Saw IV (2007)

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5.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 5/10

Linking between the pictures still is interesting

Feels like more of the same, overly and unnecessarily complex

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Saw IV

Studio:  Twisted Pictures

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  October 26, 2007

MPAA Rating:  R

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Gillette’s new Mach razor leaves something to be desired…

Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is dead…or is he? Someone is carrying out murders in Jigsaw’s name and the FBI agents Peter Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Lindsey Perez (Athena Karkanis) question if Jigsaw and Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith) were working alone. As a cop with a short fuse named Lt. Daniel Rigg (Lyriq Bent) is forced to play Jigsaw’s game, the lives of Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) and Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) hang in the balance.

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, Saw IV (sometimes referred to Saw IV: It’s a Trap) continues the poorly reviewed by big profit franchise. Following Saw III in 2006, Saw IV picks up immediately after the events of Saw III with Jigsaw’s death.

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A painful divorce…

I admire what the Saw movies do. It is telling a big picture story…whether it was planned that way or not. The movies interlock and tie together and usually it is done pretty decently. There are always a few questions as to the how some stuff occurred but for the most part the story does line up.

The question becomes at this point…do you care as a viewer? I thought the end of Saw III was a shock with Jigsaw’s death and now it is starting to just become humorous. The guy is such a genius and can find sympathetic psychopaths that can predict the actions of everyone…even if it involves setting it up way in advance. The return of Donnie Walberg’s character seems rather pointless and the mystery of Jigsaw’s third partner really didn’t interest me that much.  Plus, every Saw ending there are so many unnecessary flashbacks.

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I’ll have that on ice…

Saw IV does continue to ratchet up the gore which can either attract (which is scary) or dissuade viewers. I still have a hard time getting past the trap of Saw II with the syringes so like going on the biggest rollercoaster and then trying smaller ones, I can’t be grossed out or shocked as much as that…though I do have to say the ice blocks were a bit of a surprise. It also continues to make me question if the judgmental Jigsaw allows the punishment to really fit the crime…

Saw IV is what it is…a new entry in a story that smartly links the sequels together more than some horror films. The grossness of the series is off putting, and I would prefer more scares than gore. I enjoy some aspects of the series but now it is starting to feel like more of the same. Saw IV was followed by Saw V in 2008.

Related Links:

Saw (2004)

Saw II (2005)

Saw III (2006)

Saw V (2008)

Saw VI (2009)

Saw 3D (2010)

Jigsaw (2017)

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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