After an incredible Saw X London premiere I had to see the film again but in a different format, but I kind of wish I hadn’t. Here’s my Saw X 4DX review.
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable.
Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
Saw X has blown me away in terms of its dedication to fan service and its vivid backstory painting that somehow humanises John Kramer and makes the audience almost relate and feel for him a variety of ways.
John and Amanda’s relationship is explored ahead of Saw III with Saw X taking place between the first and second Saw movies.
Tobin Bell puts in a masterpiece of a performance where he’s bouncing between this good and evil character where retribution isn’t on the table but reawakening for his subjects is.
The traps are gory, the story is deep and it hits in all areas for Saw fans with a completely different tone than any other Saw movie that has come before it.
But, there’s one issue.
Saw in 4DX sucked harder than the vacuum eyeball trap you see on the front cover.
Usually when it comes to 4DX tech the movement of the seats, the smells, the wind and atmospherics compliment the film, with Saw it almost ruined every single scene it featured.
When the camera does that jolty Saw pan about the subject the seats were going so crazy that it was hard to see the screen straight.
When gory moments happened the water spray was either not timed correctly or didn’t work at all.
Wind picked up in the weirdest of places where it made absolutely no sense to include and the same meadow scent was used in every gory scene.
Ah fresh meadow when someone is being decapitated on screen in front of me.
The tech had been calibrated by someone who was clearly trying to escape a trap whilst working on the film, it’s all over the place and actually ruins the Saw experience.
Considering the first half of Saw X is a slow burn painting that vivid backstory your chair isn’t doing anything. Saw X is not a film made for 4DX yet the price increase brings in more money but I’d save it and spend it on viewing it in a different version.
Disney is the only company who seems to calibrate their movies perfectly to 4DX.
Saw X felt rushed with every single calibration with the only saving grace being a fog machine that activated below the screen when a guys face was being melted. A nice touch that left the bottom of the cinema with this fog swirling around.
That and only that was a nice touch. Everything else sucked!
Avoid Saw X in 4DX and go and see it the normal way!
Speaking of normal. Check out our NORMAL Saw X review HERE
Saw X 4DX Review by Sean Evans