Saw 3D

15 Nov

Title: Saw 3D
Year:
2010
Director:
Kevin Greutert
Writers:
Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan
Starring:
Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Cary Elwes
MPAA Rating:
R, sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language
Runtime:
90 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating:
6.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
10%

 

I liked the first Saw movie, I really did. But it was all downhill from there with this horror franchise, which has made over $800 million worldwide so far, as every single subsequent installment has been worse than the one before it. However, this seventh film, and the first one done in 3D, had one thing going for it, it was being advertised as the last one. So yes, I was going to pass Saw 3D regardless of what happened because it meant the torture, both the one happening onscreen and being inflicted on us audiences being choked with these every Halloween, was over.

I really don’t want to go on for long about Saw 3D, let me just say that it was a considerably bad film experience. This is still a very violent film, but then again these all are, the thing is that while the first Saw’s violent scenes added to the horror aspect of it, the ones in the latter films started becoming way less original and, thus, boring, and the ones in the most recent films in the franchise were just laughable, especially the one’s in this one, in which the 3D technology has body parts flying your way, it all just looks way too silly for you to keep a straight face.

Saw 3D tries to tie up all the loose ends left in the franchise real quick, and has a new face to help tell its main story, Sean Patrick Flanery’s Bobby, who pretends he’s a survivor of one of Jigsaw’s games to get some profit out of it, only to, obviously, end up being targeted by Jigsaw who would then have him inflict some real pain on himself to save the lives of the people he loves. It’s all impeccably dumb, but, as I said, this is the last one of them, that’s the best asset this film has because you know this is the lat you’ll see of this, so you might as well sit through it with smiles, and the 3D at least is believable so you’ll have fun to see all them body parts coming your way.

But yeah, I won’t recap the story much more, but all the players from past ones get closure, I guess. Lieutenant Hoffman is there, so is Jill and even Cary Elwes came back to reprise his role as Dr. Gordon, the main character from the very decent first entry in the franchise. This is a very loud film, but I guess you can have fun at it. The thing is, there’s never a single moment that even threatens to scare you, something you should be used to with this franchise considering the latest films in it, but still, a horror film that serves up more laughs than scares is a disaster by any standards. But, I’ll say it again, this is it for this franchise, and whether we like it or not, it was a rather large cultural phenomenon in the world of film for the past decade, so we’ll watch it say goodbye in style, with organs flying at us in 3D included.

Grade: C-

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