Me and My Nine Iron

November 4, 2010

Saw 3D review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 6:32 pm

The seventh and final Saw in the soon-to-be $800 million franchise delivered the goriest, most trap-filled film in the series. With a record 11 traps in this 90-minute movie, the writers left it all on the table (including the infamous “Garage Trap,” which producers left out of previous Saws because it was “too violent,” “too disgusting” and “just wrong”) to have Jigsaw’s legacy go out with a bang. The film was edited and re-submitted six times to finally obtain an R rating.

After Saw 6 had a relatively modest box office performance ($65 million against its $11 million production budget, though, it was the first Saw to make under $100 million worldwide), Saw 8‘s plot concept was integrated into Saw 3D to bring closure, and there wasn’t without some exciting plot twists for a movie that most would perceive to be about brainless torture.

Don’t get me wrong, this movie had its share of flaws. The story was clearer than the previous Saws, especially with all the flashbacks that can throw off the non-hardcore fans, but some of the traps continued to be lazy, which really goes against what the whole Saw legacy is all about.

Then, there was the issue of the undeserving people dying and the whole madness of the new games, which isn’t what Jigsaw’s about. I know Hoffman is supposed to be this diabolical serial killer, but the games were losing their meaning. The producers probably could’ve continued to pump out movies annually while remaining profitable for the next decade if it was all about the money, but the story was getting weak with Jigsaw’s apprentices.

I’m glad it came to an end, and they managed to keep it smart. It was a highly enjoyable, gut-wrenching Saw movie that was nothing less than what I’ve come to expect.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5




  1. Seven, Chris.

    Intriguing concept, Dan. I’m putting it on the list.

    Comment by Bryan — November 5, 2010 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  2. Have you seen the Cube?

    I think it’s on par with Saw I, and i LOVED Saw I. If you can, you should rent it on netflix or something.

    Comment by Dan — November 4, 2010 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  3. There’ve been eight “Saw” movies? Wow. Aligning each release with Halloween is smart.

    Comment by Chris Le — November 4, 2010 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

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