Saw X - Review
I Still Have a Lot of Work That Needs to Be Done.
3.5 / 5
Directed by Kevin Greutert
Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous Jigsaw killer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through devious, deranged, and ingenious traps.
What a joy it is to see a Saw film in the cinemas. And more importantly, Saw X shows what happens when you give the writers room to breathe and build a worthy story rather than pump them out on a yearly Halloween basis that the series used to maintain.
Slotting itself early in the series' timeline, Saw X fits between the first two instalments showing John Kramer's last effort to beat his brain cancer. Things take a dark turn as Kramer is taken advantage of and the victims quickly discover that he is the last person you want to mess with if you like your limbs attached and organs kept internal.
Giving Tobin Bell a significant role compared to others in the series, this film explores the humanity behind one of the darkest and most notorious names in modern horror. There is of course the expected blood, guts and gore with more inventive traps to leave you squirming in your seat and wondering how the writers can conjure these ideas up.
More ruminative than other films in the series but doesn't steer too far from the low-budget grit that made the series what it is. It's worth the admission price alone for when "Hello Zepp" blares from the speakers in the film's closing minutes.