“A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw.”

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Writers: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy
Staring: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols
Streaming: VUDU Rental
Release Date: May 14, 2021

Expectations were not high for Spiral: From The Book Of Saw, yet it still falls below expectations. Despite staring the not-of-seen but incredibly talented Chris Rock, this attempted reinvigoration of the Saw franchise is rushed, muddled mess.

One of the biggest differences between the typical Saw sequels compared to Spiral: The Book Of Saw is that this most recent torture-inducing story is character driven. Detective Zeke Banks (Chris Rock) is an oft hated on cop who is seen as a rat within his department. Banks must battle back his need to be alone when Captain Angie Garza (Marisol Nichols) gives him a new rookie partner, Detective William Schnek (Max Minghella). Don’t forget to throw in there a testy relationship between Zeke and his father, who is played by Samuel L. Jackson.

I’ll be honest with you folks, I can’t harp on the character stuff anymore. Spiral: From The Book Of Saw is a real mess. When the killing spree starts, the optimistic feeling of hope dies. The traps set by the Jigsaw copycat are not even inventive, and they truly don’t seem survival in any sense of the word. In the original SEVEN PART FRANCHISE (insane, right?), John Kramer does usually abide by the rule that the victim entrapped has a chance to survive. The characters killed in this movie really don’t for the most part. Severing one’s vertebrate or spinal column does not seem feasible.

It is unveiled throughout the movie that the motivation for this serial killer revolves around the police force and the depravity of its past. People who abused the system are being punished for their sins, and it is up to Zeke, the one who stood up to corruption once, to try and solve the problem. Spiral: From The Book Of Saw is taking a woke approach telling a story of police brutality; if only the movie itself was able to stand the test of being, you know…watchable.

How does Spiral: From The Book Of Saw have Chris Rock at the helm but never let him be Chris Rock. Yes, there is acting, but Chris Rock is Chris Rock. The funniest part of the movie was the Gump sequel bit. Then there is the…the bad guy. Oh boy oh boy, not the horrendously boring bad guy with a monotone delivery. Oh no, not the bad guy with less charisma than a rock being dragged across the beach by a seagull. Oh no, not the bad guy who strikes fear into the heart of viewers equivalent to your mother’s homemade cookies.

The two tentpoles characters of Spiral: From The Book Of Saw don’t stand finish well on the competency or entertaining scales. Each character is boring. Each one leaves so much on the table. There is just no oomph when we get to the final showdown with Zeke and his arch nemesis. The story attempts to put stakes on the table but the movie is just so boring that there is no one left sitting at the table.

Spiral: From The Book Of Saw is the one of, if not the worst Saw inspired movies I have seen. That is a blog for a later day.

STANKO RATING: F (1.0/5 Stars)

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