Reviewed by: B.R. Badger
Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem? Answer
VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer
murder in the Bible
Saw I (2004)
Saw II (2005)
Saw III (2006)
Saw IV (2007)
Saw V (2008)
Saw VI (2009)
|Featuring:||Tobin Bell (Jigsaw / John), Cary Elwes (Dr. Gordon), Sean Patrick Flanery (Bobby), Costas Mandylor (Hoffman), Betsy Russell (Jill), Dean Armstrong (Cale), more »|
|Producer:||A Bigger Boat, Serendipity Productions, Twisted Pictures, more »|
“The trap comes alive”
For the past seven years John Kramer, a.k.a. The Jigsaw Killer, has reigned brutal terror on those he considers to be morally wayward. Though he is dead, he has one last “game” to enact before his puzzle is complete—to be carried out by his disciple Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), a crooked Detective with a violent and murderous nature.
Bobby Dagen, as portrayed by Sean Patrick Flanery, is a self-help guru who has written a book entitled S.U.R.V.I.V.E.—explaining how his own encounter with a Jigsaw trap transformed his life. Now his mission is to help others cope with their trauma, and be better off for it. ***Spoiler*** However, Bobby is a liar, he has never before been placed in a trap. He used the story to gain fame and fortune. ***End Spoiler*** Being thrust into a Jigsaw game, he has sixty minutes to face several obstacles in order to reach his wife (Gina Holden).
As plotless as a film like this can seem, it’s pretty thick here. Aside from Bobby’s story, there are several characters the film follows. Hoffman seeks vengeance upon Jill Tuck (Jigsaw’s widow), whom at the end of “Saw VI” put Hoffman into a head trap reminiscent of Amanda’s from “Saw I.” Jill pleads with the authorities to grant her immunity, in return giving them all the information they need about Hoffman. Gibson (Chad Donella) from Internal Affairs is just the cop for the job and is all too eager to stop the Jigsaw murders for good. The plot is much more complex, but is rather hard to explain without giving away too many plot points, as well as confuse anyone not familiar with the “Saw” universe.
The film’s official title is “Saw 3D.” “The Traps Come Alive” is the movie’s tagline, and “The Final Chapter” is an add-on to emphasize that this is the LAST Saw film (though I don’t think it is).
Morally speaking, this movie is extremely offensive. There’s abounding violence and plenty of language, and though there isn’t any spiritual content per se, it’s obvious Jigsaw is likened to God, because he decides who “plays” and who doesn’t.
It’s hard to even come close to describing the violence of “Saw 3D.” It is astoundingly more violent than any of its predecessors. People are either hung, slowly impaled by spikes, sawed, beaten, shot, gassed, have chains ripped out of their bodies, have their faces torn off by a car tire, thrown through a car window, have their jaws ripped open, place hooks into their own bodies or are burned. Lots of ick factor and cringe-inducing moments. Much too much is done to the innocent (as innocent as anyone can be, I guess) and people that did not “deserve” to die do just that. Unneeded and unwarranted violence for violence sake.
In the language category, it is very prevalent. Over 50 f-words and an assortment of all the rest throughout, plus “Oh my G*d” (10), “G-damn” (5), “Oh G*d” (5), and “My G*d”.
Morality is a big issue in the “Saw” films, at least a twisted view of it. Jigsaw genuinely tries to teach his victims not to steal, lie, murder, do drugs or any other shameful things. In “Saw 3D,” however, there is no redemption. People die just so the audience can see people die. Lots of traps are involved, just so there are traps. Too many people were unneeded and didn’t deserve their fates. The God factor is all but gone, it’s just murder.
“Saw 3D,” quality wise, fails to be anything but average. It obviously makes an effort to be the best, but I just couldn’t see the big idea. The film is rushed (due to the fact that there was to be a “Saw VIII,” which was scrapped after “Saw VI”’s poor box office performance), and I felt gypped. It is very obvious when plot points were to come from an additional sequel but were thrown into the mix here to get things over with. And what was with that last trap? Way too big and flashy, I’m sure even Jigsaw couldn’t have rigged that.
“Saw 3D” is probably the worst of the series, aside from the atrocious “Saw V.” And even though this is “the last chapter” of the “Saw” franchise, it doesn’t wrap the series up the way the filmmakers promised. Characters are unaccounted for, and the ending leaves it wide open for additional films.
Because of the violence alone, I cannot recommend this film to anyone. If you are a fan of the “Saw” series, I can’t really tell you to see it either, because it is short, rushed and doesn’t bring closure. “Saw 3D” is just an excuse to use 3D. On that note, the 3D is subtle and effective. That’s the only positive thing I can say about this film.
In closing, just stay away.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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