Entertainment Hive 2020


Review by Honey B

Director:  Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Cast: Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Hannah Emily Anderson Plot: After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement find 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? Verdict: What better way to celebrate Halloween week than at a screening of Jigsaw, the eighth instalment in the cult horror film franchise. The twisted flick stays true to its fan base with plenty of old school buzz saw scares and mind-bending elaborate traps. From 2004 to 2010 Saw was a Halloween weekend ritual and it’s a thrill to see this franchise resurrected to scare a new generation. And the scares are pretty fun with plenty of re-purposed bits of old machines, razor wire, buckets, motorbikes, pitch forks which are turned into amazing killing machines – save for a bit of laser action which was very cool. But the question is, who has made these traps and who is running this new game? Last we saw Jigsaw/John Kramer (Tobin Bell) his brain was being dissected, however all of the clues are pointing to Kramer as being the killer. Trying to fit the pieces of this puzzle together are a new team of detectives including dodgy homicide detective Halloran (Callum Keith Rennie), traumatised war veteran turned medical examiner Logan Nelson (Matt Passmore) and the overly-excited medical examiner’s assistant (Hannah Emily Anderson). With bodies popping up all over the city these guys have their work cut out. Anderson has some fun in her role as she gets right into the whole Jigsaw scenario, while Rennie is just a bad cop who would make for good Jigsaw fodder. As for the victims fighting for their lives in the game, Laura Vandervoort makes the best of many bad situations. However it’s Tobin Bell as Jigsaw/John Kramer everyone wants to see and hear and he doesn’t disappoint with his raspy, distinctive voice and high moral code. Kudos must go to the directors and writers for playing the game faithfully. Guilty secrets and a killer game make for some intense viewing. Game on!  (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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