There are a lot of Saw movies, and I’m here to separate the worst from the best. As we all know the 6th movie released on the 23rd which means I should have a review shortly. Eventually, when the next movie is released next year, I’ll do a review of that one as well. There is also an eighth movie slated for 2011, but I probably won’t do a review on that because by then I will have been in a very tragic accident while looking at Facebook Mobile while driving.
Anyway, on to the list! Keep in mind this list only covers the first five chapters to the story, since I haven’t seen the sixth installment yet.
5. Saw V
The Saw movies have progressed in a hard-to-follow confusing universe and timeline. The more you get through some of the plot, the more the mystery is uncovered and the more Jigsaw’s plans and intentions make sense. For instance when the detective helps Jigsaw set up the house from Saw II and asks him if he expects this to fold out how he wants it too, Jigsaw replies that he doesn’t anticipate anything he just lets the game play out. This movie uncovers a lot of how Jigsaw accomplished his feats and takes some of the untouchable feeling and awe that you feel toward him in the earlier movies. However this movie is essential to the plot and the some of the transitions between scenes are kinda cool and resemble Saw III.
4. Saw III
I felt that this movie was just a filler and didn’t have a lot of overall story to it. We learned a lot about a man named Jeff and about all of his problems, but this movie does keep some of the essence of the first two about the mysterious and untouchable Jigsaw and the mystery of some of the characters. He has to move through a series of tests which involves the people linked to his son’s death. This movie doesn’t add a ton to the overall plot and is more focused on itself, at least until the very end.
3. Saw IV
Saw IV deserves the third spot even though it is similar to the third movie in keeping to its own plot. This time around we learn how a lot of Jigsaw’s puzzles are set up without him even being involved. He essentially recruits people to set up games who are playing their own game. We even saw this in the first Saw as well, but we don’t see how Zep sets the first game in the series up.
It’s debatable if Saw should actually deserve the number one spot because it holds the most originality of all its successors for being the first. In my list it comes in second because the setting was a room for most of the plot and when you watch this movie the second time it kind of drags on. However, this movie gives the story a huge sense of mystery to Jigsaw as well as who he is and how he is accomplishing his disgusting games. Unlike the other movies you know only as much as the people who are in the game, which makes this movie unique from the others. The twist at the end of this one is huge compared to the others, but maybe that’s just because you expect a twist in the other movies.
1. Saw II
You can argue with me all you want about which movie in the series deserves this spot but in my opinion this one takes the cake. I enjoyed this movie the most compared to all the of the others. The originality of the series is maintained in this movie and is still shrouded in mystery. The plot takes you to more locations and this game involves more than one or two people, it involves a group of people and several mini games within it. Everything just works out the way that Jigsaw wants it to and the ending’s twist is more surprising than even the one in the first movie.