There has and always will be movie franchises that starts off strong but then tries to turn a quick buck with a sequel that flops. But no one has whored their selves to the extreme quite like the SAW films. Every Halloween since 2004, we have been visually assaulted with one these movies. Now we come full circle “hopefully” with SAW 3D (The Final Chapter).
This entry into the series is much like all the others, over the top gore with very little story. You’ll be taken on a trip of plot twist and numerous flashbacks to prior films and moments never seen. You will get a sense quickly that you’ve seen all this before as the flashbacks are many and often.
The movie will take you along many storylines, which will become increasing frustrating for some people. You’re constantly jumping back and forth between Jigsaw’s apprentice Det. Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), lead Det. Matt Gibson (Chad Donell), or so called Jigsaw survivor Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery). The movie does do a good job though of not focusing to much on one or the other characters, giving each individual equal screen time and allowing the audience time to form their own ideas of the outcome. But if you have seen the previous films then it won’t take much effort to do so.
The settings in this film are well done and give you the sensation of being somewhere grimy and dungeon like. But you will notice they are stock for the franchise. The traps are extremely elaborate and make you want to cringe just by looking at them and thinking of possible outcomes. They definitely deliver on the gore, which is what most people watching this film are looking for. Sound is top notch and gives everything the feel that something terrifying and sinister is about to happen at any moment. The camera work is the same standard as the previous six entries but suites the film well.
But not all is golden in the world of SAW. The plot is so close to the previous films that you automatically feel like you’ve been down this road before. I felt there was very little deviation from the 5th and 6th films. The first film was nicely done, but every entry since then has focused on the gore and plot twist, leaving the story by the way side. The traps, while nicely done and nasty, but they felt played out and monotonous.
I was never a big fan of the series first off. The first film was original and brought something nice and refreshing to the horror genre. Sadly the farther into the franchise they went the worse and worse they became. On a brighter point though, this was definitely not the worst of the series. I credit this to the fact they brought back previous director Kevin Greutert (SAW 6). I will say this, “I was pleased with the ending of this movie”. It was a nice twist and made it were another entry isn’t warranted.
Rating (1 - 5)
Jay Red - 3.5
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