Jigsaw (2017)

I saw this movie tonight in the theater and I felt compelled to write about it while it was fresh in my head.  I’m going to go light on the spoiler aspect.  I will eventually do a legit blog when this is released on blu ray.

So here’s the first thing that needs to be said.  If you have seen the whole franchise, or most of it, you should feel entirely at home.  To go even further, none of the twists should surprise you.  That’s not to say that it’s not well done in regards to the twists.

The hallmarks of the franchise are present, mostly.  I must admit, the traps and deaths seemed really bland compared to stuff from Saw 2-6.  If anybody sees this and insists on calling this film “torture porn”, you should feel free to backhand them until they are crying.  Dumbasses deserve to learn lessons.  This film lacks in that department big time, so you will know how dumb somebody is by what they say after viewing this.

Another hallmark of the film is the 2-3 simultaneous stories occurring and the question of when and where is this happening.  This could qualify as a spoiler, but only if you have never sen a single film of this franchise prior, in which case, that’s your own damn fault for starting at part 8.

Yes, Tobin Bell is in this.  Yes, talk of rights and wrongs are involved.  This is still a gruesome morality play and do not forget that.  This still tells a story of people who do not listen to the rules and therefore lose their lives.  Towards the end, the last game of sorts between a man and a woman is terribly predictable, and yet so satisfying.

The characters are not very enjoyable in this one.  I found myself enjoying the redhead, and that was about it, aside from Tobin.  I did love some of the shout outs to previous entries in the film.  Jill Tuck is referenced, and that pleased me.

In the end, I don’t know how well this will be received.  I have an incredibly bias opinion.  I liked it.  It hit more than it missed.  The second half is better than the first due to the storytelling techniques.  All of the callbacks were very satisfying.  By toning down the gore, it allowed us to focus more on the story, and that is where Part 7 had failed us oh so badly.  I know some of you will never truly understand or appreciate the story to this franchise.  Some of you simply don’t get it, and that’s fine.  Just try not to ridicule something that you don’t comprehend.  I am curious if this will be successful enough to get the franchise rolling again.  I would be super happy if it did, but if this is the last bit we get, I am happy to go out on this one because Saw 3D was not a very good film.

I do recommend this to the fans of the franchise.  I would say to anybody else, give it a chance only if you are positive that you will invest the full amount of time to finish the film because the plot requires that.  Right now I feel confident in giving this a 6.5 rating and possibly seeing it again prior to release on blu ray.

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#74 Saw (2004)

The movie that started the best and most predominant horror franchise of the 2000’s. I will not argue this. There are no other franchises out there unless you want to count Paranormal Activity, and who the fuck wants to do that? Some may call this franchise nothing but torture porn. Sorry, you’re an idiot, stop reading this blog, get an education. Some think this is just mindless violence. Sorry, you are uninitiated in horror, move along, study horror and learn the craft. Some think there is no real good story, that is just kill after kill. Really watch the franchise, learn the full story, the story arch, then come back and tell me that there is no story. So if you are one of those people, honestly, just go away and come back when I am in the 80’s.

This movie is by far the toughest to truly blog about. It’s so different from the other ones. This teaches us most of the lesson we will need to fully enjoy the remainder of the series though. And I am going to try writing this in a way where if you haven’t seen others, the blog is somewhat self contained. First of all, while watching this movie, I am talking to a co-worker while watching this, and she asked who was Gordon and who was Lawrence. Clearly she has some names mixed up and dr Lawrence Gordon is in a lot of ways, our lead character in this film, played by the epic Cary Elwes. Monica Potter (Nic Cage’s hot ass wife from Con Air) plays Lawrence’s wife Alison. There’s a guy named Adam who is trapped in the room with Lawrence and a body. Danny Glover is a cop who is chasing down the Jigsaw killer. Dina Meyer (Hot chick that isn’t Denise Richards in Starship Troopers and has that sweet sweet rack) is in this, but she has a bigger role later on in the franchise. Long story short, Lawrence and Adam are chained to the wall in opposite ends of a large run down bathroom/locker room of sorts. They are very suspicious of one another but learn they must work together if they ever hope to get out alive.

Half of the movie is told through flashbacks giving us back story and motive for what lies ahead. We find out nobody here is innocent and everybody has their own motive, including the guy doing this to them, as well as the guy making that guy do his bidding. We get to meet Amanda for the first time who manages to escape her death by doing what was necessary to survive. We will get to know her well as the franchise progresses.

Long story short here, Dr Gordon finds out his wife and daughter are being held hostage of sorts and he needs to escape somehow, which at some point towards the end, he takes a saw to cut off his ankle. I can’t give play by play, but some of the deaths were cool, such as the guy who had to manage his way through the razor wire room. The traps weren’t as important here as they would be in later installments. This was all about a struggle to break out not knowing what was truly happening and constantly being misled.

The ending tweest is the best of the new millennium as far as I am concerned. Name a better one, go ahead, I’m waiting. The reveal of Tobin Bell being alive in that room is truly a mind blowing moment, and I don’t want to hear a bunch of people say that you called it or you knew it. Give me a fucking break. Was it impossible to figure out? No. Just highly unlikely, so stop trying to sound smarter than you are. You’re probably the same mother fucker who knew who Kayser Soze is.

A few things that did bother me is Danny Glover’s ability to survive the throat slicing, once again, it is possible, but not too practical. More annoying though to me though is Lawrence’s ability to climb a ladder with one foot in the state he was in. I just have to call bullshit, but whatever, it’s a movie, one must suspend disbelief. This isn’t a perfect movie, but it did a lot of things great and kept one captivated throughout and set a great tone for a fantastic franchise.

As you know, I have a Jigsaw tattoo, so I’m guessing you are expecting like a 9 or 9.2. Nope, I love the franchise, but I am reasonable. I do love what the purpose is. How far will you go to rectify the wrongs in your life. How much do you truly value life and what lengths would you go to keep on keeping on? What stuck with a life threatening illness and the clock is ticking, so many things become frivolous. As for me, I give this movie an 8. It deserves it.

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