The Spierig brothers’ Jigsaw is the eight instalment of the Saw franchise and brings the series back to life after seven years of sitting on the shelf.
It’s everything you would expect from a genre that became known as “torture porn.” There are several gruesome deaths, harrowing screams for help and numerous twists and turns to keep the audience guessing.
Jigsaw starts with a scene fans will be all too familiar with: victims are being held in a basement and asked to play a game.
We hear the terrifying spooky voice of Jigsaw that has become synonymous with the franchise.
As is always the case with this scenario, the people are being punished for the sins they have committed in their life and are given a chance to repent.
Eventually a body is found by police and an investigation starts up.
Australia’s own Matt Passmore stars as the lead pathologist on the case. He plays Logan Nelson, who analyses the bodies, digging for clues along the way.
Passmore has had success in Hollywood recently with shows like The Glades and Lethal Weapon.
It’s always nice to see an Australian actor doing well overseas and he is convincing in his role.
Callum Keith Rennie stars as Halloran, the lead detective on the case. Halloran is your classic cynical, grizzled detective who doesn’t play by the rules but gets results.
Rennie’s performance came across a little bit stereotypical but is ultimately forgivable.
This movie is definitely not for the faint hearted. You know what you’re getting with a Saw film and it’s not for everybody.
The rusted on Saw fans will get a kick out of Jigsaw and be happy to see all their favourite horrific torture scenes back on the big screen.
It’s unlikely that Jigsaw will reel in any newcomers to the franchise but it is still doing well at the U.S box office, coming out number one in its opening week.
Saw 3D, also known as Saw VII, was meant to be the last of the series seven years ago and flopped critically but still did well commercially.
Brothers Michael and Peter Spierig do a great job directing Jigsaw and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Jigsaw is showing in cinemas now.
Watch the trailer…