"My work will continue"....
Raul Duke | Pittsburgh | 01/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I could always sympathize with John Kramer(jigsaw) on some level because i watched my mother die from cancer. he has easily become my favorite character in the genre. seeing this installment just shows even more, the man was a genius. twisted as he may have been.
this movie focuses on the events in the aftermath of Saw III and Jigsaw's past. We see more of what drove him to the point he was at, and we get to see his first game.
the main storyline is about Detective Riggs trying to find Detective Matthews from Saw II. its now been 6 months since his disappearance. i dont want to give anymore info away, b/c realization is half the fun with this series. ill just say it goes back and forth between Riggs situation and looks into Jigsaw's past.
The overall story is by far the most interesting in my opinion, even if only for the better look into John's past. not that the rest of the movie falls short, this is possibly the most engaging in the series. the traps are very clever, and in a case or two the pons really seem to deserve their fates.
i dont know how they'll keep the series going after this entry. Tobin Bell(Jigsaw) is the face of this series and a future horror icon. excellent movie."
Awesome addition to the series
A. Pronti | buffalo NY | 12/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"SAW IV was a great addition to an already amazing series. it fits in nicely with the rest of the series and adds a whole new story line... this new story line (which i wont say) is revealed at the end and was very unexpected. i was shocked that they were able to come up with such a great twist.. the plot may be confusing to some but true saw fans will understand. this is deff a movie that you need to see more then once take in all the info given
the plot of saw 4 has Rigg(saw 2 & 3) as the main character. Rigg wakes up to a tape and instructions from jigsaw. Rigg is forced to get over his obcession with trying to save everyone. he must learn to let people make their own decisions and save themselves.
the traps are very interesting and gruesome. Jigsaw's life is also explained more in this film. we learn his past and why he became what he did.. we also see his first trap.
everyone should see this movie and add it to their saw movie collection"
A "Cut" Above the Other Saw Movies
Jeffrey T. Munson | Dixon, IL | 01/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even death can't stop Jigsaw, once again played marvelously by Tobin Bell, from another killing spree.
This time, the focus is on Sgt. Rigg (Lyriq Bent). Rigg originally appeared in Saw II. All of the partners he's worked with have died at the hands of Jigsaw, except for Detective Matthems (Donnie Wahlberg). Matthews has somehow managed to survive for 6 months, but his life literally hangs in the balance. Rigg is captured and forced to endure one of Jigsaw's puzzles in order to be able to save Matthews. Also captured is Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). His fate is tied to that of Matthews. If Matthews dies, so will Hoffman. Rigg has 90 minutes to locate Matthews, but along the way, he's forced to deal with the challenges set in place for him. Each involves a choice; Rigg can stay and help, but use valuable time, or he can simply ignore the victim and move on. What will he choose? Will he reach Matthews before its too late?
I've seen the previous three Saw films, and this one is better than those. One part I especially liked about this move was the look back into Jigsaw's life when he was simply John Kramer. John had to deal with many problems in his life, including the loss of his unborn child. This single event is what sent John over the edge. I also liked how the characters from the previous films were brought back together in this movie. The ending is the best part of the movie, as many people competing to overcome their own series of traps meet in an explosive climax. Many questions are answered at the end of the movie.
I give this fine suspenseful movie my highest recommendation. The Saw series has become one of my favorites, and the movies keep getting better and better. I can only hope that the director will somehow find a way to keep Jigsaw around for part 5. Don't miss this great movie."
AS FORTH INSTALLMENTS GO..... SAW IV IS NOT BAD!
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 03/25/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"OK, I'm a sucker for watching scumbags getting their due and 'Saw IV' delivers a very fast paced crime drama with plenty of blood and gore. The folks cranking out these movies know a couple of things that work.
2)Keep the films short!
3)Hire decent actors
I must admit I wasn't expecting much from a 4th installment in the series, but it did hold my interest and I found the tension pretty high. If I had one problem with the film, it would be the ending. I just wasn't too clear on what I had witnessed. I'm not saying I don't get it, but I would have liked it to be as clear as the rest of the film. I thought it was clever to do a film about events that were happening at the same time as another film in the series. So I'm not really sure if this could be considered a true sequel? If your a fan of the series, 'Saw IV' doesn't really disappoint."