Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bookmonkey Saw: Day 14

Saw IV

Okay, I'm trying to stay away from spoilers, but honestly I can't really talk about this film without giving away a big one.


In Saw III, the Jigsaw Killer is killed - he is very, very dead, and as these films involve human killers rather than monsters, he is not coming back.

But he did have a plan for just that occurrence.

In fact, the overall story of Saw IV really focuses on just how clever the Jigsaw killer was to put together a very complex plan that would be carried out after his death.

Interestingly, later that year (2007) a romance film called P.S. I Love You uses a very similar plot, in which a recently widowed woman finds that her loving husband left behind a complicated set of events aimed to help her in the bereavement process and get her life back on track.

So the fourth film in the series focuses, once again on a victim chosen to be tested by the killer and to either witness, help or prevent the deaths of a bunch of other people.  Taking a quick look at the special features on the DVD, almost all of them revolve around descriptions of how the fatal traps these victims find themselves in would work.

A quick side note on Saw fanfiction - there is a lot (check here).  Considering how lacking the films are in story, most of the fanfiction I looked over is either simple descriptions of torture, or ways in which the narrator are offered the chance to work with the Jigsaw killer as an apprentice (to be fair, the killer is the only fully developed character in the series up to the fourth film), with many adult-themed stories peppered through as well.

In the end, Saw IV (still being filmed in Canada, by the way), is pretty identical to the previous film - there is some play involving flashbacks, but in the end, I can't say whether it is better or worse than Saw II or Saw III.

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