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Saw III (2006)

  Tags: Angus MacFadyen, Bahar Soomekh, blood, Darren Lynn Bousman, Dina Meyer, gore, Hussein Berro, James Wan, jigsaw, Kim Roberts, Leigh Whannell, Lyriq Bent, Mpho Koaho, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, torture, traps

Your rating: None Average: 7.4 (20 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
8

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Rating #: 
8/10
Director: 
Darren Lynn Bousman
Runtime: 
113 minutes
Cast: 
Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus MacFadyen, Dina Meyer, Bahar Soomekh, Kim Roberts, Hussein Berro, Lyriq Bent, Mpho Koaho


This project was announced immediately after the box office success of the second film. The release was once again set for Halloween of the following year, meaning we'd get yet another sequel in less than a year's time. Normally when a project is put on a fast track such as this the quality of the product is greatly hindered, but so far the Saw franchise has proven otherwise. I suppose it's the fact that a lot of the original people keep returning, but whatever the reason is, Saw 3 definitely didn't let us fans down. Although I found this to be the weakest of the three, it's far from being a bad movie. Many of the questions we had throughout the first and second film are answered, which essentially ties up a lot of loose ends. Instead of following another group of people trapped in a room, this movie is played out mostly with flashbacks and in the present primarily dealing with Jigsaw as he and his subordinate Amanda kidnap and force a talented young doctor into performing surgery on him in hopes of saving his life.

The movie has some teeth-clenching scenes that attempt to top some of the games played in the previous films, that I personally didn't find all that hard to watch, but then again I might have been expecting a little too much given all the hype that was surrounding the film at the time. A lot of fans said it was the goriest and some consider it the best in the series. Although the film does have a decent amount of gore, I'm not sure if I'd actually consider it the goriest. Much like its predecessors, this film delivers another twist at the end, which was surprisingly predictable compared to the way the first two ended. Regardless, this film is another solid installment in what thought to be the end of the trilogy. It was later revealed after this opened at the box office that a part four was in the works with yet another Halloween release. Though, this time we won't see the return of director Darren Lynn Bousman or writer Leigh Whannell. Instead, the studio has a number of writers on the payroll, in hopes of delivering a fresh new addition to the series. What this could mean to the franchise remains to be seen, but I'm personally not keeping my hopes up.

Another solid installment in the Saw franchise. The film answers a lot of questions we may have had during the first two films and ties up a lot of loose ends. Definitely recommended.

Posted on July 3, 2009 - 12:19am | FrighT MasteR

 

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