Alright everyone, we’re moving right along. This had become a yearly occurrence at this point and would continue to do so until it was finished. This is Saw IV, and this one has this synopsis on IMDB :
Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry’s murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw’s latest grisly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.
Well, that might actually be the most detailed IMDB plot so far. It makes sense though, this one has quite a bit going on, and is surprisingly complex considering we are 4 movies in, and at this point most series tend to drop into ‘cash grab’ mode. This one is surprisingly well crafted however.
This movie opens with a surprisingly … detailed … autopsy of the dead body of John Kramer, Jigsaw himself. On this autopsy, another tape is found, and the movie really kicks into gear. Once again, this sequel ups the blood, the guys, and the mayhem. It also expands on Kramer’s back story, his wife, and the things that brought him to his rebirth into Jigsaw. We also follow Jiggs in his series of tests that are really just the framing device for the traps.
The story is the most interesting and engaging part of this film, the reveal that this movie actual runs parallel to the one before is well presented, and intelligent. I enjoyed this movie much much more than I ever actually remember enjoying it when it had initially been released, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed myself.
The actors all do a pretty serviceable job all the way though, and once again Tobin Bell is fantastic. Though, it is sort of funny to see him interact with his wife in his ‘Jigsaw’ voice. The background we get on Jigsaw, and his wife also really does add some much needed depth, and continues to set up the puzzle that is only going to continue to unfold.
There’s not a ton of additional things to say about this movie that haven’t already been said about the ones before. It’s fun, it’s gory, and it ups the stakes and delivers on its twists and turns just as much as the ones before, and really is a worth-watching for fans of the franchise. Of course, if you haven’t liked them sense the beginning of this, then I really don’t recommend you bother with them at all.
At this point in the franchise, you know what you’re going to get, and this movie delivers exactly what it’s supposed to, leaving Jigsaw’s protege to carry on his work.
Watch it, it doesn’t suck, and it is a fun addition to an already enjoyable series.
FINAL GRADE : B-