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Do you want to play a game? Spiral: From the Book of Saw - Review

Working in the shadow of his father, Detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Banks and his rookie partner take charge of an investigation into grisly murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer's morbid game.

In a time where every movie it seems is part of a bigger universe or prequel or sequel we have this movie. Set in the universe of the Saw movies we have a new take on the twisted art of killing people using sick and disturbing games of choice where the only choices given are bad ones. This one is not for the squeamish. If you don't like to watch body parts being removed you should skip right over this one, because there is a lot of dismemberment. Chris Rock takes a stab at trying to play a serious role but has a hard time giving up the joke-telling, so it's hard to be convinced he is a battle-hardened detective. The so-called plot twist is pretty transparent to figure out even though the story tries to throw you off the scent. This one could have been much better with the right casting, but never really belived what they were selling. Not a success for me, but I am sure this is just the start of a bunch of new Spiral movies. Yay.

Ranking 5.5/10

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