1 hour, 48 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language.
Darren's video diary; "The Traps of Saw IV"; "The Props of Saw IV"; Saw IV music video by "X Japan"; Bonus deleted scene; 16x9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX audio; English and Spanish subtitles; English closed captions
Tobin Bell ... Jigsaw / John
Costas Mandylor ... Hoffman
Scott Patterson ... Agent Strahm
Betsy Russell ... Jill
Lyriq Bent ... Rigg
Athena Karkanis ... Agent Perez
Justin Louis ... Art
Simon Reynolds ... Lamanna
Donnie Wahlberg ... Eric Mathews
Angus Macfadyen ... Jeff
The movie begins with the autopsy of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell "Saw"), dead on a slab in the morgue. The examiners discover a tape in Jigsaw’s stomach, where he states that his work will continue. Then, a detective named Rigg (Lyriq Bent "Four Brothers") is kidnapped by someone who wishes to keep Jigsaw’s games going, and he’s put into a maze where he is ushered through several scenarios that pit him against other victims and forced to do unspeakable things for the greater good. With only 90 minutes to find the secret location of both missing Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg "Annapolis") and Sergeant Hoffman (Costas Mandylor "The Pledge"), he's givem an intricate series of puzzles to solve. Two seasoned FBI profilers Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson - TV's "Gilmore Girls") and Agent Perez (Athena Karkanis - TV's "The Best Years") are right on Rigg’s tail. They are convinced that the late Jigsaw has had an unknown, living accomplice all along, and think it's probably Jigsaw’s ex-wife Jill (Betsy Russell "Saw III").
The first hilariously clumsy “game,” involves a man with his eyes sewn shut and a man with his mouth sewn shut. It’s kind of like watching a fight between two drunken brothers at a family reunion. In fact, most of the games are far more amusing than frightening, and two of the deaths are almost funny. But what's missing in this follow-up to “Saw III,” is the hypocritical preaching, which you won't miss.
Director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II and III), allowed his actors to overact, and hyper-edited many of the sequences during heightened plot moments, but it all leads into some sort of dizzying wrap up sequence that explains all the twists and turns of the movie by replaying the last hour and a half in just under two minutes.
But, never forget that the premise of all the "Saw" films is seeing some really rotten people get what they deserve in some really gory ways. It's all quite formulaic and very bloody, but of course that's what you expect when you watch these films.