Saw IV

Saw IV

Darren Lynn Bousman (2007)

91min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The fourth film in the Saw franchise opens with the body of sadistic serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) being ghoulishly eviscerated on a mortuary slab. He may be dead but the game isn't over: a tape-recorded message found in his stomach draws Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and SWAT Commander Rigg (Lyriq Bent) into a fiendishly convoluted race to save yet more torture victims. Rejuvenating the series after the lacklustre Saw III, this makes the most of grandstanding villain Jigsaw; despite being killed off in the previous instalment, the rasping and icily emotionless Bell casts a sinister shadow over the proceedings as the character's origins are revealed in labyrinthine flashbacks. It's Grand Guignol splatter that's awash with viscera and chock full of baroque torture machines that wouldn't look out of place in a medieval castle. Yet the real horror lies in the film-makers' nihilistic take on human frailty and their apparent sympathy for Jigsaw's reactionary moralism. Scary.

Summary

Sadistic murderer Jigsaw is dead, but an autopsy on his body uncovers evidence that his twisted games are far from over. A pair of FBI agents become convinced Jigsaw had an accomplice, who is picking up where he left off. Meanwhile, their investigation leads to the killer's ex-wife, who recounts the events that turned her husband into a monster. Horror sequel, with Costas Mandylor and Athena Karkanis.

Cast & Crew

Hoffman Costas Mandylor
Agent Perez Athena Karkanis
Agent Strahm Scott Patterson
Jigsaw/John Tobin Bell
Jill Betsy Russell
Rigg Lyriq Bent
Art Justin Louis
Eric Mathews Donnie Wahlberg
Director Darren Lynn Bousman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Lions Gate UK LtdGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Oct 2007
Drama