A New Game Begins
JIGSAW (27 October 2017)
Dir. The Spierig Brothers | Based on Saw by James Wan and Leigh Whannell
The German-Austrailian director-writer-producers Peter and Michael Spierig may not be household names of horror, but they’re behind the films Daybreakers, Predestination, and Winchester. And of course, the eighth installment in the Saw series, 2017’s Jigsaw. Intended to be a reinvention of the original series, the film takes place over a decade after the death of the jigsaw killer. It was overall not much of a success, but did have more of a fun mystery-type element not seen in some of the previous films. I remember catching this one in theaters and leaving feeling sufficiently entertained, but not as if the franchise had been particularly “revitalized” by the film. It earned a “B” CinemaScore, which is impressive considering its Rotten Tomatoes rating is currently at 36%. Audiences were more satisfied with Jigsaw than were critics, clearly, which is to be expected. Overall, as a fan of the Saw franchise (Saw IV is and will always be my favorite out of all of the films, and no I will not elaborate) I considered Jigsaw worth catching in theaters and generally a good time, though I wouldn’t really want to take it home on DVD or really have a re-watch anytime soon.