For some reason I have sat through all seven of the previous Saw films. The first one was something new and different. It was gory but more importantly shocking. It was a type of film genre that hasn’t really been expanded upon, and the efforts toward those type of films has never been critically embraced. As much as I don’t like those type of films, I still liked it. The second one I didn’t hate, but I was a little surprised that they could stretch out the concept.
As the number after Saw increased, so did my disappointment. I was getting really sick of these films, and the genre in particular. Films were trying to bank off the success of the gory/shocking factor and forgot all about being interesting. Sometime around Saw 4 or 5 I was in a rut. I thought it was getting worse and worse, and the consistently complicated plots really frustrated me.
I was really bugged as well when the Saw films started not taking into consideration the concept of forgiveness and redemption. No longer were bad people put into situations where they could redeem themselves, instead they were responsible for saving their innocent counterparts or attempting to escape from traps designed so no one could escape.
This new Saw film…is just terrible. Not just terrible though, just awful. It was garbage, genuinely one of (if not THE) worst films I’ve ever seen. Even typical “bad” films have nothing on this film. I hated it with every fibre of my being. There are so many things about this film that I didn’t like, it’s hard for me to write a review.
Let’s start with the intro - two men are on either side of a table saw, above them a woman in hardly any clothing at all is attached to a table facing the saw and alerts the audience that she has been sleeping with/cheating on both men without their knowledge. The object - for either man to kill each other to spare the life of the lowering love interest, or just kill the love interest and save themselves. The twist? They’re inside a glass display box that allow people walking by in the street to stop and stare. By the time fifty or sixty people show up (in ten seconds), no one is calling for the cops. People are just standing and watching. The quality of the acting, the plot, and even the camera quality was just terrible.
It just gets worse and worse, I actually thought the intro was a joke - I thought the film had gone the route of Scream and was parodying the concept itself. It wasn’t. It was awful.
Writing about this actually infuriates me. I’m sorry for everyone who watches this film, I hope it’s over. I hope I never have to see another ad for a Saw film. I’m not even providing an Amazon link in this because I don’t want it showing up on my rep for my Associates program. Don’t watch it.