The Lebaran holiday will be enlivened by three Indonesian films plus one new imported film, namely Spiral aka Spiral: From The Book of Saw, by Darren Lynn Bousman. Judging by the full title, we know this is a splinter of the Saw franchise.
A little picture for you, Saw was first released in 2004 directed by James Wan, which we later became acquainted with through Insidious and The Conjuring. Saw set a new standard for the horror genre slasher aka gory. It’s horror without any dedication.
At a cost of 1.2 million US dollars, this film brought a 100-fold profit, namely 103 million US dollars. No wonder Saw has six sequels and now, splinter. This is a review of the film Spiral: From The Book of Saw. How good?
The spiral begins when detective Marv Boswick (Dan Petronijevic) aka Boz supervises a carnival for the anniversary of US independence in the Stuart Point area. There, there are snatches of visitors’ bags and then run off to the sewers that connect to the subway station.
Boz follows the grapple down the aisle of the tracks. A person then covers his mouth until he is full. When he opened his eyes, Boz found himself hanging in the middle of the tracks. His tongue was pinched by two iron blades. Two more minutes, the train will pass and crush him.
The only way to save himself, Boz had to give up his tongue. Each day, Captain Angie (Marisol Nichols) assigns Zeke (Chris Rock) and the new detective William Schenk (Max Minghella) to investigate Boz’s body. Zeke receives the klu that the mastermind of the murders sent him.
The hints of Boz’s tongue and badge were in the turquoise color box the courier sent. Since then, the Metro police have never been calm. What’s more, when detective Fitch (Richard Zeppieri) dies. The mastermind sends a turquoise box containing a “collection” of Fitch’s fingers.
First Impressions of Watching the Spiral
The first impression of watching Spiral, the shrewd director really tells a complete story with flashbacks as a form of confirmation of conflict resolution and (temporary) conclusions on what happened. Darren is not a new name in the Saw franchise.
It was he who replaced James Wan in working on Saw 2, 3, and 4. In the hands of James and Darren, Saw was still dignified. After that, the sequel to Saw became an exhibition of torture with a fabricated story.
Spiral still has a fairly intact skeleton story. Darren said with a rhythm that was far from shaky. The opening scene, is a signature as well as a reminder that Spiral still has “blood ties” with Saw.
After that, he tried to stand up on his own. Spiral places Zeke as the axis and his father, Marcus (Samuel L. Jackson) as the support. All characters are in Gray Spiral. None of them can make us fall in love.
From the start, the characters came with suspicious motives and gestures, especially those who were at the police station. Chris Rock was too explosive from the start to feel tiring in the middle.
He is just “stable” entering the second half, defining fear, panic, loss, fear, trying to be strong, and love that makes the audience start to hope for him. Even though we know, in a film like this, you should not hope for anyone, including the main character.
Cat and mouse With Police
Darren directed the players closely. For Saw fans, the scene of torture presented in this film may not be too scary. But still there are some scenes that make me have to cover my face.
In particular, the Fitch segment that feels long and creates a painful sensation. Spiral feels more dignified because the script is solid and shrewd at playing the audience.
The main point of this film, the cat and mouse between the police and criminals. Not showing off bloody torture. It is there that the life of this film comes, complete with an understanding of legal inequality and the need for an institution to be reformatted to make it better.
The Power of Cinematography and Editing
Spiral was chosen as the title not without reason. A number of figures came to be slaughtered with good reasons. Flashback flashes are not for patching the duration.
Apart from confirming, they serve as the keys to illuminating a series of riddles. So we owe thanks to image editor Dev Singh who was able to organize the pieces of the scenes (including flashbacks) neatly.
Appreciation also deserves to be given to cinematographer Jordam Oram. A number of moments of torture in this film look not only terrifying but also poetic thanks to the choice of angles and the play of light in the slaughterhouse.
The Final Scene Makes Shock
The Spiral tension is complete with a shocking final scene. It was clear that the final round was properly prepared. The pictures are more beautiful, the editing does not make the audience stuttering in digesting, the rhythm of the story is even more popping up.
The efforts that the actors presented in the final act were very convincing. For genres like Spiral, happy or unhappy endings are no longer important. A proper finale, regardless of who “won,” left a deep impression on the minds of the audience.
We recommend the Spiral for you. Don’t forget, while at the cinema, adhere to health protocols by wearing a mask, keeping your distance, and cleaning your hands regularly. Kuy!
Cast: Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, Samuel L. Jackson, Dan Petronijevic, Richard Zeppieri, Zoie Palmer, Genelle Williams
Producers: Oren Koules, Mark Burg
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Authors: Josh Stolberg, Peter Goldfinger
Production: Twisted Pictures, Lionsgate
Duration: 1 hour, 33 minutes