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Jigsaw | 2017 | R | - 2.10.9

The 8th installment of the "Saw" series finds the police investigating a series of elaborate murders with the signature of the Jigsaw killer (Tobin Bell), who was supposed to have been dead for a decade. Also with Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett and Hannah Emily Anderson. Directed by Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man's body left hanging in a park is clad only in briefs and we see his chest and abdomen (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); several male corpses are also shown shirtless. A woman wears a sports bra that reveals cleavage and bare abdomen. A man removes his T-short while in front of a mirror and we see several long scars on his back as we see his bare chest and abdomen reflected in the mirror.
 A man says he cheated on his two wives with other women. A man asks a woman if she is kinky and she replies, "Do you want to be punished?" (S&M suggested). A man asks a woman if she "gets off" on looking at torture devices and she does not reply.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - Two men and two women walk through doors to a barn and stumble over hay bales as the chains at their necks pull them toward gears tightening the chains when a dummy on a large tricycle rides toward them with glowing red eyes and a sign that reads, "Confess," and a taped message tells the people to atone for sins; one woman presses a towel on the other woman's back to help stop profuse blood flow, the gears fall away as we see the chains tightening through the ceiling, a container with three hypodermic syringes lowers and an off-screen voice says that they contain saline, an antidote for poison secretly given to one of the captives, and deadly hydro fluoride acid causing the four people to shout, scream and cry; the chains pull the four people up and strangle them a few feet off the floor until one man grabs all three hypos and stabs them into the neck of one of the women, the collars unlock, the people drop to the floor, coughing and the injected woman convulses and falls to the floor (blood covers her face and shoulders) and we later see her body on an autopsy table and her face and chest have been eaten away by the acid, one side of her face shows the gums and teeth, and the rest of the flesh gone.
 A man in a barn steps through a loose board and a device below the floor captures his lower leg in a system of cutting wires that tighten half a dozen times; he and another man and a woman shout and scream as a voice on a tape recorder tells them to pull a handle underneath the floor, a door opens nearby and the man and the woman enter a silo where they see a video of a masked dummy cackling and telling them to confess sin as the door slams shut and grain begins filling the silo, suspending the man and woman by the neck and shoulders until many sharp implements drop into the grain around them, with long nails puncturing her arm (we see blood flow) and a carving knife sticking into the man's shoulder (we see blood flow) and saw blades fall close to their faces as they scream at the man stuck in the floor to pull the handle and save them and when he pulls the handle we see his leg fly up and onto the floor, cut into three bloody pieces and with bones exposed on the ends; the man and the woman escape the silo and she wraps the stump of the man missing his lower leg as he moans and screams while lying on a hay bale.
 A man is stabbed in the back of the neck with a hypodermic, falls unconscious and awakens in a room in a barn, sitting across from another man both with heavy metal collars equipped with a dozen laser cutting nozzles; the collar lights up with lasers on one man's neck and cuts his neck to pieces with a lot of blood and he falls on his face, then he gets back up (we see his shirt soaked in blood from neck to hemline), he shouts at the other man and the second man's lasers light up and cut through his head (he falls to his knees as the collar comes off, and his head splits open in eight slimy segments like a peeled banana as he falls on his face).
 A man is captured by his ankles with a cable that suspends him over a large funnel-like metal device armed with a rotating blade and the cable lowers the screaming man into the blade and he is chewed up (blood splashes everywhere, including all over a woman).
 A woman is knocked unconscious by a man wearing a pig mask; she awakens to find her leg chained to a wall with a heavy locked shackle and across the room, a man with one leg partially missing and sitting in a pool of blood is also shackled while another man puts a cartridge into a shotgun and places it on a stand in the middle of the room, tells the people it is their key to freedom and leaves as the man and woman argue, and the man falls and crawls and the woman grabs the shotgun and fires at him but it backfires (she falls in a pool of blood with her face and chest covered in blood); the bodies of the man and the woman are found later and they look decayed and charred.
 Two women and three men have heavy chains attached to metal neck collars and heavy metal bucket masks on their heads as the chains pull them toward a wall with whirring chain saw blades as a voice off-screen tells the people to confess sins and sacrifice blood; the people cry and scream, but a woman cuts one hand, another woman cuts her back through her clothing, a man cuts a shoulder, and another man cuts an arm and we see blood soak their clothing and cover their hands, and one man is asleep as he is pulled along the floor to a blade and the scene ends.
 A man drives across police tire spikes and smashes into a cruiser, breaking all the glass in both vehicles with loud shattering; he exits his car and runs to the roof of a warehouse followed by police with guns drawn, and stops on the roof where he yells, "People are gonna die!" and three officers shoot him in the chest; a flashback to the scene shows a sniper across the street shooting him through the back and out the chest as well (we see blood flow).
 A man is shown hanging from a pedestrian bridge across a running path and a woman screams when seeing it and its head is covered with a heavy bucket; the bucket is removed at the morgue and we see that the head has been sliced and shredded (we see a lot of gore, a partial brain and empty lower skull); the neck and throat are slashed and a doctor removes a computer chip from the tissue with forceps.
 A flashback shows two cars crashing head on at night, exploding into smoke and large fireballs with loud explosions and we hear that one driver died. A flashback shows a woman shouting at a crying baby, smothering it to death under a blanket, laying the body in bed next to her husband, and the man rolling over onto it; the camera cuts to two policemen taking him away, then to two hospital orderlies putting him into a wheelchair; another cut goes to his dead body hanging by a length of toweling from the ceiling in a hospital corridor. A flashback shows a motorcyclist unable to stop and being struck by a large truck that pushes him off-screen and we hear that a man sold him the bike, knowing the brakes were bad. A flashback shows a woman knocking down another woman and stealing her purse and the victim becomes motionless, head down on the sidewalk and may be dead. A flashback shows a man mislabeling two head X-rays, which we hear resulted in delayed treatment for a cancer patient.
 Detectives find a secret room in a warehouse loft and enter to find clippings about a serial killer and a man's bloody, sliced corpse falls from the ceiling, hanging by its feet. A man is shown sewing up his back with a large needle and black thread. Police exhume a 10-year-old grave and open the coffin to find a recently dead man inside with blood on his chest. An injured man is seen in a hospital bed with a bloody bandage near his heart. A detective finds a baggie in a freezer that contains four bloody puzzle pieces made of human flesh. A man with an axe and a woman with a handgun look around an old barn and find many blood stains. We hear that animal feces were found in the wounds of a corpse, including cat, dog, and chicken droppings. A technician says that blood found under the fingernails of a corpse matches the DNA of a man that died 10 years ago.
 We hear that a man's wife was murdered five years previously and the killer was not convicted. We hear that a man killed an 8-yesr-old girl. A woman takes a doctor to see her loft studio, which holds a collection of what appear to be torture devices with needles, long sharp pins, and blades; he tells her to get rid of all of it. A flashback shows a man and his wife arguing loudly on their front porch, from the point of view of a neighbor.


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LANGUAGE 9 - About 40 F-words and its derivatives, 16 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, moron, useless, impulsive, selfish, criminal, bastard, murderers, rapists, degenerate gambler, Lollipop, Bucket-head, Houdini), exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Holy [scatological term deleted], Jesus).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see a large bottle of whiskey and a shot glass of whiskey on a bar in front of a woman (she does not drink), and five full whiskey bottles stand at the end of the bar with two half-empty whisky glasses are in front of them. A man smokes a cigarette beside a car, and a woman lights and smokes a cigarette in a warehouse loft.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crime, torture, murder, sin, punishment, revenge, justice, corrupt police officials, serial killers, vigilantes, determination, planning, Iraqi War veterans, mental illnesses.

MESSAGE - Vigilante justice is difficult to control.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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