Saw X, the tenth installment in the long-running horror franchise, is a surprisingly sentimental splatter-fest. It’s fun and silly, and it’ll make you squirm in your seat, but it also scratches that particular Saw fandom itch: filling in gaps in the backstory that you didn’t even know existed.
The film takes place somewhere between the first and third movies, and it follows a new group of victims who are forced to play Jigsaw’s deadly games. The traps are as elaborate and gruesome as ever, but there’s also a surprising amount of heart to the film.
Tobin Bell reprises his role as Jigsaw, and he’s even more menacing than ever. But this time around, we also get to see a more human side to the character. We learn more about his backstory and his motivations, and we even start to care about him a little bit.
The rest of the cast is also solid, and the film is well-directed by Kevin Greutert, who helmed Saw VI and Saw: The Final Chapter. The traps are creative and suspenseful, and the film does a good job of building tension and keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Overall, Saw X is a solid entry in the series. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely more entertaining than some of the recent installments. If you’re a fan of the Saw franchise, then you’ll definitely want to check this one out.