Earlier this week, Lionsgate introduced that they’ll be giving a brand new Noticed film – we’re calling it Saw X for now – a theatrical launch on October 27, 2023. So we had been impressed to look again over all the earlier motion pictures and compile a listing, rating them from worst to greatest. You possibly can take a look at our Noticed Motion pictures Ranked listing beneath – then tell us how you’ll rank the flicks by leaving a remark!
SAW 3D (2010)
Envisioned because the “Remaining Chapter”, the seventh Noticed film was launched in 3D so it may throw a few of the greatest, most over-the-top traps of the franchise proper within the viewer’s face. Noticed 3D was directed by Noticed VI’s Kevin Greutert, who was compelled to interchange Noticed V director David Hackl simply two weeks earlier than filming was to start. A transfer like that’s simply asking for a large number, and that’s precisely what the completed movie turned out to be. A large number. Lastly bringing Dr. Lawrence Gordon from the primary film again for the “final one” was a good suggestion, nevertheless it may have been dealt with higher. The storyline following a man who lied about being a Jigsaw survivor as he’s put to the take a look at feels irrelevant. The best way-too-long saga of Jigsaw’s follower Mark Hoffman is lastly dropped at an finish, however in essentially the most underwhelming method potential. He deserved worse.
You may assume the Noticed franchise could be refreshed and rejuvenated after a seven 12 months relaxation, with new writers crafting the story and new administrators (Michael and Peter Spierig) on the helm. However Jigsaw looks like simply one other within the earlier line of sequels, and even falls into the identical traps that dragged down the sequence the primary time round: timeline tips, flashbacks, forgettable characters going by a bunch of traps, and a secret apprentice. Questions left unanswered on the finish of Noticed 3D stay unanswered, as Jigsaw goes off in its personal route with a brand new Jigsaw follower we had by no means seen or heard of earlier than. Essentially the most memorable factor about this film is the truth that there’s a lure involving lazers at one level. It does depart the door broad open for a sequel, so we’ll have to attend and see if Noticed X continues from right here.
SAW V (2008)
Now we all know that Mark Hoffman is the apprentice carrying on Jigsaw’s work, and FBI agent Peter Strahm is figuring this out as nicely. Whereas Hoffman and Strahm play cat and mouse by dimly lit scenes, there’s additionally a bunch of 5 folks going by a sequence of exams / traps. Nevertheless it’s tough to care what’s happening with them when the actual focus of the film is Strahm’s pursuit of Hoffman and flashbacks to Hoffman being recruited by Jigsaw. Directed by David Hackl (who was manufacturing designer and/or second unit director on earlier sequels), Noticed V has one of many coolest moments within the franchise – Strahm giving himself a tracheotomy with a pen to outlive a water lure – however in any other case feels prefer it’s simply trudging by the motions. It’s a boring, drained entry within the franchise. Which isn’t shocking, since they had been pumping these sequels out so shortly.
SAW IV (2007)
Noticed II and III director Darren Lynn Bousman caught round for this sequel, however the story got here from a brand new crew of writers who had to determine tips on how to proceed the franchise now that Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda had been useless. One alternative was apparent: Jigsaw wanted a brand new apprentice. However another selections had been sudden, like the truth that they nonetheless have Noticed II’s Eric Matthews hanging round, six months after he seemed to be nearly as good as useless. In addition they dive deeper into Jigsaw’s again story than ever earlier than, giving him much more causes for entering into the lure enterprise. Terminal most cancers and a automotive accident / failed suicide try weren’t the one issues that drove him over the sting, there was additionally a tragic romance and a misplaced youngster. That is when the Noticed franchise turns into a convoluted, gory cleaning soap opera, which is a part of its allure so far as some followers are involved.
SAW III (2006)
Franchise creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell nonetheless obtain government producer credit on each new Noticed film, however their inventive involvement with the sequence actually ended with Noticed III. And so they saved the grossest for final. Even Whannell was reportedly sickened by the sight of the traps on this one, which feels a lot darker and meaner than its predecessors. And features a lure that includes rotten pig guts. Whereas the terminally sick Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are forcing a surgeon to offer him mind surgical procedure, a grieving man is made to undergo rooms the place he has to determine whether or not or to not save folks related to his son’s dying in a drunk driving incident (the driving force, the witness who didn’t testify, the choose who gave a lenient sentence). This can be a bleak, ugly film that tells an attention-grabbing story, nevertheless it’s actually not nice to sit down by.
SAW VI (2009)
Mark Hoffman just isn’t an attention-grabbing villain, and it’s actually annoying to observe a number of motion pictures of him slipping out of conditions you hope will take away him from the franchise. However whereas we’re nonetheless caught with Hoffman and we’re nonetheless being proven a ridiculous quantity of flashbacks designed to reply questions we didn’t even know to ask (three motion pictures later, we’re nonetheless getting particulars about what was happening in Noticed III), Noticed VI does handle to be a step up from a number of earlier installments. Director Kevin Greutert, who edited the earlier movies, made a film that brings a component of enjoyable again into the proceedings, and the screenwriters had the nice concept of placing a medical health insurance government from Jigsaw’s previous on the middle of the video games being performed on this one. Sadly, Noticed VI was the least profitable Noticed up thus far as a result of movie-goers had been giving up on the franchise.
SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW (2021)
Noticed II, III, and IV director Darren Lynn Bousman returned to direct this entry a few Jigsaw copycat. Form of the Friday the thirteenth: A New Starting of Noticed motion pictures. Chris Rock stars as a detective attempting to determine who retains killing cops with elaborate traps, and his efficiency is at its greatest when he’s cracking jokes. When Rock tries to be critical and intense, it’s not fairly convincing. Samuel L. Jackson performs his dad, who will get caught in a lure alongside the best way – and it’s enjoyable to see an icon like SLJ strung up in a Jigsaw-style gadget. Apart from the traps and references to Jigsaw, Spiral: From the Guide of Noticed has little to do with different Noticed motion pictures… which was type of refreshing at this level. There’s no motive to fret about continuity, you’ll be able to simply sit again and take it in as a easy, easy revenge film.
SAW II (2005)
Like every self-respecting sequel, director Darren Lynn Bousman’s Noticed II takes the idea launched within the first film and goes greater with it. As an alternative of two folks trapped in a room we get seven folks trapped in a home, hit with nerve gasoline and compelled to take part in a sequence of video games which were arrange all through the rooms to allow them to retrieve vials of antidote. Whereas they’re enjoying their video games, deeply flawed detective Eric Matthews and a SWAT crew have stormed a warehouse and caught Jigsaw himself… and but Jigsaw, who we study extra about this time round, nonetheless manages to be accountable for the scenario. The traps are grotesque and cringe-inducing (the syringe pit is among the most memorable moments within the sequence), however there’s nonetheless a way of enjoyable to the sequel. It doesn’t really feel as bleak and mean-spirited as future installments within the franchise would.
The Noticed franchise has turn out to be so large and convoluted, you may neglect that it began with a easy little serial killer thriller. Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell got here up with an concept they might convey to the display for little or no cash: two males trapped in a room with chains on their ankles and hacksaws at hand. Then they constructed an enchanting story round these two males. The story of the Jigsaw Killer, who forces victims to play harmful “video games” to determine their destiny. Most of them don’t survive. There’s additionally a mom and daughter being held at gunpoint, an obsessed detective chasing the unsuitable suspect, and a Jigsaw survivor who’s grateful for the expertise. And a jaw-dropping twist. Even when no sequels had ever been made, we’d nonetheless be speaking about Noticed as a basic thriller alongside the strains of Seven.