SAW was one of the most disturbing and horrific horror franchises to debut in the 2000s. For a decade the film and its sequels had a strangle hold on the month of October introducing new gruesome traps to bloodthirsty gore hounds looking for a good scare. But then the saga ended.
Now comedian/actor Chris Rock has resurrected the franchise in a new and fresh way. With a story that taps into news headlines of today regarding police brutality, Spiral spins a story of a crooked police department running afoul of a disciple of the now infamous Jigsaw killer.
Despite being viewed as a soft reboot, Spiral is the ninth film in the SAW franchise. The film stars the aforementioned Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson, and follows police efforts to stop a Jigsaw copycat killer. It is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (his fourth of the series) and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, while original creators of the series, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, serve as executive producers alongside Rock.
The film does a good job inviting new fans to the franchise with its intriguing and thrilling murder mystery and manages to please long time SAW fans with nods to the first 8 films and new terrifying traps.
The idea of having the copycat killer kill cops bleeds over into the real life headlines of police corruption and brutality of today. The film doesn’t try to get too much political beyond that but does in the end give our new antagonist a clear motive.
Speaking of the new antagonist, Max Minghella, who plays Detective William Schenk aka, the new Jigsaw, is fantastic in the role. He gives off strong Michael C. Hall/Dexter vibes as a villain you can sympathize with and to a certain extend, agree with in his cause. And those are the most dangerous villains of all. Despite being the mastermind behind this, Schenk’s traps aren’t as elaborate as Jigsaw’s. And I kind of like that. Schenk just kind of repurposes certain machines to carry out his gruesome games. But just like Jigsaw, he always gives his victims a chance to escape, with a catch.
Chris Rock as Detective Zeke Banks brings some new comedic energy to the otherwise straight forward bloody SAW franchise. Some of his one liners are hilarious and his whole opening scene talking about Forest Gump will leave you laughing out loud.
In conclusion, Spiral doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it doesn’t need to. It continues the legacy of SAW by treating fans to one of the best SAW films in the franchise.
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Spiral From The Book of SAW will blow your mind!