Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Cast: Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell,
Costas Mandylor, Lyriq Bent, Athena Karkanis, Justin Louis,
Simon Reynolds, Mike Realba, Marty Adams
1 hr 35 mins
Released By: Shaw
Official Website: www.saw4.com
Opening Day: 8 November 2007
Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead.
upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI
profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified
community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting
through Jigsaw's latest grizzly remains and piecing together
the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted
and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw
has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps
and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.
Short Movie Review:
it a good idea to continue the Saw franchise after the third
installment as the title character is dead and it had nicely
wrapped up the intelligent gory filled trilogy? What Saw 4
had revealed was that this series had barely scratched the
surface of the Jigsaw’s legacy and there are so much
shocking revelation, interconnection and Jigsaw’s ideology
At the end of Saw 3, it really sounded like a bad idea when
Lionsgate announced there will be Saw 4 when the title character
literally had his head sawed off. Somehow, it will not be
a Saw movie if Jigsaw / John is not in it and any cheesy attempt
to resurrect this character would be just an cheap attempt
in milking the cash cow dry.
exceeding expectation, Saw 4 revealed that they had a few
trump cards of their own to see to it that this franchise
has enough materials to probably last till the seventh installment
while staying true to essence of Jigsaw.
it had a yearly production dateline, it was amazing to discover
how much intricate details and seeds were strategically planted
in the series all along. These “blink and you’ll
missed” moments in the first three Saw movies are like
the aces in the film makers’ sleeves that are slowing
being pulled out to reveal their winning hand in this franchise.
the tape that Jigsaw pour liquid on during his last moments
alive in Saw 3? Or the lady that appeared in Jigsaw’s
dream? There are plenty of such minor events that went on
before, which are being expanded in Saw 4 to explain more
on the Saw series mythos. Even characters that played the
deadly game in Saw 2 had a cameo here to help viewers understand
why they were selected, giving Saw 4, the interconnectivity
that branches both to the past movies and presenting a new
possibilities for this series to branch forward to.
brilliant connectivity aside, Saw 4 also continues exploring
the ideology behind Jigsaw’s seemly cruel and gruesome
acts of torture. While there was a review that mention this
movie is spoiling the mystical aura of Jigsaw by revealing
too much of his methods and philosophy, I felt that the film
makers gave just enough to keep the fans hungry for more insight
on Jigsaw’s principles and most importantly, it stayed
true to the Jigsaw’s characteristic and rather twisted
views on good and evil. Instead of destroying the character,
it actually builds the character up with more intriguing venues
to explore (which I am sure will be carried in future episodes).
Jigsaw’s game seems to be unnecessary horrifying inhumane
and his actions deplorable to most, this movie attempts to
sway those “torture porn fanatic” viewers to see
the reasons behind his actions. It’s going to be a hard
sell but it’s rewarding to those who buy his idea. In
a twisted sort of way, his terrifying acts could be seen as
vigilante’s acts against apathy and wickedness and not
some mindless crazy killer who is out for gore, sex and blood.
but not least, another plus point that Saw had over other
horror franchise is that the dead stays dead. It might sound
like a small deal but there are just countless of horror franchise
that lazily brought their title character back from it’s
apparent doom just in order to milk more money out of it.
Those careless manners of handing of the character would effectively
destroy any vulnerability that the character might have which
could used to build creditability.
are no cheesy attempts at supernatural resurrection or any
resurrection at all. It’s all in the darkest corner
of the human’s mind could achieve and this mastermind
definitely played his game well to leave a lasting impression.
forth to a new and exciting ventures for the Saw franchise)
Richard Lim Jr