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Saw IV (2007)

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Despite Jigsaw's death, and in order to save the lives of two of his colleagues, Lieutenant Rigg is forced to take part in a new game, which promises to test him to the limit.


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You think it is over...but the games have just begun See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El juego del miedo IV  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

BRL 1,763,158 (Brazil) (28 October 2007)


$63,300,095 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

| | | (Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first "Saw" film written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who would also write the next three entries in the series. When interviewed about the job, they learned that there was a "Saw Bible" with rules they should have followed; however, as they had never received it, they had planned out an entire series of "Saw" sequels from their own ideas. Fortunately, their pitch was well-received by the studio and they got the job. See more »


(at around 2 mins) In the beginning of the movie, during the autopsy, John's skull is seen having the minor rectangular piece removed. This, however, is not possible, as Lynn from Saw III removed the piece as part of his brain surgery. See more »


[first lines]
Pathologist: Subject's name is John Kramer. 52 year old male; Caucasian. He's seen better days.
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Unfortunately, the 'games have just begun'
6 September 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Much the like the three preceding Saw films, Saw IV is filled to the brim with inconsistencies, bad acting, annoying editing and poor twists. However, despite its shortcomings, this was definitely more watchable Saw II. The film begins with an incredibly graphic (and pointless) autopsy on Jigsaw, who was killed in Saw III. A wax-covered tape is found in his stomach, and quite clearly states his legacy will continue and that the games are far from over. We are then introduced to Rigg (Lyrqi Bent) who has 90 minutes to save Detectives Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) while passing through a series of tests which involve random people. To add some more story into the mix, Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Agent Perez (Athena Karkanis) are hot on Rigg's tale, while also trying to find Matthews and Hoffman.

Obviously story was thrown out of the window when making this movie, as the story is convoluted and predictable. It is merely an excuse to show off some inventive and sadistic traps for the ADD riddled target audience. Whereas in James Wan's Saw, traps were secondary to the mystery and intrigue, here they are the focus. Not to say I do not enjoy watching how they work, as they provide some excellent gore. Director Darren Lynn Bousman has not changed his style very much, because the editing is as atrocious as it always has been with quick, flashy cuts that plague most scenes. These are incredibly irritating and make it hard to follow the action. Even parts of dialogue are reduced to this MTV music-video style of camera-work.

None of the acting is particularly worth mentioning; Tobin Bell really needs lessons to broaden his range, as all he does is talk in that same gruff voice he has done in Saw - Saw III. Betsy Russell is probably the best as Jill, Jigsaw's ex-wife. To be fair, the actors are not helped by the script, as it is pretty darn poor. The twist at the end could probably be seen a mile away and lacks any punch whatsoever, and it does not help that we are treated to a series of flashbacks which explain it, like we are not smart enough to think for ourselves! The story itself seems contradictory, as Jigsaw's motive was to kidnap people who did not appreciate their life (like druggies, arsonists, rapists) and test them. In this, Rigg is chosen, although he is a policeman whose flaw is trying to save everyone?! Seems a bit dodgy to me...

Regardless, you could do worse for 95 minutes. If you are a hardcore Saw fanatic you will probably love this, if you aren't you should probably just skip it. This is nothing but a rehash of Saw III with more gore and the same silly story.


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