Jigsaw (2006) – By Brian Morton

 Most of the time, when I watch independent movies, I can tell that the people behind the camera are having fun making a fun movie, and most of the time, that’s about it, but once in a while, you get to see the beginnings of a serious film maker honing his craft…that’s what I just saw watching the new indie movie, Jigsaw.

Is Jigsaw the perfect movie? Not really, but it’s pretty damn close. Jigsaw is a mystery done in non-chronological order. I’m pretty sure that making a movie like this is one of the most difficult kinds of projects there is, and the writer/director here, Scott Staven brought it off incredibly well. Here’s your basic story: A man leaves his wife (or maybe she’s his girlfriend) to go out of town for a job. What’s the job? We’re not really sure, but as the movie unfolds, we begin to see more and more that this is a web of crime and intrigue. There’s two men in S.W.A.T. equipment searching for someone, there’s two other men marching a hooded man to his death in the deep woods and our hero has left his woman and assumed a false identity…or has he?

Jigsaw is a puzzle that you won’t mind working! I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering where all the threads were leading and how this whole mystery would play out. The acting here is terrific, the story is tight and even at the end, I was left wondering exactly what happened. Scott Staven is definitely someone to keep your eye on, if this is his first movie and he acknowledges that it was done with “No Crew/No Budget”, I can’t wait to see what he can do with a budget and a crew!

If you’d like to see this great movie for yourself, you can go over to Altered Studios web page for more info, I don’t think you’ll regret it. So, until next time, when I’ll realize that I’m living my life in non-chronological order (either that or these are ADULT diapers I’m wearing), remember that the best movies are bad movies.