Saw III (2006)

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 6/10

Continues to twist and change the story, continues the story instead of a new story

Tries way too hard to the point of not making sense

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Saw III

Studio:  Twisted Pictures

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  October 27, 2006

MPAA Rating:  R


Are we going to have a problem lady?

The search for Jigsaw is heating up after the disappearance of Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg).  Detective Allison Kerry (Dina Meyer) is haunted by the disappearance which could lead to her death.  Meanwhile, Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith) continues to work with Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) as her mentor though he is growing weaker and sicker.  Taking a doctor named Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) hostage, Amanda forces Denlon perform potentially lifesaving surgery on Jigsaw and monitors a desperate man named Jeff (Angus Macfadyen) fighting for his survival in Jigsaw’s puzzle room.


I’ve seen Hellraiser…this doesn’t end well…

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, Saw III follows the events of 2005’s Saw II.  Like most of the Saw films, it was met with poor reviews.  That didn’t matter; the film was met with huge audiences and big bucks at the box office.

Saw keeps on trucking with this story.  It begins to develop an overlapping pattern of events and reveals that tell the story as Jigsaw continues to torture the “guilty” by forcing them to choose their torture.


Rack it up!

The whole Jigsaw “game” doesn’t necessarily make sense.  It has kind evolved out of the much smarter film Seven by David Fincher in which the guilty are punished.  Here, Jigsaw keeps drawing in innocents to make the guilt decide (like the child).  Even if the kid isn’t hurt, his actions affect her life.  It isn’t about the guilty being punished so you don’t really have the benefit of really rooting for Jigsaw or those involved since usually the punishment doesn’t in any way match the crime.

The next problem with the movie is that it is way too long and unnecessarily so.  The movie is loaded with flashback reveals that tie the previous movies together and also reveal what is going on.  Most of the flashbacks are unnecessary and don’t tell anything that hasn’t already been shown in the story.  It is just rehash and keeps going.  It becomes frustrating and by the end you really don’t care about what the idiotic Amanda knows and doesn’t know.


I love you, you twisted nutjob!!!!

The acting is Saw is so-so, but I don’t like most of the characters due to the writing.  Apparently, none of the characters are smart enough to use tools.  If a character can’t reach something, they sacrifice their body to do it…instead of creating some sort of makeshift aid…yes, lets lean against freezing pipes to get a key that is just out of reach instead of just getting something to snag it with…or putting something between you and the pipes…these decisions are made over and over again by the characters in this film and you really start to get angry with them (especially when the do know Jigsaw’s game).

Saw III really, really starts to fall into an annoying pattern.  The movie series should just be called Flashback (this is one of the heavy ones) because the movie is loaded with multiple reveals of the true events of the storyline (with over dramatic music).  The story does however keep advancing and twisting and that is a plus.  Saw III was followed by Saw IV in 2007.

Related Links:

Saw (2004)

Saw II (2005)

Saw IV (2007)

Saw V (2008)

Saw VI (2009)

Saw 3D (2010)

Jigsaw (2017)

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