Which brings us to "Jigsaw," which fails for very much the same reasons as "The Mummy": It was made to launch a franchise rather than because it was actually about something.
All the Spierig brothers really bring to the material is cleaned-up camera work.
Seven years after Saw 3D, you would've expected a back-to-basics approach, but Jigsaw doubles down on the franchise's twisty storytelling. It feels too long, and it's only 90 minutes.
Watching Jigsaw go about his torture business is about as interesting as watching a child burn ants - a dumb and ugly waste of energy, resources and time.
Saw cleans up pretty well in these modern times: This is the first movie that actually looks sort of expensive, and it trades the sickening green color palette of the first seven efforts for actual daylight.
It's fun to watch. I just don't think it's the kind of fun the filmmakers' planned.
Despite its meticulously detailed gore, Jigsaw is rarely scary.
Considering the long amount of time since the last installment, you'd think that more effort would have been put into creatively reviving the franchise.
It'll do the job for anyone who must see a "Saw" movie in theaters on Halloween weekend.