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A Seven Year Legacy Finally Reaches Its Finale...
If it’s Halloween, then it must be Saw.
We’ve heard this tag line repeated over the years, and it’s no surprise another Saw film has popped up into cinemas. There is, however, a
catch to this installment: it’s the final chapter. As a loyal fan of the
series, I was excited last year with Saw VI and saw it as the perfect opportunity
to end the series. Sure there were a few unanswered questions, but I didn’t
think it was worth another film to get the answers. Obviously, the producers
disagreed with me and not only went for a seventh installment, but also gave
into the latest 3D phenomena to cash in some bucks.
Financially, the producers put themselves in a nice position. There were tons of movie-goers paying to see Saw 3D. As far as credibility
goes, the producers threw it out the window. Saw 3D is, without a doubt, the
worst installment in the series. It’s bad…really bad…and I can’t stress that
enough. Not only does the film deliver a ridiculous plot, but it also fails
visually, leaving movie goers with empty wallets and a short-coming 3D
Saw VII…excuse me, I mean Saw 3D…tells the story of Bobby Dagen, a Jigsaw survivor who makes profit from his grisly experience by writing
books and televising interviews on television. He also acts as a counselor to
surviving Jigsaw victims, guiding them towards psychological recovery. Life
seems good for Bobby, until he is thrust into a horrific game where the goal is
to save his wife before the timer hits zero. Meanwhile, Detective Hoffman hunts
down Jill Tuck, seeking revenge over the events of the last film.
There’s a lot going on in Saw 3D, and you honestly never get bored with it. There are eleven traps (the highest in franchise history) and
the Hoffman and Jill story line is presented on the side. The problem, however,
is that we’ve seen this all before. We’ve seen someone go through a series of
tests against a timer, we’ve seen gruesome traps, and we’ve seen the now
predictable twists. Not only is the material in the film recycled, it’s poorly
made. The plot is ludicrous, the acting is horrible, the traps lack creativity,
and the 3D looks cheap and isn’t utilized at all (pretty disappointing
considering it was shot with 3D cameras).
Tobin Bell, whose character died in Saw III, is in the film for an estimated five minutes, possibly even less. Carey Elwes, who played the
infamous Dr. Gordon in the original Saw is back this time around, but also has
very limited screen time. It’s a shame that a majority of the main characters
are pushed to the side for Bobby Dagen’s game, which in essence, turns out to
be a waste of time. The traps are boring, the shock value has completely
disappeared, and you ultimately don’t feel for any of the characters in the
film. All of these cons, along with the cheap 3D, make for a horrible film that
shouldn’t even bear the Saw title.
It’s even difficult putting the blame on some of the film makers. Director Kevin Greutert was forced to return since Lionsgate had a
clause in his contract for another film. He was set to direct Paranormal Activity
2, but was pulled in to Toronto a week before the filming of Saw 3D. He
attempted vigorous re-writing of the script, but it proved to be difficult since a
majority of the sets were already built. Greutert tries his best to salvage the
film, but it ultimately falls into pieces due to the production and incoherent
story line. Producer Mark Burg and writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan
should be ashamed for giving into 3D and crazy fan theories online.
Overall, the only positive thing about Saw 3D is that the franchise is finally over. It’s run its course, and while I expected the film
to be poor, I didn’t expect it to come to this. After following the franchise
for six long years, I honestly feel betrayed and cheated after the final twist.
The Saw franchise started with an interesting concept and ran with it, but it
fell flat on its face at the finish line.
My Spill Rating: SOME OL' BULLSHIT!!!