***MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ALL SEVEN SAW FILMS TO FOLLOW. AS JIGSAW WOULD SAY, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***
|Posted: 27 September 2017 at 9:05am | IP Logged | 1
Okay, from 2004 to 2011, seven SAW films were made, featuring Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), a terminally ill cancer patient who, fed up with people not being grateful for their lives, captured, tortured and killed people. He engineered many traps, every one of them symbolic of the person's sins, each trap giving a person a chance to escape, often at a great cost.
At the end of SAW III, a dying Jigsaw is killed when one of his victims slices his neck with a buzzsaw.
Despite his death, four further films were made; SAW IV began with Jigsaw's body being cut up for an autopsy. Inside his body was a tape recorder, leaving details of further gruesome games to come. Jigsaw appeared in IV, V, VI and VII via flashbacks, his sick games being engineered by "apprentices".
The seventh film, which came full circle, wrapped things up, tying up loose ends.
The series did stretch credibility at times. The dying protagonist sure found a hell of a lot of time, and used a hell of a lot of resources, to carry out his sick games. And despite being cut up on an autopsy table in SAW IV, he'd planned well, ensuring his sick games could continue (until his final apprentice died in VII).
But horror franchises never die:
How on earth can they drag more out of this story? One could just about suspend disbelief and accept four movies after the death of the main character. One could just about accept Jigsaw having put plans in place. It was a flawed premise at times: in IV, one plan was dependent on an FBI agent showing up and shooting an innocent man by mistake. What if that FBI agent had got stuck in traffic? Not solved the clues? Got hit by a bus on the way over?
I really don't know how they can possibly drag this out further without totally jumping the shark! Jigsaw is dead. There's only so much planning one could have done before death. Only so many traps one could build, only so many empty factories to utilize, etc. And only so many hours in the day.
Whatever the production values of JIGSAW, and whatever merits it may have, I cannot help but think of sharks and jumping right now.