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Saw IV

  • Action
  • Crime/detective
  • 2007
  • Darren Lynn Bousman
  • 91 mins
  • 18

Summary

Horror thriller starring Tobin Bell. Demented killer Jigsaw continues his twisted games from beyond the grave when a micro cassette discovered in his stomach during the autopsy leads a detective into a desperate race against time.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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JigsawTobin Bell
HoffmanCostas Mandylor
Agent StrahmScott Patterson
JillBetsy Russell
RiggLyriq Bent
ArtJustin Louis
Eric MatthewsDonnie Wahlberg
JeffAngus MacFadyen
AmandaShawnee Smith
BrendaSarain Boylan

Crew

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DirectorDarren Lynn Bousman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lions Gate UK Ltd
Released on
2007-10-26
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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