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Saw IV

horror, thrillers

Jigsaw, as well as his apprentice Amanda, have died. After hearing of Detective Kerry's murder, two veteran FBI agents, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, assist Detective Hoffman in sorting out the remains of Jigsaw's last game.

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Another Halloween, another gory torturefest. Yuck.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fourth bloody Saw movie isn't remotely meant for kids (even though horror-loving teens will probably be interested), and it's hardly worth the time of the series' fans, either. The gory, torture-centric formula is familiar: Villain Jigsaw arranges elaborate "games" by which victims either survive by killing someone else or abusing themselves to near-death, or they die. Frequent over-the-top violence includes stabbing, shooting, hanging, fighting, slicing, and more. A pregnant woman suffers a bloody miscarriage. There's some nonsexual male nudity, a shot or two of cleavage, and reference to prostitution. Also expect the usual bad language, including lots of uses of "f--k."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of "torture porn." Why does this cynical subgenre of horror movies continue to succeed with viewers? Do you think it will ever go too far (and who defines what "too far" is, anyway?)? How is the Saw franchise itself now a kind of "game"? Is it different from the games perpetrated by Jigsaw? And does he become a more sympathetic character when you learn his backstory? Why or why not?

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3 stars

Saw IV is not for everyone to see, since the series has long become quite specific and only for those who have been watching from the beginning. The story is now more intricated then ever, and much less original, but still presenting another shocking ending.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, November 13, 2010

2 stars

While I appreciated the added depth and backstory to Jigsaw, and what he's all about, as well as the point that was trying to be made with Rigg's story, the movie was too convoluted, and unnecessarily so, for its own good. The Rigg story could have been handled better-it was telegraphed from early on, as was the other story. The backstory stuff was good, but again, the way it's presented would have been better had it been more straightforward. As gory as this was, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Maybe I'm finally starting to stomach this crap and be desensitized to it. That doesn't mean I like it though. Admittedly, I found some of the movie entertaining, but things could have been handled WAY better.

- cosmo313, Sunday, October 31, 2010

4 stars

Probably one of my favorites in the series for a few reasons. Jigsaw's background is fully explored and his motivations are even more clear. Also, this truly gave birth to the infiltration expert known as Hoffman. While he doesn't get to bask in his awesomeness in this much, it's still worth it. I liked that they brought The Berg back and gave him a truly glorious death via ice block crushing. It was really interesting how they played around with the time line and had it all fit like a puzzle by the end.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, October 23, 2010