When one has found the right idea, one has to use it to the very last end! This is probably what horror saga “Saw” directors think.
Opening in France in March 2005 with – we must be honest – a novating idea and plot, but a bit worn out then, the “Saw” saga is releasing its 9th movie with “Spiral: From the Book of Saw”. This new installment tells the adventures of the puzzle killer, and is expected to open from July 21, 2021 in France.
Here we go again. Although “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” is once again directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (already behind “Saw 2, 3 and 4”), this new movie welcomes Chris Rock (“Lethal Weapon 4”, “Bad Company”…), as co-scenarist, executive producer, and actor. He comes in with the great Samuel L. Jackson – not expected to perform in a horror movie – Max Minghella (director of “Teen Spirit”, released last summer and starring in the “The Handmaid’s Tale” series), and Marisol Nichols (from the “Riverdale” series).
Working in the shadow of a local police legend, lieutenant Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Rock) and his new partner (Minghella) investigate a series of grisly murders which modus operandi strangely look like of a serial killer that used to clamp down in the city. Trapped without knowing so, Zeke finds himself in the very heart of a terrifying plot ran by the killer.
Here we go again… or almost.
Although “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” is another Saw movie, this installment brings its share of novelties and blows a breath of fresh air.
Thanks to the dynamic editing – using flashbacks – by Darren Lynn Bousman, one quickly gets to the subject, splatter. The second trap yet takes time to arrive. But it is always more redoubtable. Because in this new movie, the police investigation part has a strong place, police officers being fully at the heart of the plot and personally targeted, and not sole investigators. And with Chris Rock as one of the cops, a rather gangster cop in his way of speaking, the movie looks like “Bad Boys”. All the more so as “Spiral: From the Book of Saw” comes with a rap and R’N’B soundtrack. The actor – and Samuel L. Jackson – manages to renew the saga that started a while ago already.
Yet, the movie is part of the saga, delivering references to the first movie. And of course, the end calls for a sequel. “Saw” is an endless story…