Saw 3D (2010)

saw 3d the final chapter poster 2010 movie
4.0 Overall Score
Story: 4/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 7/10

Still some clever deaths

Takes itself way too seriously, the series is less compelling without Tobin Bell

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Saw 3D

Studio:  Twisted Pictures

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  October 29, 2010

MPAA Rating:  R


Obnoxious people dying in the window for no reason? I’m buying whatever this store is selling!

Jill Tuck (Betsy Russell) has gone to the police, and Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) is on the run.  That doesn’t mean Jigsaw is done with his games, and a new game is being played involving a writer and motivational speaker named Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery) who has lied about being one of Jigsaw’s victims.  As Hoffman hunts Jill, and Bobby tries to get through Jigsaw’s latest maze of traps, Jigsaw’s days might be limited, and Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) might have an ally that no one ever knew.

Directed by Kevin Greutert, Saw 3D (sometimes called Saw:  The Final Chapter or Saw VII) followed Saw VI in 2009 and represents the end of the series (at least for now).  The intent to make an eighth film fell through with a drop-off in attendance and this film represent the end of the money making horror franchise.  The film almost received an NC-17 rating (plus banned in Germany) and like most of the films in the franchise was panned by critics.


I’ve just come back to say you’ve made my franchise sucky since I died…

It’s over and that is a good thing.  As Saw started, I didn’t really enjoy it (still don’t), but I admired some of what it tried to do and what it accomplished with its films.  By Saw 3D, much of this admiration is gone.  Saw 3D not only is a dull Saw movie, but a boring movie that takes itself way too seriously (cue the dramatic Saw music).

The Saw films were always overblown, but this film (especially when combined with Saw VI) show a sharp decline.  The story of Hoffman and the wife of Jigsaw is much less compelling than Jigsaw’s tale in the first four films.  The logic and overly twisting and overlapping parts of the movie don’t really make much sense and end up feeling more like filler than an actual plot.


We finally get to see what that head trap thing does…

With the decision to shoot Saw VII in 3D (it was shot in 3D and not converted), it means tons of in your face shots that aren’t fun for most home viewers.  This Saw film is particularly gruesome due to the fact that everything needs to flip toward the viewers.  With disembowelings, falling keys, eye pokers and other things flying toward the screen, it comes off as more cheesy and desperate than the deaths earlier in the franchise (though Friday the 13th Part 3 still has it beat).

I think that Saw VI might have been my least favorite Saw, but this is close.  I was never a big fan and these last few films have shown the weakness of the story and lost what little momentum the series had.  I don’t really understand why Saw must “die” with this film since they left open a major window.  Saw did decide to take a break, and Tobin Bell returned returned in the relaunch movie Jigsaw in 2017.

Related Links:

Saw (2004)

Saw II (2005)

Saw III (2006)

Saw IV (2007)

Saw V (2008)

Saw VI (2009)

Jigsaw (2017)

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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