May 18, 2017
Nope, not that beloved jumble of nonsense by David Fincher. Rather FE badboy Maniac has spliced together SAW and SAW II into a carnage free-for-all. Mr Maniac will sometimes give me pause, especially with his rougher cuts. Newcomer alert! Maniac is the very definition of video nasty. The SAW franchise is likewise an equal opportunity slayer. Male female, young old, race whatever. Everyone suffers.
Video - 1920 X 1080p AVC. Editing itself is fine, though scenes tend to ping pong. The tales employ different colour palettes and the varying sources are noticeable. Darks remain solid throughout, though the detective sections, especially in the depths, can be grainy. Quibbles aside, Maniac's editing skills are sharp.
Audio - 128 kbps 2-Channel, AC-3. No subs. Some of the dialogue is murky, and the gamester Jigsaw is not always the clearest. Not that that is a failing in a film like this. I listened through headphones and several passages were mono, probably from the source. The overall sound mix is excellent.
Narrative - Three, maybe three and a half stories tossed together. They do not tie in with each other, nor does this fall into the anthology category. There is a casualness that borders on random in this. As far as "story" proper, there is none, and the narrative is incoherent. Sliced snippets flawed souls in pain.
Enjoyment - Not as much as other Maniac efforts. For such a hard trim, this edit drags. Too much time is given to conversations. One never gives a damn about a single character, so you won't care about what they have to say. Two of the threads were resolved, the combination octet was not, and the mother daughter miniature felt tacked, then dismissed. Folks who are well familiar with the SAW franchise will enjoy this.
Again - THIS "GAME" IS NOT THE MICHAEL DOUGLAS FILM. Don't weep later.