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Saw IV


Source: Catholic News Service

The fourth installment of this blood-saturated horror franchise offers more of the same mayhem, even though psychopath Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is dead. Having lost their antihero and much of the shock value, director Darren Lynn Bousman and company delve into Jigsaw's past, providing a routine back story to explain what turned the talented engineer into an executioner and self-styled moral tutor. The furious editing technique used to link all the deadly moving parts can't mask terrible dialogue and acting; it's time for these killing games to cease. Pervasive bloody violence and gore, including bodily mutilations, much rough language and profanity, images depicting rape, frontal male nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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