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Why Jigsaw is Basically Saw VIII

Spoiler Alert: Enter at your own risk. But if you're curious, read on.

By The Writing CasperPublished 4 years ago 4 min read
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As someone who is an avid fan of the horror genre, I love to be entertained by the suspense in the story-line of a film. It has to be one where my eyes are glued to the screen as I sit in a trance anticipating what will happen next.

Although Jigsaw may appear to be a doll/puppet, he's far more than just an odd item which sits on a surface for show. If anything, he takes on a life of his very own and is as diabolical as any other well-known evil character. Especially since he's the doll/puppet version of his human creator.

There is nothing different about Jigsaw in his self-entitled film. He's the same since the first Saw film. Same voice, same mannerisms, and same sadistic mind. As diminutive as he is, he's still creepy and nothing short of possessed.

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So here are a few reasons why this is a recycled continuation and really doesn't set itself apart in the franchise:

John Kramer Makes An Appearance in a Flashback Sequence

In Saw III, John Kramer (portrayed by Tobin Bell) passed away after a long bout with a terminal illness. Considering he's the creator of Jigsaw, it isn't far-fetched that the writers had to find a way to involve him. There is no sign he was ever dead and he seems to be as healthy as a horse.

But in reality, Tobin reprises the role in a sense of the past. No, his character hasn't been magically resurrected. He's only there as a figure of Logan's revelation of his past connection to him. As a mentor, he showed Logan the ropes and assured him that he can accomplish the revenge which he is set on.

Tobin Bell as John Kramer

More Traps

Isolation is Jigsaw's running theme and has been since his introduction. The strategy which he uses to keep his "victims" in a certain place with no way out is what he thrives on. As brutal as his methods can be, somehow, he hasn't run out of them and continues to use them based on the transgressions of his "victims". Whether those transgressions be crimes which were committed against other individuals, or even a drug addiction, they are a form ammo for him to inflict the worst pain possible and then finish them off.

How someone could have the capacity to think of such outrageous methods is probably beyond understanding. Those methods are part of what makes the franchise what it is, but they're also repetitive.

A "victim" caught in a trap with a minimum amount of time to escape.

Yet Another Conspiracy Reveal

A protagonist is crucial to prevail against an antagonist.

Logan Nelson (portrayed by Matt Passmore, "The Glades") presents himself as one who is who is trying to capture a killer. His determination and curiosity are definitely convincing; so much that it's natural for the viewer to root for him as "The Good Guy".

The catch is that he worked with John to get revenge on the man (later revealed to be Detective Halloran) who is responsible for the loss of many lives. Including his deceased wife. He's a pawn in John's game of manipulation. John exhibited sympathy, but that was simply another opportunity to do away with someone, who he viewed as deserving of the torture, through Logan.

At that point, Logan was so grief-stricken that he was desperate to feel a sense of satisfaction in knowing Detective Halloran would meet his own death. But he wanted to make sure it happened in the most vile, gory way. It was quite natural considering who he turned to for help. Also, it isn't surprising at all because it's no-holds-barred when planning mayhem.

Matt Passmore as Logan Nelson

The Domino Effect

Because if all of the "victims" were killed as a group there wouldn't be a story-line.

One by one, they all fall down. This is to instill fear into the remaining "victims" as they witness the first kill with their own eyes only a few feet in distance. They know the same fate is coming for them as well. So they panic. Suddenly, they're either chained, bound, or restrained in some way, shape, or form before they can even begin to attempt to escape isolation.

Jigsaw's "victims" who were kidnapped and then thrown into a dungeon-like hole.

Jigsaw is Still a Game-Player

Keep in mind that Jigsaw's ploy in wanting to play a game with his "victims" is based on his intention to lure them to their deaths. This isn't Monopoly nor Trivial Pursuit, but rather a deadly game where all the of contestants will lose despite how much think they can outsmart him.

This is Jigsaw's signature; so its inclusion is to be expected. But seriously, it loses it's momentum along with the anticipation. When eyes begin to roll, that is an indication it's overused.

The infamous phrase which is the start of it all.

Clueless Detective Attempts to Be the Hero

Like the detectives before him (including Eric Matthews--portrayed by Donnie Wahlberg, "Blue Bloods"--who was killed in Saw V), Keith Hunt (portrayed by Clé Bennett, "Heroes Reborn") is determined to catch the killer who has been running rampant through the city. He questions Logan. Little does he know what he's in for and the terror behind the blood-bath. He starts off curious but as he immerses himself into the case, the more vulnerable he becomes. Especially since he continues to talk to Logan who engages him with a straight face despite having been John's protégé.

Keith is dealing with a different type of killer who he truly can't handle alone or if at all. Despite his display of fearlessness, he isn't cautious. Of all of the questions he asks, he truly doesn't solve anything nor does he get anything done.

Toward the end of the film, Keith vanishes and is never heard nor seen again. Was he murdered? Did he get lost while searching for his rogue detective partner Halloran? Who knows. He appears in a good chunk of the film and then he's gone. Just like Matthews (before his death that is).

Clé Bennett as Detective Keith Hunt

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Verdict:

The film isn't terrible, but the writers were better off simply pushing it as the 8th installment of the Saw franchise (as in Saw VIII). It would've made far more sense. Even while having ignored the wide gap between this film and the final chapter of Saw. Honestly, this is a revival yet under a different title while it contains the same formula. But for those who love anything which the franchise will offer, even if it remains the same forever, most likely, they'll enjoy it.

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