Parents' Guide to

Saw IV

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Another Halloween, another gory torturefest. Yuck.

Movie R 2007 108 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 18+

Rated 18 (strong gore, horror, sexual violence).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are sustained gory sequences throughout, mainly taking place during scenes where victims must try to escape "traps". These include a woman being slowly scalped causing blood to stream down her face, a man having his eye impaled by a spike before all of his limbs are bloodily ripped off, a woman pulling metal rods from her's and a man's body causing blood to spurt from the wounds, and a man having to push his face through several knives causing deep bloody cuts on his face. There is also a prolonged autopsy sequence in the opening of the film depicting very graphic surgical detail and gory images. Strong sustained horror as victims are subjected to extreme torture and suffering while in various "death traps" and anticipate painful deaths; lots of screaming and crying. There is also one sequence involving a sex offender, in which there are crime scene images of his victims strung up in a room, as well as a video tape the offender made of himself raping a restrained woman whilst making crude sexual comments. The woman in the video is seen struggling and heard crying, and although the video is largely kept off-screen, the audio in the background makes it obvious that she is being brutally raped. | OTHER ISSUES - A few scenes of strong bloody violence, such as two men fighting to the death in a "trap", where they are stabbed in the leg and throat before one of the men eventually kills the other by repeated heavy blows to the face with a hammer, resulting in bloodshed. Another scene shows a man being graphically shot through the head, causing blood and brain matter to spray from the back of the head. Frequent use of strong language ("f*ck"), and frequent use of milder terms. It is briefly suggested/implied that a little girl is being abused by her father. During an autopsy, a man's penis is briefly shown. | RATED "18" - Suitable only for persons aged 18 years and over. Contains content recommended for viewing by adults only.
age 13+

Just Watched This Again.

Violence 5/5 Sex 3/5 Language 5/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 2.5/5

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (36 ):

SAW IV doesn't bring much originality to the bloody scrap table of the series' previous three installments. As fans no doubt recall from Saw III, his imminent death from cancer impelled him to torture a surgeon into providing him bloody closure. And although she's also dead -- like too many other players to mention -- she makes a brief appearance in this installment, because for some reason all plotty points lead to Jigsaw's death. Again.

Even if you consider the ex-wife's backstory about Jigsaw/John as additional information, it's certainly not news. Like many villains before him, John turns out to have been wronged rather randomly, an act of terrible violence that he absorbs into his worldview as a design he'll spend the rest of his life correcting -- or, perhaps more accurately, elaborating. Viewers might want to wash their hands of the entire Saw business and instead seek out other, more bearable cat-and-mousey thrillers.

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