In 2004, Saw by James Wan gave birth to films of torture, a new version of horror cinema where we are spared nothing of the psychological and physical abuse suffered by the victims. Pure horror, the success of which spawned eight sequels. The last opus, Spiral: the legacy of saw, which benefits from the presence of Samuel L. Jackson, is out Wednesday, July 21.
Inspector, son of a retired local Los Angeles Police legend, Lieutenant Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks must take under his wing a new recruit. They are investigating some of the most gruesome serial murders reminiscent of those of the Machiavellian serial killer Jigsaw, when he died. Zeke’s father steps in. Both, along with the novice, find themselves embroiled in an infernal and macabre spiral, where the killer is in control.
Franchise with overwhelming success and never denied since 2004, Saw however, has hardly succeeded in renewing itself to the rhythm of its eight suites. The first opus was a real success, by recycling the subject of serial killers which was going around a bit in circles, after Thesilenceofthelambs and Seven. Saw introduced an additional perversion to the murderous serial killer process, that of the “game,” Jigsaw giving his victims a chance to get out of it if they solve a riddle in a very limited time. Suffice to say that few survive in atrocious circumstances. Spiral: the legacy of saw manages to give a little new blood to a caneva worn to the cord.
If the gore is at the rendezvous of the franchise, it is the murderous processes at work, with learned mechanics, that make all the salt. Spiral: the legacy of saw does not disappoint from this point of view, but Darren Lynn Bousman, behind the camera, plays more the card of the thriller than of the horror. It focuses on the investigation by playing the classic duo of ill-tuned cops, and including a father-son initiatory link, with the role of Samuel L. Jackson who gives credibility to this ninth version.
The production works well, in line with the urban thriller, while renewing the subject. Horror question, the gore of Titanium by Julia Ducournau, Palme d’Or at Cannes, just on the screens, surpasses him, but in a more experimental vein. More classic and in compliance with the codes, Spiral: the legacy of saw nonetheless fulfills his contract of thrill of summer horror.
Kind : Fantastic thriller
Director : Darren Lynn Bousman
Actors : Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisol Nichols
Country : United States
Duration : 1h33
Exit : July 21, 2021
Distributor : Metropolitan Filmexport
Forbidden to under 16s
Synopsis : Working in the shadow of his father, a local police legend, Lieutenant Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks and his new partner investigate a series of grisly murders whose modus operandi is strangely reminiscent of a serial killer who once raged in the city. Trapped unknowingly, Zeke finds himself at the center of a terrifying ploy in which the killer pulls the strings.