May 14, 2021
We're only a little more than a month away from the official start of summer. And with summer comes movies! The film we're reviewing this week is from a franchise you're sure to recognize. Sick and twisted "games" born from the mind of famed Jigsaw killer John Kramer. There have already been 8 other films, most of which directly invovled the infamous killer. But this new flick doesn't include Kramer. Now there's a new Jigsaw in town. Before you decide if you want to watch it or not, let us give you the lowdown on "Spiral."
Reasons to Watch...
- Chris Rock steals the show with an incredibly dramatic performance. As the tension in the film builds, so does Rock's intensity.
- As is expected from the makers of Saw films, they've created some more wickedly imaginative ways of giving the victims the literal life-or-death situations.
- This story pays homage to its predecessors while at the same time creating a psychotic and intelligent narrative containing a few twists and turns. It focuses more on people who are outside the game trying to solve the mystery, as opposed to those suffering within.
- The traps and torture contraptions aren't as clever and elaborate as you would hope for in these new "games."
- There's much less focus on the players and more time spent on the investigation of the murders, which is jarring given the past films.
- For this being a new Saw film, it doesn't always do enough to differentiate itself in a meaningful way.
Watch or Not?
There's a case to be made on either side to watch or not "Spiral," but we think it's worth a watch.
In the same way that Adam Sandler stepped out of his genre to do "Uncut Gems," Chris Rock excels in this fast-paced chronicle of torment. It's also great to see the franchise coming back to life. The flick isn't just blood and horror. It's something different from past "Saw" films, while also paying tribute to what's come before.
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.