The Saw series is a horror series that with exception of the first one, (which I didn't like) I have hated with all the sequels, prequels and everything else associated with the franchise. I was so excited when I heard they had concluded the series only to recently find out it was all a lie and that for the love of money they resurrected it with the new release of Jigsaw, the character behind the Saw movies who supposedly died in the last feature of Saw.
There were other attributes of this movie that were better than expected. To the surprise of many, Jigsaw can be seen as a continuation of the television show The Glades. The star of that show, Matt Passamore takes on the character of Logan Nelson in Jigsaw which is a similar role for him. He has either been typecast so plays the same character from one role to another or this is the only kind of role he can play It isn't that he is a bad actor, in some ways he is the best part of Jigsaw which features a decent cast including, Tobin Bell as Jigsaw, Callum Keith Rennie as Detective Halloran and Hannah Emily Anderson as Elanor Bonneville among others. Then again the sound and score is exceptional and the special effects are real enough to make one cringe throughout the movie which has as a feature, torturous deaths.
I had to wonder when watching this movie about a few things, one is the desire to see what I would consider violent, gory torture porn portrayed in such a real way that it was hard to watch. I also had to question the viewers in the theater who find humor in this with their literal laugh out loud some have through the most gruesome scenes. What has moved a segment of society to find humor in this type of imagery?
There were other attributes that had me thinking. One of the themes is the justified judgment of those who seem to deserve to die and be tortured in the process. In some ways Jigsaw is portrayed as a God like character handing out judgment to those who have sinned in a horrible way. It plays on a philosophy of an evil judgmental God. The problem with this is that the character is virtually void of love, redemption or forgiveness of those who have done wrong. I am also reminded though of the words of Jesus who complicated things, teachings such as, "those without sin cast the first stone." He also said things like "while some talk of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, I tell you to love one another." Then He went so far as to say, "that if you look at a woman and desire her, you are guilty of adultery," and "if you are angry at someone, then you are guilty of murder." Under those guidelines, whom of us wouldn't Jigsaw find some justification for killing and torturing? I would like to see a movie that finds redemptive attributes of at least a few characters, Jigsaw provides none.
We live in a world where it seems as if we are motivated to violence, from politics to religion and from one sporting team to another. Is it any wonder that concepts of civil discourse have been lost and are so desired by some in our world?
Let me make clear if I haven't already, seeing this movie was a job, there was little fun about watching Jigsaw. I don't think I can clarify enough how much I dislike this series. While it was a tad better than most of the other films in the series, there are far better films to see in my opinion. Unfortunately, this film, during October will do a fair box office and likely make money, otherwise, they wouldn't keep making them. Personally, I wish for a major flop so they would quit making these movies but I don't expect that, I expect profits to keep driving the franchise. I hope for at least characters deserving of redemption and something positive to come about other than spending time feeling guilty about watching a type of vile, torturous pornography.
On a scale of 1 - 10 while some positives regarding film making, for the 3 letters in the word YUK, I give a lowly not worth it 3
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