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By James Whittington, Monday 29th January 2018
Jigsaw - 4K UHD
Just when you thought that good old John Kramer was dead and gone along comes another movie where the gruesome games are about to begin again.
Please note this review does contain spoilers, read with caution.
After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement finds themselves chasing the ghost of a man, dead for over a decade and embroiled in a new game that's only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of their own?
Jigsaw (or Saw 8 to many people) doesn't exactly reboot the series but decides to take it to places we didn't know existed before. The movie is tamer than most of the others, instead ploughing a lot more time into plot and character development. This change of course pays off, so the film feels like a Saw movie without exactly following the same predictable path. This is probably due to the quality casting. Tobin Bell is involved as you might have expected but it's the newbies that shine here like a finely polished hack saw. Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Laura Vandervoort, Hannah Emily Anderson and especially Brittany Allen pitch their roles superbly and though it has more than its fair share of luck (or unlucky) coincidences the film you still go along with it.
The traps aren't as complicated, instead getting straight to the point instead of trying to build up the tension. As I've said it's not as gory as the others but what gore it does contains is incredibly well realised. Some are truly "watching through fingers" moments and the new "Spiral" trap is up there with the other classics such as the "Angel wings" trap.
The 4K edition that I saw is a thing of brutal beauty. The depth in each scene can be appreciated, as can the detail on each of Jigsaw's maniacal pieces of equipment. The sound mix is balanced with plenty going on in the surround speakers, but the dialogue remains nice and clear. Though its not dripping in extras the two behind the scenes pieces are worth checking as is the commentary.
Lionsgate UK will unleash Jigsaw on Digital Download February 19th and onto DVD, Blu-ray, 4k, Steelbook and Box-set on 26th February.
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