Jen Yamato
Saw 3D Review

Jen's Rating:


Pure torture.

Who’s In It: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Sean Patrick Flanery, Cary Elwes, Betsy Russell, Chad Donella, Gina Holden, Laurence Anthony, Chester Bennington

The Basics: Torture hobbyist Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is still dead; it’s the franchise that just won’t die. This seventh and allegedly final installment of the Saw series picks up hot on the heels of Saw VI, with Jigsaw protégé Det. Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) patching himself up after a nasty run-in with a Reverse Bear-Trap. As Hoffman goes after his new nemesis, Jigsaw’s widow Jill (Betsy Russell), self-help author and Jigsaw survivor Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery) finds himself the target of a brand-new game and a new intrepid cop (Chad Donella) sets out to stop the dastardly schemes once and for all.

What’s The Deal: In the old days, movies of a certain caliber -- most often horror sequels -- would go straight to video, the only place shabby cash-ins could possibly find an audience. But after five installments that broke the $100 million mark (and a sixth that precipitously dropped off at the box office, leading filmmakers to close out the series here at seven) this franchise of diminishing returns feels more deserving of a direct-to-DVD release than a theatrical send-off. Incomprehensible story, cheesy dialogue, poor execution, cheap production value – Saw 3D hits for the cycle of bad filmmaking. What’s worse, the traps, poetic mechanical contraptions at best elsewhere in the series, aren’t that memorable, much less clever. The gore flows in rivers of bloody flesh, to be sure, and it’s just as excruciating to watch these humans suffer through these painful self-inflicted tests as it was with their predecessors in past Saw flicks. But at its height, the franchise earned its fan following by telling stories with moral purpose and complexity; in its seventh and hopefully final screen outing, Jigsaw’s legacy has become muddled, as disposable as the umpteenth severed appendage left to rot on the bathroom floor.

Why Hardcore Fans Might Enjoy Watching Saw 3D Before They Realize They’ve Been Had: It gives the Saw faithful plenty of callbacks to notice, from methods to characters to full-on flashbacks of scenes seen in previous films. Scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have attempted to bring the franchise full circle in some ways, even if only through superficial signposts and familiar set-ups rather than anything of actual value. But certain unexplained elements leave more than a few logical voids in the thin patchwork that is Saw 3D’s twist-filled plot; what’s more, there’s no satisfying conclusion given the fact that Jigsaw’s legacy is to teach and not just to punish. To that end the master puppeteer has been let down not only by his wayward protégés, but also by the filmmakers tasked with bringing his story to a close.

Random Through Line That Struck Me While Watching Saw 3D: The filmmakers have inadvertently come to realize that the ‘90s are the new ‘80s and have thrown three of my favorite hunky actors from the decade into their film. There’s the Young Indiana Jones himself, Sean Patrick Flanery. Picket Fences’ dreamy deputy, Costas Mandylor. And Cary Elwes, best known for 1987’s The Princess Bride but who arguably reached the height of his fame in ‘90s-era pics like Days of Thunder, Hot Shots!, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and The Crush. Yes, the Saw folks have realized my love for these three actors and have now permanently perverted said love for all of eternity by making me watch them insert meat hooks into their pecs and purposely disfigure themselves. You win this one, guys that made Saw 3D.

And About the 3-D: It’s gimmicky but not terribly impressive, and the occasional extra sharp object poking out of the screen into your face doesn’t justify a 3-D ticket price. (Some of the things that fly out of the screen: blood, guts, self-administered sutures, buzz saws, the dude from Linkin Park.) After a while you might even forget the movie’s in 3-D, at least until director Kevin Greutert remembers to shove an electric saw or sharp pokey metal prong into your eyeballs. See it in 2-D and the picture will be slightly brighter – the better to watch the cast chew scenery in their soap opera-esque sets and to see every bit of face flesh and blood explode all over the place.


Comments (18)

JohnB - 10-29-2010 6:24 AM
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Wow, Sean Patrick Flannery... Wtf is he doing in this garbage?? And even better yet, what in God's name is Cary Elwes doing in this??! I mean, yeah, I have seen and liked a good deal of his movies, especially Men In Tights(classic), and he is a talented guy for sure. But what puzzles me is WHY IS HE HERE??? Didn't he cut his own friggin' ankle off at the end of the first one? Am I to believe he slipped the great and all-knowing Jigsaw all while slipping around on a nub? Because there is no way he would have let him live, the only one's he allows to live are the one's who they need alive to make another movie... Regardless, I won't be watching this sh** to find out, but hopefully Jigsaw will definitively find a way to end the series.

Chaz - 10-29-2010 8:40 AM
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Wow, I guess someone didnt really follow the series, I love people who dont pay attention and try to make accurate comments, No one has survived Jigsaw's traps that didnt deserve to, Jigsaw let them all live if they survived the traps, but there were barely any that could, what happened to Gordon has been one of the biggest things us fans wanted to know about and I'm glad they are finally telling us as it was a big plot hole in the whole series, but other than him, the survivors were always let alone after they survived unless it was Amanda setting them up as she would never leave a way out and Jigsaw knew this and had her tested again in SAW III, which of course she failed, as a huge fan I cant wait to see this

JohnB - 10-29-2010 8:57 AM
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Yeah, I guess I should admit that I've only watched the first 3, after that I only heard bits and pieces on the other ones, but I just wish Elwes would have left this part alone. The first one ended great and for him to come back for this part just seems kinda desperate.

MattM - 10-29-2010 9:38 AM
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Saw it, Comment is pretty accurate, in response to JohnB if u aren't going to watch it don't comment, Cary Elxes was the ONLY good things about this movie, as a huge saw fan I had been anticipating his return for a while. But his lines were few, a newly introduced game and plot i wish they would have spent more of this movie with his TRUE faithful helpers trying to close the series and stop Hoffman. Cary Elwes had to come back though to close this out, hey, i would too if the price was right.

Daniel - 10-29-2010 12:14 PM
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In response to MattM, I don't plan on watching this crap and I am still going to comment. IT STICKS!

JB - 10-29-2010 4:51 PM
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For Daniel and JohnB. I don't watch the CRAPPY Foreign or Broke Back Mountain type of movies you two watch and enjoy soo much. I also wouldn't WASTE my time commenting on something I know NOTHING about (Again like your favorite movies). Now can we get some ACTUAL comments from people who have seen the movie?

jb - 10-29-2010 4:56 PM
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I've seen all the Saw movies (Also thought some of the traps were very clever) and tonight I plan on seeing this one. I'll post back later on where it ranks among the rest of them...

HM - 10-29-2010 9:49 PM
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Worst movie ever! I have seen all saw movies, but this is the worst by far!! DO NOT EVEN WASTER YOUR TIME AND MONEY!!!!

Lydia - 10-30-2010 1:06 PM
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Hands down among the worst movies ever made. It should have gone straight to youtube.

JohnB - 10-30-2010 4:43 PM
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Whew, some people get so passionate about their movies! I've actually never seen Brokeback Mountain. @MattM, I can only hope the price was right because Elwes is a genuinely talented actor. Hopefully he was only in this in a flashback or something, but with the way Jigsaw keeps on and on I was just really afraid they would bring Elwes back using crutches and missing a foot.

MarkA - 10-30-2010 8:39 PM
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lol the guy from linkin park is in this?

Ant - 10-30-2010 8:59 PM
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3d sucked. story sucked. violence was weak (and to my surprise less shocking in 3d than if it were hi-def). No 3d titties... 'bout says it all, definitely skip this movie.

willis dun - 10-31-2010 1:44 PM
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In my honest opinion , i cant say that i hated it,I wont even say i was disappointed. Is the movie borin?? yes it is,Will you be impressed??? only in the 1st 15mins after that it very borin and predictable.This movie reminded me alot of final destination 3d,both used 3d to make their final installment, both were over-hyped and both failed ,I rate this movie a 2/10

ashley - 11-01-2010 5:53 PM
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I passed the line at the theater bc I got my tix ahead of time. Lookup showtimes and buy tix online to see Saw 3D from Fandango-

Anon - 11-05-2010 12:24 AM
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Why is it that the worst movie to come out for pretty much this entire year has more comments attached to it than the films worth watching and/or discussing? Why do people continue to go back to seeing the same movie over and over when you know its complete trash going into the film? That's a sad commentary unto itself. And for why is there some fool defending these movies as if there's some higher meaning or quality to the film worth defending?

DJ - 11-07-2010 9:22 PM
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I watch alot of movies and this is not a bad movie. This is a Saw movie so what do people expect? Lots of graphic gore and blood,so this movie sticks true to its predecessors. For all who want to see it and like Saw, this is a good movie.

Anon - 11-08-2010 8:06 AM
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Gore and violence? Theres more gore and violence in Kick-Ass than any Saw film. Oh, and Kick-Ass was actually good, and funny, and entertaining, and not a retread. Far be it for me to question your logic of going to see a film for shallow reasons when it can't even successfully deliver on those reasons.

Michael - 12-17-2010 2:19 PM
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I didn't see the movie but I know it will suck. See I can comment even if I didn't see the movie.

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