Saw X review: Tobin Bell’s best performance in his career

Saw X review:

Saw X is the next big movie in the famous Lionsgate scary movie series that started in 2004 and made many people nervous.

Since the first movie, where two men were stuck in a room with a lifeless body, many have been scared by The Jigsaw Killer.

This bad guy is different because he says he never killed anyone. Instead, he makes people hurt themselves.

This scary idea has made ten movies, games, and even a ride at a theme park. It’s clear that people still like Saw, even if some movie characters don’t survive.

Saw X Trailer

Saw X— Editor’s Review

Saw X goes back to the start and happens between the first two movies. We know that Jigsaw is really a regular man named John Kramer (played by Tobin Bell). He’s sick with cancer and has lost a child. This makes him do bad things.

John wants to punish people who are bad or ungrateful. In Saw X, he finds some very bad people.

A person from his cancer group tells him about a new cure. John researches it and meets a lady, Cecilia Pederson (played by Synnøve Macody Lund). She says she has a team that can cure cancer. John goes to Mexico for this cure.

After his treatment, John wants to thank them but finds out it was all fake.

So, John is very angry. He joins with Amanda Young (played by Shawnee Smith), someone he hurt before, and they start their bad games.

The hard part of Saw X is you feel bad for John because he got tricked. Tobin Bell acts so well, making you see John is just a sick man angry at the world.

John’s victims face tough and scary challenges because they tricked him. Even if they are bad, you hope they can win, which is strange but common in Saw movies.

The challenges are scary and not for everyone. They might make you jump in your seat.

Saw X shows a different, sad side of John Kramer. With Amanda, who is more emotional, they are an interesting pair.

The movie also has funny moments and surprises. If you’ve watched the other movies, you’ll enjoy this one!

Saw X cast

The main cast members in Saw X are listed below.

  • Tobin Bell plays the central character, John Kramer, better known as Jigsaw. His portrayal of this complex antagonist has been pivotal in defining the identity of the franchise.
  • Shawnee Smith takes on the role of Amanda Young, a pivotal character who has evolved over the series from victim to Jigsaw’s accomplice.
  • Synnøve Macody Lund portrays Cecilia Pederson, a new character who introduces John to the supposed cure for his cancer, thereby setting the events of this sequel in motion.
  • Steven Brand plays Parker Sears, though details about his role and how it ties into the narrative remain intriguing.
  • Renata Vaca is Gabriela, another character new to the “Saw” universe, whose connections to the story’s events are awaited with anticipation.
  • Joshua Okamoto takes on the role of Diego, adding another layer of mystery to the plot.
  • Octavio Hinojosa appears as Mateo, whose involvement in the story is yet another twist in the tale.
  • Paulette Hernandez, credited as Paulette Hernández, stars as Valentina, a character whose involvement in the series is eagerly anticipated by fans.
  • Jorge Briseño appears as Carlos, another newcomer to the series.
  • Costas Mandylor returns as Hoffman, a character that longtime fans of the series are familiar with.
  • Michael Beach brings to life Henry Kessler, whose backstory and connection to the ongoing saga are eagerly awaited.
  • Isan Beomhyun Lee plays a Custodian, likely a supporting role with its own importance.
  • David Alfano portrays a Doctor, a role that might have significance given John Kramer’s health.
  • Lastly, Katie Barberi appears as the Cancer Support Group Leader, potentially a significant connection to John Kramer’s storyline.

Wrap Up

This version stands out among the sequels, though it doesn’t surpass the brilliance of Saw III-VI, which remains our top pick after the original.

Saw X impressively revives the series, and it’s a delight to witness Jigsaw’s return — a character that should’ve always been central to the story.

Also, don’t miss out on the post-credits scene; it’s a treat, even if its placement at the end feels a bit unnecessary!

Written by Mickel Clark

Mickel is a streaming aficionado who loves nothing more than to pen down his thoughts about the movies, anime and TV shows he has watched and likes sharing hacks on how to stream them online.