I’m going along with the crowd today where “Jigsaw” (2017) is concerned; I concur entirely with the other reviews I’ve read. It’s a story fraught with logical problems, but it’s entertaining enough to please fans of the franchise (of whom I am one). Based on my own enjoyment of the movie, I’d rate it an 8 out of 10.
Yes, some of it doesn’t makes sense. And the twists and coincidences seem pretty forced. There was another problem for me, as well — at this point, the writers seem to have run out of ideas for the film series’ trademark moralizing booby traps. (The one involving a grain silo is particularly uninspired, and seems like something out a Bugs Bunny cartoon.)
But what the hell. I’d be lying if I said that this was a movie that didn’t distract and scare me. I think what attracts me to the “Saw” films is not the blood and gore. (Gory horror movies are a dime a dozen.) It’s the character concept behind their brilliant, merciless killer — he’s like a combination of James Moriarty, Rube Goldberg and one of the Inquisitors of old.
Besides, I still like the twists. They may be forced, but they always take me by surprise despite my best efforts to predict them.
And I think every movie is made better by the addition of Callum Keith Rennie. (He’s a shady, grizzled police detective here, though he’s far better than so cliched a role.) I’ve always thought Rennie was terrific — he deserves the lead role in some sort of extremely dark anti-hero film. (Are they remaking 2005’s “Constantine” anytime soon?)