It was all going so well, but then Darren Lynn Bousman went and handed over directing duties to David Hackl, and the result is an imitation that does not live up to both Bousman’s energy and original Saw director James Wan’s verve. Wan and Leigh Whannel, the writer of the first three films, are both vaguely involved as producers, but not as writers, and likely for the last time it seems. Whatever goodwill held the fourth instalment together is now gone, and so the Saw series begins its inevitable and disappointing decline.
It’s just the same thing, over and over again, but not as good as before. Blood, gore, violence, bad people, murder, torture. Trash fans may well keep watching, but it’s going to be a struggle from now on.
Saw V is okay, that’s about it.