is he) in this latest installment of the Saw franchise. When a police informant claims that a new Jigsaw game is underway and bodies start coming in the police find themselves in a race against time to find out who's running the game and save the captives. Featuring Callum Keith Rennie, Laura Vandervoort, and Tobin Bell, the cast is pretty decent. However, the story kind of muddles up the chronology of the series (making it even more convoluted). Yet the mystery of who's the new Jigsaw, and the subsequent investigation are fairly intriguing. But what really counts in a Saw film are the traps, and a couple of these are rather clever (others are ridiculously complicated). A mediocre entry in the franchise, Jigsaw more or less follows the series formula and delivers what one would expect.
Time to stop making these. What was once a spectacular original piece of film is now a regurgitated tripe of a story.
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