Following Jigsaw's grisly demise, Mark Hoffman is commended as a hero, but Agent Strahm is suspicious, and delves into Hoffman's past. Meanwhile, another group of people are put through a series of gruesome tests.
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.
Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for over 10 years.
Callum Keith Rennie
When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.
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 assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.Written by
Darren Lynn Bousman was originally not interested in directing the fourth installment in the "Saw" series, but the producers persuaded him to read the script anyway. Bousman decided to take the directional duties when a plot twist in the script took him completely by surprise, something he thought impossible after being involved in the "Saw" series for three years. See more »
(at around 3 mins) During the autopsy, when the brain is taken out of the skull, it is not attached to the brain stem and spinal cord; it is loose in the skull. in reality, lots of dissections are needed for it to be done. See more »
Subject's name is John Kramer. 52 year old male; Caucasian. He's seen better days.
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There is an unrated director's cut available (known as the Extreme Edition in other countries), which restores - amongst other footage - violence cut for the 'R' rating. See more »
Every long-running horror series has to have its nadir, and for the SAW films it's this muddled installment. It didn't strike me as a total disaster this time though, as compared to when I first saw it at the theater (I rated it a total BOMB at that time). I think it helps to see this right after the first three rather than cold on its own, but even being somewhat familiar with the characters and scenarios set up in the storyline so far, many people are still bound to get lost and mixed up. Director Darren Lynn Bousam at this point established himself as the go-to guy for this franchise (he also directed parts II and III, each diminishing quality) but this time the dizzying camera-work and bouncing around from flashback to flashback take on new heights of tedium.
Tobin Bell (as the now-definitely-deceased John Kramer, aka Jigsaw) returns via numerous insights back into his past life, but there is getting to be less interest in what made him the angel of death he is, since we've already learned enough of that in the previous films. We're introduced to his ex-wife (Betsy Ross) and there are some new angles toyed with amidst the confusion, but the best thing that may be said for this sequel, for those who would look at it this way, is that the gory death traps which are the main staple of this series are still potent. *1/2 out of ****
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