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Saw IV Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ January 21, 2018
Convoluted tripe, Saw IV is a confusing and pointless entry into the series. After learning that missing police detective Eric Matthews is alive, Lieutenant Daniel Rigg attempts to save him by embarking on a series of trials that have been setup by Jigsaw to lead him to Matthews. Taking place concurrently with the last film, the series chronology gets really messy and hard to follow. Additionally, the characters aren't that interesting, and neither are the stakes. Yet there are some clever plot twists and reveals that are quite shocking. Saw IV jumps the shark a bit, but it deserves some points for its attempt to do something bold and unconventional with the series mythology.
½ January 12, 2018
"Saw IV" seeks a message about morality and human nature, but it's far too crowded by its convoluted narrative.
December 30, 2017
Love SAW 4! The most underrated movie in the series! The twist at the end had me on the edge of my seat wondering who Jigsaw's other accomplice was amazing :-)
½ November 12, 2017
Not anything tons special, but it still had another good ending twist and overall plot.
½ November 7, 2017
Saw IV: Overstuffed and lackluster.
November 1, 2017
This was awful! Saw IV is a lazy excuse for a film. Its barely cohesive and does not make any sense. The worst Saw movie up until that point.
October 30, 2017
This movie was better than Saw III, hands down, the traps are fairly elaborate, although there isn't actually that much emphasis on the traps themselves as the backstory to Jigsaw, which was by far the best part to watch.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
½ October 30, 2017
Here's where people started losing interest in the Saw movies, Mostly down to the fact that they couldn't keep up with the story and I get that it can be hard to keep up with it all with so many twists happening but if you pay attention then it's all pretty clear (No matter how mad it all gets) We learn more about Jigsaws past and in a way we start to feel sorry for the guy and get to see there's method to his madness, The film did focus allot more on the story part rather than the traps, There was some good traps but they seemed a little tame compared to the previous three films, It's a shame people lost interest in these films after this as it's got such a great well put together story you just have to look past all the gore and twists to see it which is something 99% of Horror films don't even bother with.
October 28, 2017
It was ok i was expecting alot better. but it was still good
October 28, 2017
Saw IV is a step up from a disappointing third installment, however, there?s not a ton happening that?s new.
½ October 25, 2017
A ridiculous and predictable story make Saw 4 a drag as nothing here is new or original anymore except for the horrifying scene transitions.
Grade: D-
October 18, 2017
"I would say that this next installment is better than 'III' because of its story, plot twists, and the traps. It also delivers a message about being patient. However it's nowhere near great as the first film because of its shaky cam, cringeworthy editing, and horror film logic. So it's a good installment but not as great as the first film."
½ October 17, 2017
ok maybe we're getting super convoluted and bordering on impossible. but i still enjoyed it. you just have to not really question stuff. i love the connections with the other movies, and the new background stories and stuff from the past. (3 viewings)
½ October 17, 2017
Messy, convoluted and just plain gross. These movies keep getting worse and worse.
October 16, 2017
Interesting but down from the third
October 15, 2017
So the main game was to teach a guy not to save people by not going through doors? What
½ October 10, 2017
Disappointing entry into the franchise that tries to show where the series will go now that Jigsaw is dead, but is hampered by too many twists & a disjointed narrative. The lack of Tobin Bell is felt, though he does manage to steal the opening scene with just his voice & being a dead body. However, there is no actor ready to pick up his slack and, for that matter, the Jigsaw mantle. Behind the camera, Darren Lynn Bousman crafts another twisty thriller but one to reliant too on previous films (you literally have to watch Saw III to understand what is going on), thus the film doesn't stand on its on. There are some pretty gruesome traps , as usual, and the film does get into Jigsaw's origins (we get to see his first victim & trap). For Saw fans, a must watch but as a stand alone horror film, just doesn't hold up.
½ September 27, 2017
Saw IV marks the third and final entry in the franchise to be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, it is also my favourite film in the franchise aside from the original masterpiece. Following the deaths of John Kramer (Tobin Bell) and his accomplice Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith), Lieutenant Daniel Rigg (Lyriq Bent) is put through a series of tests whilst Agents Peter Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Lindsay Perez (Athena Karkanis) join Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) in investigating the remnants of Jigsaw's latest game. There are many reasons why this is the one that stands out above the many other Saw films for me; it delivers on the terrifying and gruesome traps you expect to see, develops the mystery further, introduces some great (relatively) new characters, and executes two of the biggest twists in the franchise in an epic finale.

Lets go into the main players in this instalment and the performances behind their characters. After spending Saw II and III relatively on the sidelines we see Lt. Rigg finally take the spotlight and be the one we follow through a series of brutal and gruesome tests. This works very well for the film as it gives you a character to care about that it doesn't need to spend time setting up beforehand. This is also the first film where Detective Hoffman is a prominent figure and here he is just such a great intriguing and fascinating character to watch. He has a key part in the story within the Saw franchise and his setup here is done so in a very well executed manner. Costas Mandylor plays the role incredibly with some creepy undertones that has the character stand out really well. Scott Patterson makes his debut as Agent Strahm and his character is a breath of intelligent (sort of) fresh air for the franchise.

After a very brief cameo in Saw III, Betsy Russell makes her debut as John Kramer's ex, Jill Tuck. Personally, I like the character, she serves her purpose in the story well and is believable enough to fit in with the rest of the movie. Some of her line delivery can be a little off but at this point that isn't what ur looking for in a Saw film. One thing you should be very used to by now are the presence of flashbacks and they are used extensively here once again. These scenes predominantly focus on John Kramer's past, where we get to see his relationship with Jill and get introduced to a character named Cecil (Billy Otis) and his importance to this story. I love the flashbacks, they can get confusing sometimes if you aren't paying full attention but the amount of insight into past and present events is well worth it. One of the very odd choices Bousman made in the editing of these flashbacks is to blend the flashback scene with the following modern day scene with 'smooth' scene transitions. It's jarring as fuck when Bousman blows his load, executing this transition like 30 times and it's the only real downside to this movie.

So in the end, at this point in the franchise you know what you want out of these films, whether it be story, blood, or gore it has it all. The way the story develops within this film and how it all ties up very nicely in the end I absolutely love and the payoff is fucking great. The traps are here, the blood is there, the gruesome and disturbing traps are present and this is the high point of the franchise (beyond the first film)..... and you know what that means: it's all downhill from here.

9.4/10
½ September 23, 2017
i think the main problem is the character agent strahm. sure the acting is good but his to smart and fells like he was the one who came up with the game. well the gore and story is entertaining its an OK movie.
½ September 12, 2017
This is what happens when a franchise loses its way: the original was a moderately clever rip-off of David Fincher's Seven. In this desperately confused and over-edited chapter the games playing has become tedious, not least because Jigsaw is dead and the makers have decided to chuck everything at the screen - viscera, body parts, you name it - in stead of sorting out a decent script.
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