Posted: June 10, 2011 9:47 am in Review


R – 108 Min – 2006

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Starring Tobin Bell as Jigsaw and Shawnee Smith as Amanda, “Saw III” follows the story of Jigsaw when he kidnaps a doctor to keep him alive, while he watches his new apprentice put an unlucky person through a brutal test.

This movie really started amping up what I know to be the “Saw” franchise. It picks up with and continues the big game changer that was revealed at the end of number two. There’s really not a whole lot to this installment, other than the fact that it is really not for the faint of heart. The gore and death scenes were pretty haunting, and the acting wasn’t any better than before.There was the first nudity scene from the “Saw” franchise in this one. As with all horror films with nudity, it’s never like “oh look, boobs!”, but rather disturbing.

The thing that struck me as weird was the fact that, in this installment we’re made to feel bad for Jigsaw himself. As if all along he really wasn’t that bad of a guy. Now granted, the reason for this is due to the fact that his apprentice is in a whole new league of demented evil, but still. His apprentice builds the traps in order to brutally kill people, with no way out. The original Jigsaw traps have a way out, with a sacrifice you have to pay. So, in this movie since Jigsaw is so sick and isn’t in charge of making the traps, there are no lessons learned, just rigged death traps with no resolution. Near the end of the movie you’ll start finding yourself routing for Jigsaw, because he “cares” for his victims? I don’t know. The only redeeming aspect of the movie for me was when they had a very detailed portrayal of how what happened just hours before the first movie, showing some pretty interesting things that make so much sense now. Aside from the “oh man I totally didn’t even see that coming” scenes, the movie wasn’t all that great, and didn’t have all that much happening in it. They even did off with Donnie Wahlberg’s character in a very anti climatic way. You would have thought that since he had a major role in the previous film that they would have given him more screen time.

This isn’t great but isn’t the worst movie I’ve seen. I can’t say that I’ve hated any of the “Saw” films, but I can say that I don’t get why they are so vastly popular. Watch this one if you’ve seen the first two and like them, these three really build on each other with some exciting and chilling conclusions in this installment.



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