Well-known sequel director Darren Lynn Bousman has taken on the huge task of trying to continue the beloved franchise this year with the stunning ninth film in the series, offering a mysterious thriller mixed with some well-known human mutilations.
Critics were not impressed, but his UHD debut allows home theater fans to decide whether Spiral: From the book Saw (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Rated R, 2,39: 1 aspect ratio, 93 minutes, $ 39.99) lives up to its morbid origin.
The story finds the gray-haired police detective Ezekiel Banks (Chris Rock), who must work with newcomer partner Detective William Schenkt (Max Minghella) to solve a series of horrific murders of police officers reminiscent of the serial killer Jigsaw.
While continuing the investigation triggered by the ex-partner’s horrific death, Zeke has to deal with the arrogant father of a retired murder detective, Marcus (Samuel L. Jackson), who has become his landlord, and long-standing problems with colleagues after turning to a dirty police officer.
When the killer begins to leave the boxes of body parts as guides, Zeke is trapped in a twisted game.
As usual, the devilish bunch set by the killer leaves piles of bloody human massacre (fingers that are terribly torn from their hands are especially disgusting), but unfortunately the bunch is uninspired and the plot does not bring anything new to the series except the finely matured comedian.
Yes, Mr. Rock carries an average film, thanks to his nervous humor, which unleashed like a sharp knife, and which combined with his serp-type police character, overwhelmed with bitterness and hatred for his world.
Fans of “Saw” will not be amazed by the killer and his absurd voice (sounding like “Groundhog Day” Ned Ryerson), the lack of appearance of the original Jigsaw and the sudden, jaw-falling, unsatisfactory end.
However, the 4K transmission delivers as sharp and colorful a presentation as expected, as the digital camera’s source material provides up to 6,000 visual information.
Of course, this is not such a good thing for those nimble during those bloody and excessively bloody killings.
The best accessories: Viewers who love this film will really appreciate the unnecessary overload of movie deconstruction on the 4K disc, starting with two optional commentaries.
First, the fiery Mr. Lynn Bousman with a little voice announcing the game show, along with screenwriter Josh Stolberg and composer of all the films “Saw” Charlie Clouser brings non-stop priority to the cast, crew and their efforts.
It’s the best of the two songs, not only to get a glimpse from the music director, but also for the collaboration of a trio that asks each other questions to evoke more memories as they immerse themselves in the film.
Furthermore, producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg offer a less talkative but deeper production commentary and the perspective of the Saw franchise. They let us know such details that the subway set cost $ 300,000 (most of all the “Saw” movies), there was a clash with the director about the stage using Steadicam, the length of the human tongue and the use of an actor who rejected the curse.
Let’s now add a five-pointed documentary about filmmaking, starting with the beginnings of the franchise and immersing ourselves in new productions including casting, comedy, cinematography, editing and music. Viewers receive a lot of comments from Mr. Rock as he tries to explain the creation of the story “48 Hours” and “Seven”.
The infusion layers get a little more, but it’s a much more detailed, informative, and well-crafted overview than the film deserves.
The director also offers a nine-minute detailed bunch, which again perfectly explains some of the film’s magic for a not-so-good film.
And viewers will even get a 6-minute look at the marketing of the “Saw” franchise, where they often discuss iconic posters.
I wish “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” was as good as the actors and crew appreciate it.
All you have to do is announce that the fans will want to own this package, but the accessories far exceed the final film.