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Spiral: From The Book of Saw - Film Review

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Published May 12th 2021
Murders eerily reminiscent of a city's gruesome past

A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw. Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly trapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the centre of the killer's morbid game.

Spiral, with a run time of 93 mins, stars Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is produced by the original SAW team of Mark Burg and Oren Koules. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger, and will be in Cinemas on 13 May 2021.


Nothing to see here you haven't seen before. You choose to live or die, but not without a lot of pain. That is the MO of a Saw torture maniac reboot. It's the same same that tries to be a little different. It's still replete with all the complicated mechanical devices that extract ultimate violence and gruesome limb severing mechanisms that's all blood and gore. It seems this time, the sociopath is a moral crusader on the loose, targeting bad cops . It kicks off in typical fashion by luring a cop who lied in court - given a choice to live or die.

Spiral tries to be a little different in that, in the past, the killer tried to reform flawed people by testing their attachment to certain body parts. In this one, the killer takes on a whole institution to reform its flawed members within. Zeke is a bit of an outsider within the department because everyone on the force thinks of him as a rat. He fights to be the lead investigator of this Jigsaw copycat who's only killing dirty cops because the first cop killed was his closest friend. Assigned a rookie partner (Max Minghella), William is a young family man who idolises Zeke for his integrity.


Spiral works on having a decent back story but it unfolds in the same pattern that's familiar of all Saw movies. A corrupted cop gets lured into a creepy location, then they get jump-scared (along with you) by someone wearing a pig's head. Next, the victim awakes entrapped in a complex torture device and given the choice to live or die. There's blood and gore, but with a lot of breathing space in between for the storyline to unfold If you're not squeamish about blood and gore, it's not really a scary movie at all. A couple of jumpy moments and you're done.

It is, however, interesting to see Chris Rock as the lead in something more serious than comedy. Unfortunately, his presence does nothing to elevate the film which is a little ho-hum. Samual Jackson is underused but charismatic as always. However, he alone cannot save a film that's spiralling downwards, laden with squandered opportunities to elevate it, and an end surprise that only proves this film had nothing else up their sleeves to give. Overall, the film felt disjointed, cobbled together rather than well plotted out and disappointing.

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Why? Spiral (2021) - from the Book of Saw - film review
When: In cinemas 13 May 2021
Where: In cinemas 13 May 2021
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