In Spiral Darren Lynn Bousman returns to direct his fourth film in the series, and outside of the clear financial incentive, this ninth installment in the Saw franchise leaves us wondering, why? Chris Rock makes his debut in the horror genre as Detective Ezekiel Banks, a cop trying to solve a series of gruesome copycat killings while coming to terms with his own past. There’s little on offer here between the rote and barely-sketched-out plot, and the over dramatic performances, with a forced focus on the issue of police misconduct having nothing of interest or consequence to say. There’s a couple of twists thrown in for good measure, but they’re so heavily telegraphed that it likely would’ve been more engaging just to play them straight. Those showing up for the inventive deaths of the earlier films won’t find much new here, and those looking for a shift to more character-driven storytelling are going to be equally as disappointed, if they aren’t too disturbed by all of the pointless torture to even focus. The franchise’s trope of victims being offered horrific choices has worn thin, and unlike the victims in the movie, potential viewers have an easy decision in staying away from this one.