Spiral proves if you saw one, you saw them all
We thought the eighth movie of the Saw (2004) collection was the last we’d ever see of Jigsaw’s games. But this year we got to experience yet another gore filled story with a plot twist in Spiral (2021), a continuation into the Saw (2004) world.
However, the best thing about this movie is the torture scenes. And yes, that’s the best part of all the movies because what’s a Saw movie without a gruesome torture scene? But even so, the torture scenes in Spiral are lacking a new creativity that we might expect from a new installment.
And while fans of the original collection might be excited to go on this blood filled ride yet again, Spiral doesn’t quite live up to the greatness of the films that came before it.
Chris Rock’s character, Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks and his rookie partner, William Schenk, played by Max Minghella, investigate a string of grisly murders reminiscent of crimes that plagued the city in the past. As Zeke dives deeper into the investigation he soon finds himself as the main player in a familiar game.
For those unfamiliar with the original Saw (2004), photographer Adam Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) and oncologist Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) awake in what seems to be an abandoned, grungy bathroom. They find themselves chained to pipes at opposing ends of the room. The two men realize that they are trapped in a sadistic game created by an unknown killer that goes by the name “Jigsaw”. They must complete each puzzle given to them in order to survive.
While the interlocking and overlapping narratives in the 2004 movie are layered with horrific torture scenes, the story is ultimately one of morality. This formula is what makes Saw (2004) a film that can always keep the attention of its viewers. We as an audience can’t look away from the gore and it makes us feel better when the person we’re about to watch die is deemed as a “bad” person.
Spiral (2021), of course, follows the same formula as its predecessors. So much like the other eight films, we know the deaths we’re watching are somewhat deserved and we’re constantly looking to notice anyone that stands out so that we can figure out who is behind Jigsaw’s infamous game and why they’re doing it. Part of the excitement of these movies is trying to figure out the big reveal before it happens, but when it does finally come to fruition it’s anything but unique. If you’ve seen the first Saw (2004) movie, you’ve seen Spiral (2021).
Without specifically spoiling anything, it’s not that hard to figure out who’s behind the grand scheme of events. For anyone who knows the theme of the plot twists from the previous movies this film may seem a little too predictable. For new audiences the plot is entertaining as it’s exciting to try to figure out who the person behind the mask is, however, for long-time fans, that excitement might fall short.
Spiral is worth watching for those who are looking for the quick thrill of a new horror flick, but for the hardcore fans, you won’t be missing anything if you skip this one.
Spiral (2021) Official Movie Trailer