- 1 hr 32 min
Jigsaw is a 2017 American horror movie directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The movie stars Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie, Laura Vandervoort, and Hannah Emily Anderson. The story takes place ten years after the death of the titular character, John Kramer (Tobin Bell), who was known as the infamous Jigsaw Killer. His modus operandi involved capturing people who he believed had taken their lives and freedom for granted, and putting them through a series of deadly traps designed to teach them the value of life. The movie opens with a car chase where a suspect known for being involved in some gruesome murders is being chased by the police but is eventually caught. Upon examination of the scene, detectives discover the hallmark of the Jigsaw Murderer and realize that John Kramer may not be as dead as everyone once thought. From there, the movie builds up a web of intrigue and mystery around the Jigsaw case. A series of new murders takes place, featuring the same modus operandi as old Jigsaw cases. The police start on a quest to find out whether John Kramer is really dead, or if someone is simply copying his methods. Matt Passmore plays Logan Nelson, a detective who works alongside Eleanor Bonneville (Hannah Emily Anderson) and Keith Hunt (ClÃ© Bennett). They are tasked with investigating the new murders, with the suspicion that the Jigsaw killer is back on the loose. Meanwhile, a group of five people who are seemingly unrelated are kidnapped and trapped inside a new set of gruesome traps. Their captor is someone who they all have a connection to, and slowly but surely, they discover that they are not just random victims. Each trap ends with a bloody mess, and the captives are compelled to admit their secrets and learn the lessons John Kramer designed the traps to teach them. Throughout the movie, the story provides a wealth of backstory and interest around the Jigsaw character, slowly building up to the inevitable revelation of who is behind the new Jigsaw murders. What makes Jigsaw interesting is that it never takes itself too seriously. There are no grand political messages or deep themes of morality here. Instead, it's all about the sharp-tongued one-liners and the blood-soaked gore, offering pure horror entertainment to fans of the genre. The Spierig brothers do an excellent job of keeping the audience hooked with a pace that never slows down. They alternate between the Jigsaw's killing sequences and the detectives' investigation, providing a sense of urgency and tension throughout the film. The cast of Jigsaw is impressive, with Tobin Bell reprising his role as John Kramer in a series of flashback sequences. Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson, and ClÃ© Bennett all give solid performances, with Callum Keith Rennie stealing the show in the film's climactic final act. The movie, however, it's not without its flaws. Although the speculations and unravelling of the mystery are engaging, the eventual reveal of the Jigsawâs real identity is a little bit of a letdown. It feels too contrived and not quite in keeping with the âJigsaw ethos.â Nevertheless, the overall experience is a satisfying one, and the Spierig brothers should be commended for creating a horror movie that can captivate and entertain the audience. In conclusion, Jigsaw is a solid entry in the "Saw" franchise. It has all the gore and traps you could ask for, alongside a genuinely engaging mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. Whether you're a fan of the earlier films or just enjoy a good horror movie, Jigsaw is well worth a watch.