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Overall Rating
3.06

Awesome: 20.51%
Worth A Look27.35%
Just Average: 17.09%
Pretty Crappy: 7.69%
Sucks27.35%

6 reviews, 81 user ratings



Saw 3
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by Peter Sobczynski

"The Third Cut Is The Dumbest"
1 stars

Although I am certain that many critics are going to slam “Saw III” for being nothing more than a gory and depraved vomitorium designed to do nothing but separate slack-jawed teenagers from their lunch money (to say nothing of their lunch), that seems like a silly criticism because that is exactly the kind of movie that it was designed to be. My beef with the film is that it is a boring and predictable example of such a film. Leaving whatever tenuous grasp on logic that might have remained after the previous installments, this film is a lazy and incoherent exercise in blandly sadistic mayhem that doesn’t even live up to the less-than-sterling standard of other pointless Part III’s to horror films that hardly required a Part II in the first place.

For those whose lives have been filled with enough love and joy to keep you from seeing the earlier films, the “Saw” saga concerns a maniacal killer known as Jigsaw (Tobin Bell). A grumpy old man suffering from terminal cancer, he has become enraged at the various ways in which other people squander the precious gift of life and he has made it his mission to teach these people the value of life. However, instead of writing bad inspirational poetry, he instead kidnaps people that he deems to be living unworthy and hooks them up to sadistic booby traps that will tear them into shreds unless they can figure out how to free themselves–this usually doesn’t happen and on the rare occasions when someone does successfully free themselves, they usually wind up leaving a lot of flesh and blood behind in the process. Imagine a nightmarish cross between Dr. Phil and your high-school shop teacher and you basically have Jigsaw. However, don’t imagine how one man, especially one on his deathbed, could possibly design and engineer the torture devices in question, a series of contraptions so elaborate that Rube Goldberg himself might have looked upon them and said something along the lines of “Dude, simplify!”

In “Saw,” we were told that Jigsaw was terminally ill and only had a short time to live. In “Saw II,” we were told that he was even sicker than before and that his shuffling off this mortal coil was imminent. Nevertheless, he is still kicking around, although he is now confined to the makeshift hospital room that he has installed in the elaborately fitted warehouse/torture chamber that he shares with former victim-turned-loyal apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), a room that looks like a cross between the main locale of “Hostel” and the Mission Control set of “Armageddon.” After an endless prologue in which a couple of familiar faces are messily dispatched in an effort to boost the film’s running time, the story kicks in as Lynn (Bahar Soomekh), an emotionally distant doctor, is kidnapped from the hospital and taken to Jigsaw’s lair and forced to keep him alive so that he can witness the end of his latest collection of tortures. To ensure her compliance, he fits her with an explosive neck brace that is somehow connected to his heart monitor–if he goes, she goes boom. Not willing to argue with someone who takes his fiendish inspiration from terrible Rutger Hauer cable movies, Lynn agrees and eventually finds herself performing some impromptu brain salad surgery with a power drill to keep him going.

Meanwhile, in another part of the warehouse, Jeff (Angus Macfadyen) wakes up inside a wooden box and discovers that he is the latest victim of Jigsaw’s extremely tough-love therapy. Still consumed with grief over the death of his young son in a car accident and rage over the light sentence given to the perpetrator, Jeff has let his life spiral out of control and, according to Jigsaw, only several rounds of physical and emotional torture can set him straight. As he goes from room to room, Jeff comes across three people close to the crime–a key witness to the crime who refused to report the crime or testify, the judge who gave the killer the short sentence and, finally, the driver himself–shackled up in painful ways and he needs to decide whether to avenge his son by letting them die or forgive them by freeing them. This means, of course, that not only has Jigsaw managed to summon up the strength to design and install his elaborate constructions while in the final throes of a terminal disease, he has also become a crack criminal investigator as well in his spare time. If he doesn’t make you realize the precious value of life, at least Jigsaw can make you feel guilty for just staying in bed and watching DVDs of “The Office” the next time you come down with the sniffles.

Of course, you don’t really care about the by-the-numbers performances (I don’t want to say that Tobin Bell’s Jigsaw is a one-note characterization but not even a power drill and bone saw to the skull are able to change his facial expression in the slightest), sloppy plotting (in an effort to disguise how thin the story is, the plot is a fragmented jumble that even goes so far as to include flashbacks from the first “Saw” in an effort to patch some of the plot holes in that one) or the unbelievably murky visual style (so many scenes are shot in near-total darkness that you might suspect that Clint Eastwood was the director). No, all you want to know about are the details of the various torture scenes. This time around, we have a guy forced to yank out chains embedded in his skin in order to escape a bomb, a woman trapped in a corset-type contraption that will yank out her sides unless she retrieves a key from a vat of acid, a naked woman being doused with water while chained up in a freezer, a guy trapped in a contraption that suggests that Jigsaw must have made time to see “Fast Food Nation” and a black man ensnared on a combination crucifix/medieval rack that twists him apart. While it would be easy, very easy, to criticize these contraptions for their wild implausibility, my problem is that they lack any real ingenuity. Face it, after seeing the 37th close-up of a sobbing, sweating person tugging on something embedded in their flesh, the 38th kind of loses its impact

At the end of my review of “Saw II,” I offered up a suggestion for a potential plot for the then-unwritten “Saw III.” Even though the filmmakers chose not to use my idea, I nevertheless found myself speculating on potential premises for a potential “Saw IV” (and if the enormous crowd that attended the Thursday midnight screening I was at is any indication, we should be seeing it about a year from now). How about a prequel detailing the no-doubt-inspirational friendship between young Jigsaw and his high-school shop teacher? (Proposed subtitle–“Lathe And Let Die”) How about a bloody riff on the Jerry Lewis telethon where Jigsaw underscores his pleas for the preciousness of life by threatening to dismember Tony Orlando and Charo unless enough pledges come in? Finally, how about a film in which Jigsaw traps a movie audience inside a booby-trapped multiplex and puts them through the wringer to punish them for wasting their precious lives by going to crap like “Saw III”?

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User Comments

9/21/17 morris campbell it sux saw 2 was alot better 1 stars
5/07/16 Andra Birzu One of the best part of the series, I really love mysteries so I love this series. 5 stars
3/28/14 parisandlondon I agree that Macfadyen is a terrible actor. Never understood the hype. 1 stars
3/24/13 E.C.D. TOO LONG AND NOT ENOUGH KILLS OR TRAPS 3 stars
3/02/10 Stanley Thai This film is a great recovery from Saw II. 3 stars
1/12/10 William Clever plot, genius ending. It's a real shame they had to "resort to gore and violence" 3 stars
10/13/09 American Slasher Goddess The meat and the potatoes of the series; the best entry in the series 4 stars
11/02/08 Shaun Wallner Scary Film! 4 stars
10/27/08 Sugarfoot Once again some good ideas but the execution only works occasionally. 3 stars
7/22/08 David V Lame story, and Amanda was pretentious as hell. 1 stars
6/02/08 PAUL SHORTT THE ONLY BRAINS ON DISPLAY ARE THE ONES THAT GET DRILLED OUT OF HUMAN SKULLS 1 stars
2/29/08 Ivana Mann Deeply unpleasant, sadistic waste of celluloid. Strictly for pervs! 1 stars
10/29/07 Beau Gross!! i was cringing in the cinemas! but the first is still the best, need to see IV now 3 stars
10/21/07 Adam The gore and nudity deviates from the first two, and the film has a less thrilling premise. 3 stars
7/29/07 ben dover first film original this just fucking sick boring trash 2 stars
6/12/07 Dave it sucked 1 stars
5/25/07 Piz if you like the series you won't be disappointed, I thout it was better than Saw 2. 4 stars
5/18/07 David Pollastrini good gore and hot women! 5 stars
4/27/07 Dave Horrowitz This Is crap. ran out of ideas to kill them. the dickheads. rot in hell. u assholes 2 stars
4/27/07 Anothony mark this is fucking shit 1 stars
4/27/07 Anothony stevenson It's Awesome dudes funny as hell 5 stars
4/23/07 kristina fucking moron. Amanda helped him with the traps. His cancer also developed over the movies. 5 stars
4/09/07 kimberlee this movie sucks 1 stars
3/17/07 Justin P Shit movie, somehow worse than the 2nd and I didn't think that was possible 1 stars
2/26/07 Mike Awesome Awesome stuff! Very cruel! The ending was kinda silly but still an AWESOME flick! 5 stars
2/05/07 William Goss Overwrought depravity deprived of any prior suspense by filling in blanks. Worst one yet. 2 stars
2/03/07 Mike Probably the best horror movie ever! 5 stars
2/01/07 matt actually pretty good, despite the seemingly endless flashbacks 4 stars
1/27/07 mike_rackhabbit what movie ? 3 stars
1/23/07 action movie fan morbidily fascinating-quite good for an extreme gore film--clever plotting 4 stars
12/21/06 Maurice EVO Let the game begin!!! 5 stars
12/12/06 mig Really liked it, but not as good as the first 2. They went the wrong direction with it. 4 stars
12/03/06 zeus this is one of the best films 5 stars
12/01/06 Marsc what pop-video joke, Eli Roth and HOSTEL=#1 1 stars
11/30/06 tammi it was gorey but funny at the same time 4 stars
11/21/06 jesus the movie of saw3 3 stars
11/20/06 Michele better than the second 5 stars
11/19/06 michael first was much better but this had its moments, someplace 4 stars
11/14/06 Drew Galletti A lot of great gore, but not as good as part 1 or 2 3 stars
11/13/06 MR tHE bEST FILM I EVER SEEN 4 stars
11/13/06 Big Al i fell asleep... 2 stars
11/12/06 J.Pet Like Jigsaw's heartrate, it flatlined 2 stars
11/12/06 Dark Enchantress Not as good as the first, NO plot, but ok. Plus i love the Saw movies! 4 stars
11/12/06 Tiffany Losco Yuck, these movies freak me out. 3 stars
11/12/06 In mE I tRuSt reviewers u are pathetic...if you can't judge movies then don't do it.I feel sorry for u 5 stars
11/10/06 Jamethon Not great (obviously), but...it was still better than HOSTEL! 4 stars
11/10/06 DIANA 1st one was better & 2nd & 3rd just went down the hill 2 stars
11/07/06 Michael If you liked Romance in Manhattan, go see this 1 stars
11/06/06 Ashley The movie's storyline was well-written, however the dialogue actually made me laugh 4 stars
11/05/06 Kyle Really good movie! I grossed out my sister when i ate a sandwich after seeing it(No Barf :) 5 stars
11/04/06 Kimberly pretty gorey, better than 2 but not as good as Saw 4 stars
11/04/06 Nick sucks fat hairy ass - 2 stars
11/04/06 josh awesome movie, story was filled with twists and turns and it was original. definite 5 stars 5 stars
11/04/06 nikolina really gory dont watch if u have a weak stomach but i LOVED it 4 stars
11/03/06 dumbfounded 3 sites= 3 copies-same review=all wrong critics should be forced to watch "the break up" 5 stars
11/03/06 not just some guy "gore" sums up this one, great movie better than 2 5 stars
11/03/06 brad thought i was gonna pass out... truly gruesome 4 stars
11/03/06 Harroldo Fun to watch, but a bit too unbelivable this time. nice ingma at the end 3 stars
11/02/06 jae this movie was not as good as the 2nd but better than the 1st 2 stars
11/02/06 ravindra ganesh very beautiful movie, like dam 5 stars
11/01/06 Drew Great gore, but the story line has weakened incredibly 5 stars
11/01/06 DIEGO awesome, very good gore fest movie! 5 stars
10/31/06 Gavin This film hainted me, too many scenes that i couldn't stomache! will still watch Saw4 Tho! 3 stars
10/30/06 Stanley Thai It's a lot better than Saw II but not as good as Saw. 4 stars
10/30/06 Greg I seriously was grossed-out by several scenes. Loved it!! 5 stars
10/30/06 Steve Get off your soapbox you critics - enjoy it for what it is, a good old gore fest! 4 stars
10/30/06 robb brilliant. stunning conclusion to a memorable trilogy. 5 stars
10/30/06 Donny Martwick If you like crap, go see this! 1 stars
10/29/06 Mike If u rate this low, then NEVER watch horror again. This was FUCKIN AWESOME! Very Brutal! 5 stars
10/29/06 zac brilliant. so much better then Saw 2 5 stars
10/29/06 Hateful More turds for the morons. Go eat it up, SpaceMonkeys! 1 stars
10/29/06 benson first movie ive ever walked out on 1 stars
10/29/06 David Worst of the trilogy. 2 stars
10/29/06 mary not as good as the first, but better than the 2nd. 4 stars
10/28/06 Nick Best of the series. I loved it & I am a critic. 4 stars
10/28/06 Wolfie Weakest of the three but still pretty good. 3 stars
10/28/06 Jules SawIII was very good.. Geez, reviewer, whine much? 4 stars
10/28/06 Jake it was actually really good. critics dont like the saws anyway. 5 stars
10/28/06 B.H loved it!!! Directors are laughing all the way to the bank despite you so called movie crit 5 stars
10/28/06 Peter I loved it. 5 stars
10/27/06 DIANA OK 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  27-Oct-2006 (R)
  DVD: 23-Jan-2007

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Australia
  02-Nov-2006



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