Criminal Edgar Munsen (Josiah Black) is being chased by the police, and winds up cornered on a rooftop. He holds a device with a button on it, calling for police detective Halloran (Callum Keith Rennie). He informs him that if he doesn’t press the button he’ll die, but in doing so it’ll start another one of John Kramer’s (Tobin Bell) games — even though John Kramer is supposedly dead. The police shoot at the device, but Munsen still pressed the button as one bullet ends up hitting him. Next we cut to the game beginning, with five strangers with buckets on their heads chained to the wall that has a bunch of spinning blades on it that their chains are pulling them closer and closer too. They figure out how to win the game, and four of them advance to the next room: a white punk Carly (Brittany Allen), a sleazy white loudmouth Ryan (Paul Braunstein), a young good-looking black guy Mitch (Mandela Van Peebles), and the smart, white chick Anna (Laura Vandervoort), who solved the first game — all with sinful pasts that lead them here. Meanwhile, Halloran and his partner, Keith (Clé Bennett), go to the morgue where the pathologists Logan (Matt Passmore) and Eleanor (Hannah Emily Anderson) discover a flash drive under a jigsaw brand on the body. It’s the voice of Kramer — is Kramer really alive, and who will survive his game this time?
The Saw franchise has never really appealed to me as its more torture-porn than actual horror with the appeal being the gory over the suspense. The “games” in which the victims die are also insanely over-the-top and in no way realistic that a serial killer would be able to set it all up. Jigsaw is no different, and rarely provides any actual scares; the most suspense it has are when its on a victim seconds before they die. The torture games themselves aren’t even interesting, especially the second one where the victim needs to choose the correct needle with an antidote in it. The twist ending would have been more impressive had it not taken them the last ten minutes or so of the movie to fully explain. All this makes the 90-minute movie feel even longer, like they’re torturing the audience. Bottomline, if you’re not a fan of the Saw movies Jigsaw won’t convert you, and even if you are a fan, you might be less than impressed with this one.