It’s time to play a game…………again! When Saw 3D, the 7th a supposedly final chapter of the saw films came out back in 2010 it was meant to be the final chapter in the series. Jigsaw was already dead (he died of cancer in part IV) and everything came full circle and was tied up nicely. Problem is no one cared about the plot. These films are watched for the murder traps and the gore. So it was just a matter of time before this series would return. Luckily it returned with a part 8, not a reboot nor remake. Jigsaw the newest entry continues the story from the originals, and weather fans will admit it or not it does a great job.
Picking up 10 years later we see a group of people in a barn with buckets on their heads being pulled toward spinning buzz saws. A tape with John Kramer’s voice explains the rules. One girl figures out the game and four of them make it out alive. The 5th is dragged back first into the wall of spinning buzz saws. The game was triggered by a low level criminal who was killed in the process. The story picks up during his autopsy where we meet the to forensic pathologists who conducted the police autopsy. Logan Nelson, a former service man who was tortured during the war and whose wife died the previous year, and Eleanor Bonneville, a woman who it turns out has am obsession with Jigsaw.
The 2 detectives who are in charge of the case began suspecting both of them for having an involvement in this new Jigsaw case, although there reasons are suspect as well. To calm the publics nerves that this is not the Jigsaw Killer they unearth John Kramer’s casket but find it to be empty. This story, like the others is ongoing as the remaining survivors of the buzz saws continue playing the game Jigsaw has set up for them. Of course all these players have something in common, and before you ask, yes Tobin Bell is in this as Jigsaw. How, well you just have to watch and find out how that’s possible.
The film, like the later ones in the series is convoluted, and full of enough twists to not only keep you guessing, but to confuse you a bit as well. With that said its not a bad story by any means, the only problem is that people stopped caring about the story come episode 3. The fans, whether they admit it or not only come to see the various death traps and murders in the film. That’s the sell point of the series. And this one does not disappoint. Its loaded with the violence and gore you have come to expect from the Jigsaw series. Acid needles, wire tearing at your legs, laser collars, grain bins with falling sharp objects, and more. This even has a motorcycle powered trap that is sure to please fans.
With all of that said, this film was a lot of fun to watch. I liked the previous 7 entry’s and as I stated this is more of the same. This is a great continuation that will no doubt lead to more sequels down the road. Lionsgate put out this release and did an amazing job on the transfer. Everything pops in glorious bloody color, and the sounds is amazing, echoing the screams and score though the speakers. They have also added a nice amount of special features, both on the disc and more you can digitally download. They are
4K UHD / BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
If you’re a fan of the series, or just a horror fan in general who enjoys a nice amount of gore in their films, then this is for you. I recommend it. Like I said not trying to reestablish anything, just keeping the franchise going.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!