Monday, August 2, 2010

Saw 3 (2006)

SAW III is the perfect bookend to the original SAW trilogy, providing a worthy send-off to the series' lead villain while diving deeper into the back story of the characters and events from the previous entries. Jigsaw is back, but the tumor growing inside him has left him bedridden. He enlists the help of Amanda to oversee his final game, which also involves a young doctor who must keep him alive long enough to see its outcome if she expects to survive. Darren Lynn Bousman continues to improve his cinematic styling over the last film, incorporating a number of brilliant scene transitions over the clean filming and sharp editing techniques. SAW III's traps are also among the most sadistic and creative in the series, almost to a fault considering the fact that it would have been impossible for John Kramer and Amanda Young to orchestrate them all themselves. Its crude mechanical devices call back to the Reverse Bear Trap and other bone-cracking contraptions that were missing from SAW II. As film series go, SAW III is one of the most rewarding and satisfying sequels in the genre, and it should have remained the final piece in the puzzle.

Rating: 9/10.
Gore: 6/10.

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  1. I know people like to dump on this one, but it is my favorite Saw sequel even though I like the second one a helluva lot as well.

  2. I agree with Geof. Definitely my favorite SAW sequel. It should have ended here. It sucks that it didn't.

  3. It's strange because just about everyone I've talked to stopped watching the Saw movies after the fourth one, claiming that the third is last good film. However, I absolutely hated the third one and haven't seen a Saw since (although I will eventually work my way through them all). It's been a while since I've seen Saw III (I saw it opening weekend), but I just remember nothing working for me, especially everything with Amanda. Oh well.

  4. I still have to get around to finishing the reviews on 4-6, but Becks I despised 5 on the initial watchthrough and thoroughly enjoyed it the second time, so maybe its time to reproach the series? Think of all the dead piggies youre missing by not rewatching Saw III!

  5. I agree this is the best sequel so far. The fourth one was a head scratcher, part 5 I haven't seen from start to finish yet, but 6 was pretty good. Still, I think 3 did a lot of things right and was suitably nasty and would have been fine if it had ended there.


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