Movie Review: SAW 4

The following movie review is from Zach Lawrence:

Saw 4Semi SPOILER ALERT!! If you’ve seen Saw 1, 2, or 3, then you’ve probably seen Saw 4. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. With every new Halloween upon us, SAW has become a yearly tradition, a tradition we’ve had forced upon us. And with 5 and 6 on the horizon, you know you’ll shell out the inflating ticket cost in the years to come.

So we begin with literally the most graphic gore seen I’ve ever been privy to. And while I love all that real life autopsy junk, I found this to be rough. I ended up watching the audience as much, covering their faces collectively respectively. So we have a group of throwaway actors on the trail of the already dead Jigsaw, even though his games have just begun. We’re dragged along the ragged journey of the torture location savvy police tests and trust games that we are all too familiar with. But the payouts in gore are well received, and always innovative.

Now is when they lose the audience. Now it is time for the, been there done that vibe that seems to linger just a tad longer then we want, and we are thrust into that, “just let us know who the fuck the new killer is this time” feeling. Donnie Walhberg returns all too briefly for a very unsatisfying appearance. And he is the only real name this movie has going for it now, besides the new Robert Englund of the next generation, Tobin Bell.

This movie is good Halloween fodder that is supposed to be seasonal, and with its release we have the expectation of next year’s contribution, and that’s what its good for. I don’t “Dare You To See It”, but rather give you the appropriate information that this movie isn’t great. But it is “Saw” great. So if you want to be moved, go see Gone Baby Gone (Terrific), if you want Halloweeny goodness just for shits and giggles, (Cliché’ approaching) See Saw 4.

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Lionsgate is running a SAW marathon in some cities on October 25th starting at 6:00pm. So if you want to see the whole Jigsaw series from the beginning, this may be your chance. I’m not sure exactly how this will be run, if there will be a break or intermission (I assume that will be the case), but it seems like a great idea. And SAW 4 will be shown at midnight, how great is that? I wish more movie franchises would do something like this.

When I met with Steven Spielberg last week, he was asked about the possibility of seeing the originally Indy trilogy on the big screen prior to Crystal Skull. And while, he wasn’t totally against the idea (he seemed excited about the possibility for  a few seconds), he said he is concerned that a large scale rerelease would take the event type feeling away from the fourth film. He was worried that if people could go to the theater to see Indy on the big screen, Crystal Skull wouldn’t be as special.  While I agree, I think Lionsgate is handling it right.

You buy one extremely overpriced ticket for the night before at 6:00pm, and get to watch the trilogy back-to-back. And then at midnight, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I think if you did this in every major city, you could pack at least one theater for the whole eight hour marathon.

You can check your local area for SAW Marathon tickets on Fandango.com.

Two New Saw 4 Photos, One MAJOR Spoiler

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Our friends at MoviesOnline.ca have posted a couple new photos from SAW 4. One of which is a HUGE spoiler, so don’t continue after the jump if you don’t want to know.
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SAW 4 Teaser: Jigsaw’s Autopsy

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Lionsgate has released a new teaser trailer for SAW 4 which features a VERY gory autopsy of Jigsaw. I’m still not really looking forward to this one, but I must admit that the autopsy reveal is a pretty clever way to open up the story. Watch the teaser after the jump.
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Saw 4 Teaser Movie Trailer

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Lionsgate has finally released a teaser trailer for SAW IV. And like any good teaser, it shows us very little, while making us want more. I’m still amazed at how little we’ve seen or know about this film, at this late stage of the game (two months before release). I’m still very unsure if this one will be any good. And if it was any good, don’t you think they would flaunt some photos or footage to get the horror fans excited? The low key approach worries me a bit. I barely liked the last one. Check out the new trailer after the jump.
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Saw 4 PosterAt Comic-Con in July, SAW IV producer Mark Burg announced that the MPAA had given the first cut of the film an NC-17 Rating.

“One day we’d like to have the guts and leave it like it is”

Well no guts this time around (apparently), because the MPAA have given a new cut of the film an R-Rating for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language. I’m sure we’ll be able to see more of what the film could have been when the unrated dvd gets released next year (like we assume it will).

IGN has also premiered the new and final theatrical poster (seen right), which shows the women from the first production photo wearing the pig mask. I’m surprised at how little Lionsgate has released about this film thus far. We still have no idea what is going on in many of the photos and marketing art that has been released.

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Last month we published the international poster for SAW 4. The poster has now been Americanized. What does that mean? Bigger and more in your face. Above you will see the original international poster left, and the new U.S. poster right. Click on either image to enlarge.

The official SAW website has also revealed a new image from the film. I have to warn you, it’s pretty gruesome, and might possibly be a death involved plot spoiler. But you can check that out after the jump.

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SAW 4 Comic-Con Video Clip Now Online

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Lionsgate premiered a clip from SAW 4 at Comic-Con 2007 (our coverage). You can now view that clip online at break.com. The video is from a studio source which leads me to believe that this is some sort of official release (as opposed to those god awful illegal cell phone video clips on YouTube). You can check out the embedded clip after the jump.
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