After seven instalments and seven years since the “final” film, Jigsaw is an attempt at rebooting the Saw franchise.

After a series of deaths all bear the mark of the long-dead Jigsaw killer, John Kramer, law enforcement start looking into copycats and those with intimate knowledge of the previous cases. But it’s a race against time, as the murderer is recreating one of Kramer’s earliest, and previously uncovered, games, and the dead keep turning up.

Medical examiner Logan Nelson (Matt Passmore) teams up with his assistant Eleanor (Hannah Emily Anderson) to uncover the truth about Jigsaw before Detective Halloran (Callum Keith Rennie). In true Saw style, the plot is rife with twisty turns suggesting any one of them might be the murderer.

In the meantime, a group of random, unrelated people unwillingly play to win their lives in a trap-filled barn. But like a creepy effed-up fairy tale, the murderer is far more concerned with testing morality and righting wrongs than setting anyone free.

Jigsaw is more closely related to the original Saw than any of its sequels. It’s a rather simple, contained story that focuses on lore rather than gore. You might have to take my word for it – of course, Jigsaw is still as gruesome as possible, drawing out long-winded deaths with complex torture machines. But the essence of the original Saw is hidden in there, between the barbed wire and bear traps.

Do you want to play a game?

 

*Jigsaw was seen at Dendy Canberra.