April 28, 2010
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Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Writers: Patrick Melton/Marcus Dunstan/Thomas Fenton
Producers: Mark Burg/Oren Koules/Gregg Hoffman/James Wan/Leigh Whannell
Starring: Tobin Bell/Costas Mandylor/Scott Patterson/Donnie Wahlberg
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 91 minutes
It’s all over, both Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead but Jigsaw plays from his grave. His last puzzle might be the most difficult one. The commander of the swat team has only 90 minutes to solve one of Jigsaw’s puzzles to make it out alive. If he fails, his old friend will die.
All the while, two veteran FBI detectives try to solve another puzzle with fearsome traps and potential death.
“You think it is over…the games have just begun!”
The games have just begun and the games have gotten slightly more complex as Saw releases yet another movie: Saw IV. The story isn’t as clever or as strong as the other movies, this one is a little bit boring but it’s still an average addition to the series. Also, it’s not friendly to newcomers of the series, people would need to at least watch the third movie before watching this. The characters were written okay and the way Jigsaw set the traps for the main character is a little bit clever but it just doesn’t have the same intelligence as the first movie did although it tries to. There’s little character development this time round and you aren’t really very interested in the main character but more interested in the characters he has to save. The acting is very mediocre, as there were some scenes when the acting was undeniably quite bad but it picked up later on in the movie. However, the best actor in the movie is yet again Tobin Bell as Jigsaw. The direction was average and the writing isn’t as good as it was in the first three movies. The special effects were done great and the traps were, yet again, inventive and each trap matched the personality of the person in the trap just like the other movies, which I found clever.
I didn’t like this addition as much as I liked the other three and, even though watching Jigsaw’s past and explaining why he did the things he did was all good, it just didn’t feel the same. The movie didn’t actually feel like a Saw movie. It actually felt more like it was supposed to be a television show more than a movie. I also felt it lost that little bit of intelligence and that spark that made the Saw movies great.
A very average horror movie. It’s mostly for Saw fans and the people who’ve been following the movies. It’s possibly the worst in the Saw series, here’s hoping Saw V picks up.