Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to ... See full summary »
Darren Lynn Bousman
Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.
Following Jigsaw's grisly demise, Mark Hoffman, the final apprentice to the serial killer is deigned a hero. Meanwhile, Agent Strahm continues to track Hoffman while another group of strangers are put through a series of gruesome traps.
With a dead body laying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.
When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of a traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Or perhaps they are not random at all; the last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey. The assignment consumes him. His past mistakes haunt him. His head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer. The case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok, who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan. O'Ryan clearly has a connection to ... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
As Agent Mackelway follows the patient that asked him about the 50-foot fish, he, Mackelway, puts some paper into his left jacket pocket. When the shot changes, he's holding the paper in his right hand. At the next shot, the paper is gone. See more »
I know what you're thinking. "Pain is coming. Will I take it like a man?" Well, let me put you at ease. You won't. None of them do. Men, women, children, they all weep, they all beg, they piss themselves, they attempt negotiation. You wouldn't believe how many men I've seen lying right where you're lying right now, grown men with wives amd children at home, offering all kinds of sexual gratification for a five-minute reprieve. It's pathetic!
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The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more »
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I thought the pacing was great. A slightly (expected) corny Hollywood ending, but don't let that get you down.
Comparisons with Seven and the Silence of the Lambs franchise are correct. Also reminded me rather of "The Ring" (US version) in its photography and "flashback"/recollection sequences. Ben Kingsley is excellent as the tortured and almost demonic shadow - delighted to see him finding darker roles at last (Sexy Beast, House of Sand & Fog). Didn't like the FBI characters too much, but overall I thought it was a gripping and well above average attempt at the well-worn serial killer theme. Is Zak Penn related to Sean Penn?? Sorry to be idiotic....
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