Saw 3D – Reviewed by Pinheadspenpal
Running time: 90 mins
Starring: Costas Mandylor, Sean Patrick Flanery, Betsy Russell
I know the majority of people have given up with the Saw franchise, and even though most of the films were just not good, I still watched them to the very end (at least I think this is the last one!).
So basically each film has two storylines – you have the main part of the film about people trapped in insane, impossible to break free of with so little time, machines and the one plot that has been going on behind the scenes from the very beginning. Although it seems clever – it is in fact very confusing and I could barely keep up.
Saw 3D begins with a flashback of Dr Gordon, the infamous one footed victim of Jigsaw. We see him slowly sliding to freedom, only stopping to cauterize his wound. The audience is all ‘oh yeah forgot about him’ it’s been so long since we found out what happened to him that no one really cares any more. Moving on, the film starts with a Jigsaw game, this one involving two guys who are in love with one girl. The girl hanging above them slowly lowered to be skewered by a buzz saw unless the guys do something about it. Oh yeah and all this is happening in public in a storefront window for the public to watch and record on their phones.
The film then continues from the ending of the previous film showing how Hoffman managed to escape the jaw breaking gadget that Jill Tuck left him in. And then the film moves on to the main storyline, like all the others, about a man who has an hour to rescue his wife – but not before trying to free people he knows along the way.
I actually liked this film. This and the original Saw are the only good films out of the lot. It doesn’t offer anything new, it’s the same premise as the other films and it does get irritating having to follow a load of storylines in one film, but still it is worth a watch. The main story about the guy trying to get to his wife is more or less pointless. What we’re really interested in is the legend of Jigsaw that is finally coming to an end - especially since John Kramer died a few films ago! He just keeps living on in his weirdo followers, seriously this guy will never really be gone, he even has an appearance in this film for crying out loud!
I didn’t get to see this film in 3D, which is a shame as I’m sure it would’ve been much more entertaining. But nevertheless I still enjoyed it. The ending was good, there was the usual gore and everything that was ambiguous from the other films is explained. The acting was alright, a bunch of people screaming - not really Oscar nominating stuff. The ending may be obvious and some will be highly disappointed but overall it was a decent film to end the series. So if you kind of liked the Saw films I recommend seeing Saw 3D. There’s not really much more to say about it, it’s Saw so you know what you’re getting, watch it if you want or don’t - it’s as simple as that.