John Kramer (Tobin Bell), aka Jigsaw, has been informed that he only has a few months to live due to cancer. Desperate for a miracle and a cure, John hears about a medical treatment that may change his life, healing his body completely. After researching, John decides to pursue the recommended treatment, which seems promising and highly professional. Given John’s current medical condition, he’s a perfect candidate and is soon accepted. After travelling to Mexico, the treatment for John begins. This includes brain surgery and taking several routine medications to recover fully. On completing the treatment, John is told that everything has worked well and that he can live in peace and good health. However, he soon learns that the entire operation and medical treatment were all a scam to steal money from him.
Now, John decides to take matters into his own hands by kidnapping those involved in the disgusting scam. John won’t be working alone with a familiar face returning to stand by his side and assist due to his sickness. There are new victims, new traps, and the same serial killer trying to teach his victims a valuable lesson.
Serving as a prequel, the events in Saw X occur between Saw I (2004) and Saw II (2005). Here, we focus more on John’s character while the film still offers what fans love seeing the most: victims attempting to break free from horrifying traps and spilling large amounts of blood. I admire that the filmmakers have set out to do something different regarding the main plot, offering a greater insight into John’s life and allowing us to see him at a desperate time. While I found the story and critical twists predictable, I still enjoyed watching everything unfold right up to the end.
Those here for blood, gore, and violence will be highly satisfied. Saw X aims high with its gruesomeness and unsettling horror. The traps and the level of torture are easily the most extreme within the franchise. One scene where a victim was required to touch their brain made me feel very uncomfortable and squeamish!
Overall, if you are a fan of this franchise, you will come away from this tenth instalment feeling more content than you may have from some of the past Saw films. Here, it’s evident that the filmmakers are trying to provide a deeper backstory surrounding John Kramer, and it is great to see him at a different point in his life. For those here for the blood and guts, Saw X aims high and significantly achieves in this department. Plenty of traps and moments of torture are bound to shock, please, and disgust. I found the main story predictable, but I plead guilty to still having fun watching everything unfold.