Saw se­quel’s recipe too thin to sus­tain

Piako Post - - OUT & ABOUT -

‘‘Any­one who has seen the pre­vi­ous Saw films will know what to ex­pect.’’

flick Day­break­ers, but sad­dled with some ropey act­ing and pre­dictable plot­ting it feels like some­thing of a wasted ef­fort. Wes Craven’s New Night­mare this ain’t.

It’s now a decade since se­rial vig­i­lante John Kramer’s (Tobin Bell) death. How­ever, when a Ned Kelly-hel­meted body turns up hang­ing in a lo­cal park bear­ing all the hall­marks of his ‘‘Jig­saw Killer’’, po­lice be­gin to sus­pect a copy­cat.

Dark web sites in­di­cate sup­port for his style of jus­tice ex­ists, while in­struc­tions on how to make his trade­mark traps have been cir­cu­lat­ing for years. But with their only wit­ness in a coma, Hal­lo­ran and De­tec­tive Keith Hunt (Cle Ben­nett) must turn to coroners Lo­gan Nel­son (Matt Pass­more) and Eleanore Bon­neville (Han­nah Emily An­der­son) for leads. How­ever, the an­swers they get are cer­tainly not the ones they were ex­pect­ing.

Look, fran­chise fans will no doubt get a kick out of a new crop of Heath Robin­son-es­que tor­ture de­vices and see­ing all the se­ries’ tropes present and cor­rect, but for the rest of us it re­ally is a thin gruel of ghoul­ish en­ter­tain­ment.

Any­one who has seen the pre­vi­ous Saw films will, some­what de­press­ingly, know what to ex­pect.

Dic­ta­phoned mes­sages? Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy be damned. Slid­ing doors a go go? Present and cor­rect. Mar­i­onette on a bi­cy­cle? You betcha.

Nat­u­rally, Jig­saw also boasts Saw’s trade­mark killer twist, but this one feels slightly un­der­cooked and ham­pered by the fact that there re­ally are only so many char­ac­ters in our story. In the end, it all just feels like a par­tic­u­larly nasty episode of Law& Or­der or CSI. – James Croot

Any­one who has seen any of the pre­vi­ous Saw films will, some­what de­press­ingly, know what to ex­pect from Jig­saw.

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