Excerpt: Lynn Bousman maintains a decent amount of suspense and will please fans with his five traps and climactic homage to the original film, but “Spiral” lacks thematic teeth. Its killer, who is identified, also gets away. Prepare for more of the same.
Excerpt: There’s plenty of vicious, mean-spirited violence to sate the inherent bloodlust in the core audience. And at the same time, ‘Spiral’ rewrites the script in an interesting way that takes the story to fresh (ish) places.
Excerpt: Chris Rock does his best to revive ‘Saw’ but his dynamic funnyman energy can’t save ‘Spiral’ from a weak script, bad acting, ugly cinematography, uninspired direction, and a wholly bungled critique of police brutality.