Dave White
Saw III Review

Dave's Rating:

4.0

… blood-and-guts–soaked, R-rated mayhem …

Who's in It: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh, Dina Meyer

The Basics: Abandoning for good the idea of making the series frightening, the makers have decided that torture alone will make audiences happy. And they're right. The brutal machine-assisted murders are equal to — and sometimes even nastier than — the killings that occur in the first two movies. So enjoy yourselves, gore-o-philes.

What's the Deal? This time around, the rules of the first two films get tossed out the window. That's not a spoiler. They demonstrate the subversion of Jigsaw's "integrity" right off the bat. And, just like in the first two films, there's a nasty kick of an ending begging for a fourth installment. My only question is how Jigsaw's assistant, Amanda (Smith), got her engineering degree fast enough that she could design all these complicated murder devices.

Scariness Scale: Zero out of 10. In the first film, there was an uncertainty, a sense of mystery about who was doing the killings and why. They can never recapture that, and eventually they'll hit the wall of hard, blood-and-guts–soaked, R-rated mayhem and be forced to call it quits, or else descend into A Nightmare on Elm Street comedy.

Grossest Moment: It involves liquefied pig remains. That's as much of a spoiler as you're going to get out of me.

Music for Torture:
Dear Music Supervisor, whoever you are,
Why are you so soft? Are the guys in nü-metal band All That Remains your buddies? Is that why they're the end-credits music? I am requesting that from now on some seriously brutal bands be used in horror films. Bands like Wolf Eyes or Sunn 0))). This Marilyn Manson stuff is for Hot Topic kids.
Sincerely,
Dave

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