|Title||Jigsaw (Saw 8)|
|Availability||In Theaters | On Bluray, DVD and VOD (Jan 2018 est.)|
|Actors||Tobin Bell, Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie|
|Review||The much anticipated Jigsaw is here. Did it live up to the expectations?
We were cautious about this, to say the least. The Phantom especially, this being her favorite horror franchise. The previous seven films made so much sense together, that it was quite bold to add an eighth one. Especially since the only cast member to reprise his role is Tobin Bell, as Jigsaw himself. However, we were pleasantly surprised.
Does Jigsaw equal its predecessors in every sense? Not necessarily. The deathtraps are not especially inventive, but they don’t disappoint either. It’s not super gory, but it has some very decent kills. Does it feel like part of a whole? Absolutely (Phantom — not necessarily for BillChete it’s a stretch). They developed the story to fit the universe, even if there were some things that don’t quite click. We really wish they had brought more old cast members back, though, so certain parts would’ve made more sense. The end, we’re happy to report, took us completely by surprise, which is saying a lot. You definitely have to pay attention while watching, and even then they’ll probably fool you.
The acting in this movie is good, as usual, with only one mild exception. Even then, it’s not bad, just a bit overacted (we’ve seen reviews saying that there’s bad acting in this movie. They have obviously not seen bad acting). The feel of the movie is dark and completely Saw-esque. Of course, the pig mask makes an apparition, as does Billy the puppet, with some glowing eyes that we weren’t crazy about. Billy is just fine with his regular eyes, thank you very much. The Saw music is there too, even though it’s not as prevalent as in the previous ones. That is definitely a negative.
Should you watch Jigsaw and add it to your collection? We think you should. It’s a very decent addition to the family. As for the possibility of further development of the franchise, we think they should stop. If they choose to go on, however, they’d better bring back past members and have super brilliant ideas, because they could spoil one of the few franchises that feel like one cohesive story.