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Jigsaw (2017)

Jigsaw (2017)

The SAW series is back! Now with a new, improved, lengthier franchise title.

I never was that into the old franchise, but I marathoned my way through it anyway. I probably watched it more for shock value than anything else. What's that Rob Zombie sample at the start of his one track: Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead? No I'm thinking of someone else... someone who said something about why gore and exploitation movies manage to grab your attention so easily, even though you realize there's an inherent lack of any possible gain you can get from watching them other than the thrill of the moment, and possibly over time: whatever unwanted stuff they do to your mind.

Whatever that lure though: this movie's got it. It's the trademark gore and torture disguised as a clever thriller, again; a psychotic game of survival excused by the wrongdoings of said participants. So pointless. So violent. Still... fascinating. Human life. And despair. And death.

Is this maybe my most morbid-sounding review yet? There's something about these movies that's just inherently depressing, and it's not only that the characters are a bit one-dimensional, the sense of desperation not as prevalent as it could be. and the sense of a finite storyline missing entirely (they make it feel like these sequels might go on forever). It does have a bit more clever plot progression than most movies of the sort, and the special effects/props are flawless, so there is that. You probably won't predict the ending either, and in a way it's like detective fiction more than thriller, or horror. Or simply: a different kind of hybrid.

If you've seen the earlier SAW movies you'll know the style though. Expect a few more creatively morbid devices, a dance of death, desperation, the trademark narrative, and detective work running alongside it. A test of time, wits, and perseverance - with a real flange for the grotesque.

It's a bloody mess. Same game; new guests.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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