Thursday, November 12, 2015

SAW III (aka Saw 3)

Saw III Movie Review

Cancer ridden "Jigsaw" John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is now confined to his bed, and when Amanda (Shawnee Smith) is unable to care for him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) is brought in. Her trap? She has a metal necklace that will explode if she roams outside the immediate area or if Kramer dies. Meanwhile, a man named Jeff (Angus Macfadyen) must work through a maze of traps holding people he feels are responsible for the death of his son, and must decide if he will let them die or sacrifice himself physically to help him live. The third film in the series, once again directed by Darren Lynn Bousman but, for the first time since the original film, written by Leigh Whannell, gets the series back on track after the hiccup that was the second film. As we see Jigsaw start to slip away physically we see Amanda become a more complete character, and we are introduced to Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), a character who would take front and center in future Saw films. The violence? Oh yeah, it's here. The traps are incredibly brutal, and this film contains the answer to the question I am asked so often: "So Josh, of all the traps in the Saw series, which one would you dread being trapped in most?"

The answer
Saw III also gives us something we've not seen before: a trap that made it impossible for the victim to survive, something Kramer did not approve of. The acting takes a step up from the previous installment, and Bell, who is absolutely awesome as Jigsaw throughout anyways, really turns in a phenomenal performance here. The story builds upon the one we already know while setting up the movies to come, the traps are fantastic, and the ending is jaw dropping. While not the classic the original Saw is, this one is really, really good.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8
Saw III Movie Trailer

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