Saw IV (2007)

This is the last Saw film that Darren Lynn Bousman would direct. Where would they go after killing everyone off in the last one? This time, Jigsaw’s tapes have survived past his death as he tries to teach another lesson.

You should never do what I have done. That is, watch all eight Saw movies in one day.

This is the first Saw film written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who would also write the next three sequels. They never knew that there was a “Saw Bible” with rules they should have followed. The producers still liked their work, however.

Officer Daniel Rigg being put through a series of tests, as Jigsaw believes that he needs to let go of his obsession with trying to save people. Along the way, we run into people from the other films, like a returning Donnie Wahlberg as Detective Eric Matthews, Angus Macfadyen as Jeff, Shawnee Smith as Amanda and Bahar Soomekh as Lynn Denlon.

Yes, nearly all of them have been killed before, but this is a side story, I guess, so that we can keep the Saw story going. Obviously, there are those obsessed with these films and their minutiae and who am I to say that they can’t enjoy these films? To me, they all look, feel, sound and play out exactly to the same to the point that I can’t remember which is which.

This one does introduce Jigsaw’s ex-wife Jill Tuck (Betsy Russell), who lost their child when an addict hit her with a door, which drove him insane and ruined their marriage. You can also get to see him taken apart on a coroner’s table, so maybe don’t eat popcorn during this.

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