If you’re getting tired watching movies with the same old happy endings or predictable mysteries or round complete endings, let me introduce to some intense, mind tormenting, ghoulish strictly 15plus movie. Why 15 plus? O nothing, just the movie revolves around a serial killer who loves torturing and murdering his victims sadistically with innovative bloody traps which are infamously called the jigsaw traps.
Saw is a brutally grisly unique American horror/thriller franchise created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. It is a series of 9 movies excluding the comics, short films and video games associated with it, the movie’s such a cliché slasher that horror fanatics rewatch and rewatch the series and still never get tired of it because the plot is intense and complex that it takes effort from the viewers to understand the jigsaw plot of the series each movie is connected to the another not sequentially but randomly like a jigsaw puzzle.
The first of the series, “Saw” was released in 2004 by James Wan(Director) and Leigh Whannell(Writer) in U.S. Though the budget for producing this first movie of the series was low it became one of the most profitable horror films since Scream(2009) which paved the way for a line of its sequels for seven straight years from 2004 to 2017.
“Every puzzle has it’s pieces”
The series begins abruptly with nothing making sense for a while, photographer Adam Stanheight and an oncologist Lawrence Gordon are tied up by their ankles to a pipe, a corpse with a revolver in one hand and a cassette on the other lies between them. The men find a tape in their pockets with a custom message for each of them, Adam has to escape Gordon and Gordon has to kill Adam.
Gordon’s family is held at gun point under Zep Hindle, one of Gordon’s patients. Adam and Gordon try cutting through their chains with the hacksaws next to them but fail miserably, Gordon realizes that the saws were for cutting their feet and wouldn’t cut through their chains(weird ik). Gordon recognizes his captor by this stunt as the Jigsaw killer. They both were kidnapped by a pig-masked figure and Adam saw a puppet(the pig mask and the puppet figure are important symbols which keeps recurring at many places in the sequel, it also describes the killer to an extent)before he was kidnapped by the same figure.
Gordon saws off his foot to escape and shoots Adam. Detective Tapp who had been spying around Gordon’s house, suspecting Gordon to be the Jigsaw killer, finds something amiss inside and rescues Gordon’s family from Zep but dies in the fight. Adam kills Zep, while Gordon escapes and promises to bring help for Adam. Adam realizes that Zep was simply a pawn in this whole scene, through a tape in Zep’s pocket. As soon as the tape ended the corpse in the bath tub wakes up and reveals himself as John Kramer, the game master of this gory game and the games that are to come up. He yells ‘Game Over’ before shutting the door leaving a helpless Adam to die.
Saw 2 (2005)
“Oh yes there will be blood”
This time the plot revolves around 8 characters who are stuck up in a house which would become a holocaust room(filling up with nerve gas)in two hours. The game like in the first part is organized by a more sickly(pun intended cos he’s physically sick too)John Kramer, rounded up by two detectives and a sergeant. One of the detectives Eric Mathews’ son is also in the game which Kramer’s watching through a T.V.. Kramer asks Mathews to watch the game with him if he wanted to save his son Daniel. Not having a choice Mathews watches it with him. Meanwhile the detectives try and locate the trap house.
The inmates get killed either by accident or by killing each other to get the antidote. The only ones left are Daniel and Amanda Young(Kramer’s apprentice, to continue his work after he dies). Meanwhile Mathews fearing for his son’s life persuades Kramer to save him, Kramer takes Mathews along with him to the apartment from the first part through a lift on which they were sitting, back to the bathroom from the first movie, here he’s attacked by a pig-masked figure.
The entire game that Kramer and the detectives were watching on the T.V was video taped long back and trapping Mathews was his only goal, killing Daniel wasn’t in his agenda, therefore he delivered him to the other detective and Sergeant. The movie ends with Amanda Young leaving Mathews in the bathroom to die.
“Legends never die”
The movie begins with Detective Mathews escaping from the room.
This part revolves around a grieving father Jeff, whose son was run over by a drunk driver. Amanda Young, Kramer’s apprentice sets up inescapable traps unlike Kramer who lets them live if they pass the tests and escape, but Amanda does not believe in second chances.
This game was for both Jeff and Amanda(who was ignorant that she was also being tested, for her will to let people live)Jeff’s wife Lynn is assigned with the duty to keep Kramer alive(kramer is in his last days, suffering from tumor)until Jeff finishes his game. Her life is linked to Kramer’s life. Jeff tries saving his son’s killers who are also victims in this test but fails miserably. Amanda becomes uncontrollable and jealous when Kramer calls out another woman’s name during his treatment which is hapening simultaneously, she tries killing Lynn.
Jeff finishes the game and kills Amanda for trying to kill his wife. Jeff is given a choice, forgive Kramer or face the consequences(his wife would die and he’d also lose his only way to find his daughter). Driven by impulse he kills Kramer thereby losing his wife and now has to play another game to find his daughter.
Saw 4 (2007)
“It’s a Trap”
The events in Saw 4 seem to be happening simultaneously with Saw 3. The story here revolves around Lieutenant Rigg who has a compulsory savior intuition, which attracts Kramer, who’s dead now yet manipulates his games through an accomplice and recorded tapes(he had hand picked his victims before his death).
Rigg is forced into the game, where 4 people including his wife are trapped but he manages to save just his wife, Morgan. The final trap is set between Eric Mathews and Detective Hoffman, Rigg in an attempt to save the Detective, sets off the tripwire which electrocutes Hoffman and ends Mathews life. Art Blank who watched Rigg’s game is shot by Rigg who assumes him to be Krammer’s accomplice. Hoffman, wakes up unharmed and leaves Rigg to die, revealing that he’s the new apprentice of Kramer.
Saw 5 (2008)
“You Won’t Believe How It Ends”
The main game is between Agent Strahm and Detective Hoffman. Agent Strahm suspects Hoffman to be Kramer’s new accomplice and fishes for evidences that could prove his theory. Meanwhile five others are being tested by Kramer’s accomplice to see if they are worthy to live but invariably fail, save for two individuals.
Hoffman plants evidences against Strahm to pin him as the new apprentice that the detectives are looking for. The final game is between Hoffman and Strahm. Kramer in a recorded note asks Strahm to step inside a box filled with glasses to save himself, Strahm pushes Hoffman into the box thereby failing the test which ends his life.
Saw 6 (2009)
“He Helped Me”
Jill Tuck, Kramer the Jigsaw killer’s wife opens up the box given to her by Kramer before his death. In it are 5 new files for Hoffman with details of new victims whose will are to be tested. Jill hands them over to Hoffman, who sets a series of traps for insurance executive William Easton and his employees.
Meanwhile agents Erickson and Perez who were involved in the fourth part too, started suspecting Hoffman to be Kramer’s new accomplice. As Hoffman oversees Easton’s game, Jill Tuck ambushes him and sets a Jigsaw trap on his head, revealing that there was another envelope which had his name on it. However Hoffman escapes the trap and survives the test.
Saw 7/ Saw 3D: (2010)
“The Final Chapter”
Hoffman escapes from the reverse bear trap(Jigsaw trap)and hunts Jill through the halls of Zoo. Jill soughts the help of Detective Gibson and is protected by him. Another trio is caught up in a trap game, a love triangle where the woman seems to have manipulated the two men for her material needs, the men having to choose between killing the other or killing the girl resorts to kill the girl for using them.
Bobby Dagon a popularity sucker who had been lying about escaping one of Kramer’s traps is set in a game by Hoffman where he fails to save his associates and his wife. Hoffman infiltrates into the department’s protective area and kills Jill. In the end Hoffman is killed by three figures wearing pig masks.
One of the figures behind the mask is Lawrence Gordon from the first movie(seems that Kramer had nursed back Gordon to health and had made him a partner and laying the responsibility of looking after his wife should anything happen to him).
In Jigsaw we get two complete story lines, one is a play area for the players forced to play with their lives and the other line is the police investigating the farmyard slayings. Just like in other movies where people kill each other or dig out their iwn eye, here too dead Kramer has all those traps but also demands for confession of the players.
Each of them are guilty in their own ways and would rather die than confess their sins. At the end of the subplot it’s revealed that the entire game had taken place ten years ago and the video was to lure a crooked detective Halloran into thinking Kramer was alive and this lead him to Lawrence Gordon, Kramer’s apprentice who kills Halloran to avenge for his wife’s death and for being unjust and dishonest.
Though the movies gets a little complex and ghoulish through the sequels they keep the audience’s minds active giving them the task of finding why the murders are happening and are pinched with awe with unexpected plot twists. Generally Jigsaw chooses his victim under these principles, he’s sick of people who are so ungrateful to be alive, people who don’t appreciate their blessings and those who scoff at the suffering of others. A new movie to the sequel, Spiral which was set to be released this 15th of May is postponed and will be released on the 21st of May next year.
Here is a little something which will help you understand the plot more clearly, it helped me, so,