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Saw IV (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Saw IV is more disturbing than compelling, with material already seen in the prior installments.

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Jigsaw, as well as his apprentice Amanda, have died. After hearing of Detective Kerry's murder, two veteran FBI agents, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, assist Detective Hoffman in sorting out the remains of Jigsaw's last game. However, SWAT Team Commander Rigg has been put into a deadly game himself, and has only an hour and a half to prevail over a series of twisted, horrifying traps to save an old friend, as well as himself, from a grisly demise.

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Cast

Tobin Bell
as Jigsaw/John
Scott Patterson
as Agent Strahm
Athena Karkanis
as Agent Perez
Donnie Wahlberg
as Eric Mathews
James Van Patten
as Dr. Heffner
David Boyce
as Pathologist
Kelly Jones
as SWAT Pete
Janet Land
as Morgan
Niamh Wilson
as Corbett
Joanne Boland
as Crime Scene Photographer
Zoe Heath
as Lab Technician
Bill Vibert
as Young Cop
Noam Jenkins
as Michael
Oren Koules
as The Man
Alison Luther
as Young Girl
Kim Roberts
as Nurse Deborah
David Webster
as Dr. Steve
Sandra Manson
as Nurse Patti
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Critic Reviews for Saw IV

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (19)

Like the movie's mysterious Jigsaw doppelgänger, Saw IV is itself a poor substitute for the original (or even the first two sequels).

November 1, 2007 | Full Review…

The reports of torture porn's demise may have been greatly exaggerated, but this fourth entry in the mutilate-yourself-or-die series joins what may be the worst genre of the decade: the lamely ''sympathetic'' serial-killer backstory.

October 31, 2007 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

This death trap may be rusty, but as long as it keeps generating fresh blood, it's unlikely to slam shut anytime soon.

October 29, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Just as Jigsaw tests his victims, the franchise's own test will be whether such suspension can be maintained, or if matters lapse into a torture chamber of self-parody.

October 29, 2007

An incomprehensible cacophony of screams, shock cuts, dour pseudo-philosophizing, heavy metal mutilation and low-rent TV-standard performances.

October 29, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The Syriana of slasher films, so complicated and circuitous that your only hope of understanding everything is to eat lots of fish the night before and then watch each of the previous films, in order, right before you enter the theater.

October 29, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Saw IV

Saw IV is not for everyone, of course, since each new movie of the series is only for those who have been watching from the beginning, and the plot is now more intricate then ever and much less original, even if it also has another shocking ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Saw IV is a bad film to make, and I know realize they should have stopped making Saw films after the first one. The plot is very boring, after the second film I thought "oh cool, this will all be one big story," but now I realize they are running out of ideas and are now making crappy sequels just to make money, and i mean come om, I know I am stupid for just realizing this, but where the hell do they have the time to make all these torture contraptions. The cast was just plain bad and they all were not even close as good as the original Saw film, and I like them less with each Saw film I watch. The torture scenes are still really gory, and they keep to their name of being a gory film, but its seems like that the movie is completely focusing on the torture scenes. I am watching the Saw films for the first time, so i have been watching them and now I have just finished the fourth, and I can tell you right now that I liked the endings of the first three, but this ending was not even close to as surprising as those films, and I was very disappointed. Saw 4 is just another Saw film, and even though I enjoyed the first film, I really have not come to enjoy the series, and I expect the more Saw films I watch, the more disappointed I will be.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

½

This is one of my least favourite Saw movies and that depresses me because it has a lot of good in it, yet somehow between trying to give us the history of John Kramer (Jigsaw) and keep up with the usual inovative gore fest that we know, I think this movie got a little lost along the way. It seemed hurried, overplotted and fragmented at times with a confusing ending that never really tied up any of the loose strings of the other movies, like the three before it did so splendidly. Disappointing.

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Unknown Hobo

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