Starring: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, Zoie Palmer, Dan Petronijevic, Nazneen Contractor, Morgan David Jones
OUR RATING: ★★½
Horror sequel from the Saw franchise directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Spiral (2021) follows police detective, Zeke (Chris Rock), and his new partner, William Schenk (Max Minghella), investigating a series of grizzly crimes.
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Jigsaw Copycat: Hello, Detective Boswick. I want to play a game. The three train is arriving in two minutes. It is up to you to decide if this will be your final stop. You have taken the witness stand many times, and railroaded innocent people with your lies, putting them away in jail. Today, it is you who will be railroaded. You have one chance to live. Tear from your mouth the tongue that has so often be used to lie and to deceive. Take a leap of faith and you will live. Only your weight will rip away your lying tongue and save you. Live or die, make your choice.
Capt. Angie Garza: You were off on your own, as usual, no backup. Nothing.
Det. Zeke Banks: No backup, because there’s nobody on the force I can f***ing trust!
Det. Zeke Banks: Do I look like a f***ing Jamaican nanny? Do I smell like jerk sauce and baby wipes? No! Me no want no partner! I’m not babysitting some f***ing rook.
Capt. Angie Garza: Yes, you are!
Capt. Angie Garza: Zeke, it’s been twelve years.
Det. Zeke Banks: Yes! Twelve f***ing years. Twelve years ago, I turned in a dirty cop, I get a medal for it. Big f***ing deal! I also got a bullet, and I got to look over my back for the rest of my career.
Det. William Schenk: So how do you take your coffee in the morning?
Det. Zeke Banks: Alone.
Det. Zeke Banks: You don’t want to be my partner.
Det. William Schenk: You don’t know that. Your dad’s the reason for all of this. He’s why I wanted to do this in the first place.
Det. Zeke Banks: And I’m not him. Prepare to be underwhelmed.
Det. Zeke Banks: [referring to the photo] What are you doing?
Det. William Schenk: Oh, it’s just family. This is my wife, Emma. This is my son, Charlie.
Det. Zeke Banks: They’re cute. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Det. William Schenk: While it lasts?
Det. Zeke Banks: Nothing happier than the wife of a new detective. And nothing more angry than that same b**ch ten years later.
Det. Zeke Banks: I mean, all I’m saying is, you know, most crime happens on weekends, holidays. So you would think anybody married to a cop would understand this. But no. One day, your wife will be angry because you couldn’t go to her sister’s birthday dinner. You can give a woman six hundred Tuesdays. It ain’t worth three Saturday nights.
Det. William Schenk: So, I’m guessing you’re divorced.
Det. Zeke Banks: Divorced, no, not yet. I’m going through a divorce. That’s even worse.
Det. Zeke Banks: We’re cops. This is the life we choose. Highest divorce rate. Highest suicide rate. Highest rate of domestic violence. Yoh, when you decided to become a cop, you pretty much assured yourself you were going to die alone.
Det. Zeke Banks: If you’re going to throw up, don’t do it on the evidence.
Det. William Schenk: Are you kidding me? I’ve been dreaming about this since I was twelve years-old.
Det. William Schenk: This bum’s going to be tough to ID.
Det. Zeke Banks: I’m not too sure this is a bum. I don’t know a lot of bums trying to get their steps in. Whoever this is, is married, and wears a Fitbit.
Jigsaw Copycat: Hello, Detective Banks. I’m here to help reform the Metro Police, to remind them of their oath to the people of this city. One officer from your station refused to be reformed. He will not be the last to play my game.
Det. William Schenk: Wait, I thought the Jigsaw killer was dead?
Det. Zeke Banks: Yeah, but if it’s another copycat…
Det. Fitch: It’s going to be a s**t show.
Marcus Banks: You pull a gun on your old man? Are you out of your f***ing mind? I could have killed you.
Det. Zeke Banks: What are you talking about? I got the gun.
Marcus Banks: [pulls out the gun he was hiding] I could have killed you.
Det. Zeke Banks: How did you get in here?
Marcus Banks: Did you forget who the landlord is?
Det. Zeke Banks: Yeah, but that doesn’t give you the right to just walk in here anytime you want. Renters got rights.
Marcus Banks: You start paying some rent, you can get some rights.
Marcus Banks: Jigsaw copycat. That could be difficult.
Det. Zeke Banks: What are you saying?
Marcus Banks: Nothing. Just, you know, being lead detective. A lot of responsibility.
Det. Zeke Banks: You got a problem with that? Or are you just scared I’m going to embarrass you?
Marcus Banks: You always making s**t about you. That’s the s**t that ruined your career, and your marriage.
Det. Zeke Banks: So, now you’re giving fatherly advice?
Marcus Banks: What you talking about, Willis?
Det. Zeke Banks: Dad. We live in the same building. I saw you out front the other day, you nodded at me like we were the only two black guys in the mall.
Det. Zeke Banks: I’ve been staring at this s**t for five hours. I don’t even look at p**n that long.
Det. Zeke Banks: [lending his phone to Schnek] Don’t drain my battery watching Twilight.
Det. William Schenk: Just waiting for Emma to get home, she’s having a girl’s night.
Det. Zeke Banks: Girl’s night out. Okay. You better be careful with that. Might be a d**k night out.
Det. William Schenk: Just because you’re getting a divorce, it doesn’t mean that everyone else’s marriages have to end too.
Marcus Banks: Oh, I’m sorry, but I think your face was trespassing on my property. Is there something I can help you with?
Lone Reporter: No.
Marcus Banks: Alright. F*** you very much.
Jigsaw Copycat: Hello, Detective Banks. Salvation was offered, but it was declined.
Det. O’Brien: [as they watch the video] This f***er thinks he’s Jigsaw. Even got a doll this time.
Jigsaw Copycat: I have a bone to pick with the police department, and if you’re going to point fingers, you should start by pointing them at yourselves. Until you come clean, many more will die.
Jigsaw Copycat: Hello, Detective Fitch. I want to play a game. The tide of justice is rising around you. In ninety seconds, the water will rise to the height of the copper wires, and if you are still in the tank, you will be electrocuted. Unless you make the sacrifice that will cleanse you.
Jigsaw Copycat: [to Fitch] You murdered a man because he insulted you. Your finger pulled the trigger, and that cannot happen again. Survival is simple, but it comes with a sacrifice. Bite down on the device in your mouth, which will start the motor that will rip your fingers away, leaving you free to escape with your life. But if you don’t act quickly, all that awaits you is this watery tomb. Live or die, make your choice.
Capt. Angie Garza: Who the f*** did this?
Det. Drury: Somebody who has it out for the Metro PD.
Det. William Schenk: It’s a meth house. You put the money in the bucket, the meth comes down.
Det. Zeke Banks: Oh, somebody watched The Wire.
Det. Zeke Banks: John Kramer didn’t target cops. Whoever did this has another motive. Something personal. And they’re not following orders, especially the ordes of a ghost.
Det. William Schenk: Ghost or not, somebody’s out there pulling all the strings.
Det. William Schenk: You think this guy sent you the boxes because you’re the lead detective on the case, or because you’re you?
Det. Zeke Banks: I don’t know.
Det. William Schenk: Well, you got any enemies? That aren’t cops?
Peter Dunleavy: Don’t let this guy catch you jaywalking, or he’ll stab you right in the f***ing back.
Det. Zeke Banks: Don’t forget, Pete, you gave me the knife.
Peter Dunleavy: You’re right, I did.