Many horror fans couldn’t be happier when it was announced that both Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson had added their names and talents to a Saw spin-off. With many expecting something different from what happened before in the franchise, how did that happen Spiral: From the Book of Saw was it critics now that the first reviews are out?
Starting with Bloody Disgusting’s Meagan Navarro, who gave the film an impressive 4 out of 5, Spiral does indeed add something else to the long-running Saw formula, undermining expectations and taking the franchise in a whole new direction.
“Spiral brings style and substance, with a few chuckles to balance the blood. For this standalone entry, Bousman undermines the familiarity and revitalized the franchise by evolving the universe.”
Comicbook.com critic Patrick Cavanaugh echoed some of these sentiments, praising the film’s decision to focus on both character and inventive death sequences, though he couldn’t help but feel let down when Spiral returned to more expected elements.
“Spiral: From the Book of Saw shows almost immediately how much more entertaining and impressive a sequel in the series can be when it focuses on the story and the character, rather than upsetting the audience, but it doesn’t come off its own legacy, still culminating in a ‘ unexpected “finale. Longtime fans will certainly appreciate the concept’s new approach, but it offers little to gain for those in doubt about how much potential the concept has ever had.”
Lovia Gyarkye of The Hollywood Reporter was much more critical of the film and felt that while it will please fans, Spiral fails to fully explore the more interesting themes it brings up.
Spiral performs when it comes to bloodshed, if that’s your thing, and a proper bold aesthetic – but not much else. That’s a shame because the themes of the story, from the unreformable nature of the police force to the cost of integrity in a space that values power above all else could not be more relevant.If the mission was, as Bousman suggested, to make a Saw movie driven by a strong story rather than gruesome torture, it wouldn’t be fully accomplished. “
These sentiments were echoed by both Robert Kojder of Flickering Myth and Siddhant Adlakha of IGN Movies, who both felt the more current, socially conscious storyline was far too underdeveloped. “Focusing on criminal investigations and corruption is healthy and socially conscious, but the result is one of the most disrespectful and clichéd executions imaginable, ridiculing the serious issues it has already raised,” said Kojder. while Adlakha said: “It’s a hollow imitation of the series, unable to meet the most basic visual and narrative expectations. It’s also a bad movie in general, trying to tell a socially relevant story that it doesn’t seems to be able to handle it. “
That does not mean Spiral won’t impress some moviegoers though, with Collider’s Matt Goldberg even comparing the film to David Fincher’s groundbreaking serial killer outing, Se7en. Although he makes it very clear that Fincher’s film is far superior …
Spiral still offers the gory traps that have served as the franchise’s trademark, but calling it a ‘horror movie’ would be a daunting task. Darren Lynn Bousman’s film is more in the realm of a movie like Se7en where police race to stop a serial killer with a particular ax to grind But unlike David Fincher’s classic film, Spiral feels redundant in its conspiracy, even as it vaguely seeks commentary on how to deal with bad agents. “
AV Club’s Katie Rife, meanwhile, was far from enamored of it Spiral, due in large part to an accumulation of criticism that resulted in the finale not landing properly.
Rock, for his part, puts on a twisted frown that deepens with each new corpse, while Jackson’s performance remains slippery even when his character’s circumstances get pretty severe. They’re both burdened by some really unhappy facial hair in the movie. flashback scenes, an inelegant detail of the exhibit among the many. These minor inconsistencies and indignities pile up, each taking away the shock value until the reveal of the killer’s master plan lands like a peanut butter sandwich that has taken a few hours. . ‘
While Variety’s Owen Gleiberman felt it Spiral failed to change the formula enough, but they did admit it should be a gory delight for the already established fan base. “Yes, these are life lessons! And no, the Saw series hasn’t really changed,” he said. “So depending on whether you’re a fan or not, eat up … or throw up.”
Total Film’s Jordan Farley should assure those looking forward to it Spiral: From the Book of Saw, who described the film as the best way to reboot, and felt that it had, in fact, accomplished exactly what director Darren Lynn Bousman and star Chris Rock had set out to revive the film. Saw franchise.
“That a formula as trodden as Saw’s can still surprise, delight and make you feel like you need a quick shower afterward is impressive. But Spiral is also the rarest reboot – one that will keep the die-hards of the industry. series and a whole will satisfy. new generation horror aficionados. Well played. “
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, Spiral stars Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols and Samuel L. Jackson, and follows the brash detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks, who is currently dealing with a case in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran, his father Marcus Banks. Together with his partner, William Schenk, Ezekiel takes charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the town’s gruesome past. Unconsciously trapped in an ever-growing mystery, Zeke finds herself at the center of the murderer’s morbid play.
Originally scheduled for release in May 2020, Spiral was delayed due to the ongoing global situation and will now be released theatrically in the United States by Lionsgate on May 14, 2021.
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