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18
Cast
Bahar Soomekh
Angus MacFadyen
Dina Meyer
Shawnee Smith
Tobin Bell
Kim Roberts.
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Darren Lynn Bousman.
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Leigh Whannell.
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Saw III
Yet more torture and mayhem from Jigsaw


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Plot
Inventive serial killer Jigsaw strikes again, even as his health deteriorates.


Review
Saw III
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Though suffering from an exploding brain, torturer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) has a doctor (Bahar Soomekh) wired to a heart monitor with orders to keep him alive or else a gadget will blow her head off.  Meanwhile, another victim (Angus MacFadyen) runs an obstacle course: three people he blames for his son’s death are trussed to killing machines, and he gets to choose between trying to save them or gloating over their murders. 
 
The Saw films are now a proper trilogy, which means you’ve no hope of picking up the plot starting here. The upside is surprisingly good acting, but this time the script (and torture devices) are more contrived, and thus less effective. Fans of hard-to-watch impromptu cranial surgery performed with power tools will be in liquidised maggoty hog heaven, though.


Verdict
It requires a stretch of the imagination too far, but there's still plenty of gore and tricksy murders here.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Saw III

Just like Jigsaw, the storyline in the Saw series is starting to die. This would actually make a fitting conclusion, but the disappointing ending and straight-forward plot brings Saw III from a insightful thriller to basic torture-porn. Though if you like that kind if stuff, you're in for a gory treat, just don't expect anything new. ... More

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Posted by norgizfox at 03:58, 13 August 2012 | Report This Post


Saw III Review

Saw III does little beyond repeating its predecessor's tropes on a mare horrific and unpleasant gorier level. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 21:09, 05 January 2012 | Report This Post


Brilliant

A brilliant way to end the Saw franchise. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 10:20, 10 April 2011 | Report This Post


The Series Regains Some Sharpness

After the disappointment of the second coming, not much hope was held out for the series' 3rd installment. However, clearly the filmmakers have attempted to acknowledge and rectify flaws critics pointed out in the second film. And whilst they have upped the gore and brutality stakes yet again, the story is somewhat cleverer, with an intriguing final twist and scene which was capitalized on (raped) in the sequels. Not a masterpiece, by any means, but it's a barely solid genre offering that is nev... More

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Posted by blaud at 10:27, 09 March 2011 | Report This Post


Saw III: Meh.

Well I watched this film with great expectations considering the originality of the first two films but alas I was disappointed, all the film contained was traps, as elaborate as they were I still think that they are loosing the story to the gore, horror isn't all about the gore anymore, it might have been in the 80's but we want more of the why as well as how, and what there was of the story didn't really relate to the previous films. Disappointed but not turned off. ... More

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Posted by LUCASLITTLEWOOD at 16:30, 10 July 2010 | Report This Post


I SAW it all before

This is right at the point when the series became boring Saw VI would have to be brialliant to make up for all that crap ... More

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Posted by S1lent B0b at 20:28, 16 September 2009 | Report This Post


poor

don't waist your time like i did watching this fucking rubbish ... More

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Posted by bobbyperu at 23:12, 05 November 2007 | Report This Post


poor

don't waist your time like i did watching this fucking rubbish ... More

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Posted by bobbyperu at 23:12, 05 November 2007 | Report This Post


RE: saw 3

Watched this yesterday, it was miles better than the disgracefully bad Saw 2. Ok there were faults as in all horror movies, when aren't there? But the tortures were original, like the bloke with all the hooks in him and the girl frozen to death, also the bloke who nearly drowned in mushed up cows hen Saw IV out?? sp; ... More

Posted by Newander at 09:36, 12 August 2007 | Report This Post


saw 3

This film was so boring i think it made my childrens children angry. ... More

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Posted by elimonator at 12:38, 16 May 2007 | Report This Post


Completely and utterly......

Disagree, with the empire review, sorry Kim Newman. This installment was much better than the bland second chapter. Although this one slightly down on story line did result to using a hell of alot of gore to excite its audience, it worked and therefor resulted in a genrally good chapter. it is good. ... More

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Posted by JimBo! at 10:51, 01 March 2007 | Report This Post


SAW 3

I thought SAW 3 was rather good. THough it was not as good as the first or second it was still very enjoyable. Like Hostel theres loads of violence and the violence in this violence is simply torture. I thought the pig guts scene was just disgusting but the brain surgery was amazing. Overall i think this is really good but it should of been better. Loads better. ... More

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Posted by solid snake at 17:55, 19 February 2007 | Report This Post


the worst saw in the trillogy but still quite good in places. see saw 2 its the best ... More

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Posted by casino at 21:04, 18 January 2007 | Report This Post


Good but dissapointing

Better than the second which despite its premise weas absolutely shit! Saw III stretches the boundaries of your imagination a bit but its a welcome return to the twisty turny plot of the original. Some absoluetly gruesome toture devices here and that scene at the beginning where Donnie Whalberg breaks his foot with the lid of the toliet where very well done. However this excellent work is undone by over the top moments such as the brain surgery which was gruesome but so unrealistic. All in all i... More

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Posted by spideyfan666 at 20:53, 18 January 2007 | Report This Post


........

i actually threw up. i'm 14 but that's not the point. this movie should've never reached the theaters. a great twist but i prefer the second one. do not let a fourth one be released. although they anounced that they'll be starting soon. i think it would've helped if you weren't alone. but i think it was alright. whatever i managed to undrestand from the plot after consentrating on being so shocked....... trully if you managed to watch this and you're younger you're simply not serious. or you tr... More

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Posted by alexs at 16:37, 15 January 2007 | Report This Post


Hmmn....

Deeply dissapointed. The best bits were the flashback scenes to the missing parts of the first two films. I think they should make Saw the prequel, it would be far more interesting ... More

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Posted by jerkyjudas at 00:57, 09 December 2006 | Report This Post


Hmmn....

Deeply dissapointed. The best bits were the flashback scenes to the missing parts of the first two films. I think they should make Saw the prequel, it would be far more interesting ... More

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Posted by jerkyjudas at 00:57, 09 December 2006 | Report This Post


Bit harsh!

2 stars? Bit harsh I think. OK so it's not as good as the first or the second but it was OK - really thought the last 20 mins or so were good with a nice twist. And Iliked the way it linked all 3 films together. But please - no Saw 4!! ... More

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Posted by trueborndjross at 20:18, 28 November 2006 | Report This Post


Bit harsh!

2 stars? Bit harsh I think. OK so it's not as good as the first or the second but it was OK - really thought the last 20 mins or so were good with a nice twist. And Iliked the way it linked all 3 films together. But please - no Saw 4!! ... More

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Posted by trueborndjross at 20:18, 28 November 2006 | Report This Post


Oh yeah

Good twist though, if again slightly ridiculous. ... More

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Posted by killervideotape at 19:52, 21 November 2006 | Report This Post


Saw III

Ridiculous, needlessly brutal, horrendously disgusting yet hugely and disturbingly inventive. Good acting, direction and grimy cinematography are impressive but the script leaves the real bad taste in the mouth here. No wait, its the torture. Where can horror go from here until it becomes real death? ... More

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Posted by killervideotape at 19:49, 21 November 2006 | Report This Post


Bye-Bye

Hopefully we've now seen the last of the Saw franchise (although considering the box-office figures of this one, i doubt it). This one wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. Better than the second but not a patch on the originality of the first (despite Danny Glover's over the top theatrics). The acting was pretty good (up until the end when it got a bit silly - I almost laughed out loud when Jeff makes his decision) but wheras the gore in the first added to the tension and feel of the film, th... More

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Posted by Iws at 10:25, 21 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Saw III

Shit film... not as good as the first two, the plot was a non existant yet still far too complicated shambles... the torture scenes were alright but that if we're honest, that's all the production company and director give a shit about, everything else is a side issue. It's like porn, if the shagging's good, who gives a fuck about the rest?   Will they make another? Of course... the Saw and Scary Movie franchises will just keep feeding each other in a big circle of crap. &n... More

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Posted by ArtDepartmentAlbert at 01:40, 20 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Saw III

piss poor!! i started laughing it was that bad!! ... More

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Posted by charliealonso at 12:12, 18 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Saw III

1st saw, ok. 2nd saw, poo. 3rd saw, very smelly poo. this is such a naff film. how anyone can say it's scary. at the cinema i work at i've had to shut the film down twice beacuse of people fainting, at bloody what that's what i want to know, it can't be the film, maybe it's our prices. where's all the intelligent horror gone, how many times must were see this same old cack. ... More

Posted by Evil.Groovy.Ash at 03:14, 16 November 2006 | Report This Post


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