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18
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Bahar Soomekh
Angus MacFadyen
Dina Meyer
Shawnee Smith
Tobin Bell
Kim Roberts.
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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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Good, scary stuff. Even at the third film, the twists and turns of the plot were unpredictable and unexpected. There are some very tense sequences, although by this stage the gore is becoming more and more prevalent. Overall, it's a great end to the trilogy - if it is the end - and better than the almost-as-good second film. And Tobin Bell got top billing, which is abviously a great thing. ... More

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Posted by The Disciple at 12:36, 11 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE:

I saw(!!) this last night, it was ok, some nice gruesome moments but ot as good as the 1st or even the 2nd. The most entertaining thing for me was watching my girlfriend cower behind her jacket. Not much of a plot, lets hope they leave it at that, not sure how it would go into a 4th, but they probably will. ... More

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Posted by Dready at 12:07, 11 November 2006 | Report This Post


What a let down this was. The best thing about this was the torture scenes, which to be fair is the key selling point. They were truely painful to watch, one particular scene has a guy with loads of hooks attached to him, a bit like a scene from Hellraiser. Apart from the grotesque torture, the film doesn't have anything else to offer. It spends most of its time in flashbacks to Saw 1 and 2, mostly showing things we already knew and only explaining a tiny bit extra which we really didn't need to... More

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Posted by dj vivace at 10:48, 10 November 2006 | Report This Post


Boooooooooring...

I thought the first one was great, the second one not so good but this one... It's rubbish & not scary. The acting is atrocious, the plot a totally pathetic joke, the gory scene were very fast, as gory as possible without any point leaving you to just cringe but not care, the ending painfully long with “educational” flashbacks for anyone not remembering 1 & 2 or that were senile enough to not remember what happened 10min ago, filled with boring predicable “twist̶... More

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Posted by Ria at 19:20, 08 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Saw 3

What is this at the end of the day but an excuse to offend? Yes, it does that quite well, but the third movie is not as well conceived as the first one, but better than the second. I thought it was good value for money and I managed to stay awake all the way through, which is more than can be said for the the second one. Giving it a three is like giving Borat a five (nudge to Empire here). Whilst on first viewing it seems worthy of the mark, on reflection there are too many things that are... More

Posted by bobsmith1698 at 09:16, 07 November 2006 | Report This Post


Good gore

This is better than Saw 2. It has loads of blood and bone crunching. It also develops the story a bit and fills in some gaps from the previous film. Nice twist at the end and a cliff hanger for Saw 4. ... More

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Posted by mingmong9 at 16:06, 06 November 2006 | Report This Post


Good gore

This is better than Saw 2. It has loads of blood and bone crunching. It also develops the story a bit and fills in some gaps from the previous film. Nice twist at the end and a cliff hanger for Saw 4. ... More

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Posted by mingmong9 at 16:06, 06 November 2006 | Report This Post


not bad...

Not bad, but not great either. As someone has already said, if you have only seen the first, I probably wouldn't bother with the second and third installments. Saw is a great stand-alone film, and it was much better leaving us asking who? why? etc. ***SPOLIERS?*** Amanda was very irritating, and seemed like the character had been twisted just to fit the story. Overall, it just seemed like the story had been rushed as it had potential to tie up loose ends, and be left as a trilogy. I... More

Posted by mixtapes at 11:43, 06 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Better Than Expected

i watched this after work this evening, and to be honest, i spent most of the time hiding behind my jacket, and i couldnt eat my hotdog (a waste!)...i know im a wimp... although im not usually that bad. honest. i watched the other two on rental, so the big screen was a bit too much for me, hardcore nastiness, the grossest one for me, worst bits for me was the guy smashing his foot to bits, and the guy getting everything in a twist.... as everyone has made clear, and to which i agree... 1st was ... More

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Posted by joyous at 00:46, 06 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Better Than Expected

i thought the flash backs were cool, well, they were good anyway. it explains how a man dying of cancer set up all these traps; she was in it from   the start!!! that was great! ... More

Posted by kumar at 17:39, 05 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Better Than Expected

es with Saw 3:t=arial] really need the operation scene?! Did nothing but take up 10 minutes of screen time that could have been filled with plot (I'll get to that one in a bit)t=arial] ntless flash backs to the previous films were unneccesary to say the least and did nothing to advance the plot.t=arial] w 2 its full of dumb characters that you could'nt care less aboutt=arial] g the boundaries of taste" is what the creators call it but all it did was bore met=arial] stop with the flashy, qu... More

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Posted by stuieboy at 12:52, 05 November 2006 | Report This Post


Better Than Expected

I really liked Saw, hated Saw 2 so wasn't fussed about seeing this one but found myself with a few hours to kill so thought why not (see the film that is, not commit murder!)? To be honest it was much better than expected with some good gruesome moments to keep the gorehpunds entertained. My biggest problem with it was the same as with Saw 2 in that I hated the Amanda character and just found her irritating. Her use of the C word for shock value missed the mark by a mile and failed miserably.... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 08:07, 05 November 2006 | Report This Post


I don't want to play anymore games!

I loved the first, liked the second. But this one was tedious. Especially all the flash backs to the first and second films. Clearly filler. Ironically the gore cancelled this one's affectiveness as a horror. Hopefully there will be no more of these movies. ... More

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Posted by Gold Digger at 23:38, 04 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: hmmmm

Well having being utterly horrified at the dire mess that was Saw II, I wasn't holding out much hope for this one.    However I have to say, in comparison to the second this one was a vast improvement.  Far more inventive than the second and much better acted too.  However Angus Mcfayden?? Surprised at him choosing this role...much as I was surprised at Donnie Wahlberg for appearing in the pile of crap, Saw II.  However, as I was saying, definitely an improvement o... More

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Posted by Sway at 22:30, 02 November 2006 | Report This Post


pile of poo

First half for me was unwatchable gore. Second half someone obviously realised theyd forgotton to put in a plot, shoving a makeshift twist you can see a mile off. I really liked the first, thought it was inventive, the second was OK and this was rubbish. Enevitable really... ... More

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Posted by pikey at 09:58, 02 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Saw 3

Not a bad film, but not a great one either. The gore was as inventive as the first two films but, in the current resurgance of gore-fest movies, inventive torture isn't enough to satisfy. The story was a bit iffy, as was the acting and a further sequel would just see the franchise plunge headlong into the friday the 13th and nighmare on elm street territory. Personally i would like to remember the SAW films as they are and not what they would become if any more are made (remember what hap... More

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Posted by soldier 1 at 09:21, 02 November 2006 | Report This Post


Saw 3

Even by current horror movie standards {i.e.Hostel,Texas Chainsaw Masacre:The Beginning},Saw 3 is pretty strong meat. Before ten minutes are up we see a man smash his foot to pulp with a club to free it from a chain,and another guy pulling out hooks which are on the ends of chains and embedded in various parts of his body. And lets not get into the brain surgery. This film doesn't hold back at all. But does this make it any good? Not much else about Saw 3 is memorable. There's little of the s... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 21:24, 01 November 2006 | Report This Post


Saw 3

I thought Saw 3 was good. I don't think making the inevatable Saw 4 is a good idea. They keep using flashbacks to flesh out the story which is a bit pointless. For people who have seen the other films. ... More

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Posted by Crazy at 21:03, 01 November 2006 | Report This Post


Saw 3

I thought Saw 3 was good. I don't think making the inevatable Saw 4 is a good idea. They keep using flashbacks to flesh out the story which is a bit pointless. For people who have seen the other films. ... More

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Posted by Crazy at 21:03, 01 November 2006 | Report This Post


Saw 3

I thought Saw 3 was good. I don't think making the inevatable Saw 4 is a good idea. They keep using flashbacks to flesh out the story which is a bit pointless. For people who have seen the other films. ... More

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Posted by Crazy at 21:02, 01 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: A misunderstood masterpeice?

Perhaps a Hostel without the soft porn opening half hour? or just another Saw movie? Not too great, but alright I guess. The kind of film inexperienced horror watchers hail as 'the best thing ever.' ... More

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Posted by Keyser_So_So at 16:34, 01 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: A misunderstood masterpeice?

L: craigmick The concept behind Saw is incredible. A genius serial killer who places his victims in elaborate puzzles so they will face the fear that has been controlling their life, and their only way out is to go against the one thing that drives them. In some ways he is trying to help them, but be it through their weakness or inability to go against what they believe, they normally fail, gruesomely. With each new instalment the game is made more complex and more intriguing. We learn mor... More

Posted by kenada_woo at 16:15, 01 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: No need!

I was more excited to see this movie than i was for the second Saw movie and i have to say it was incredible better than the second, it wasnt overly good but it was watchable and cringeable . 3 out of 5 ... More

Posted by ladygrim at 16:01, 01 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: No need!

The first one was OK. Poorly acted but with some original ideas. The second film was quite shit. Boring, uninventive, still mostly poorly acted. But I still want to see the third... ... More

Posted by Bickle at 11:35, 01 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE: No need!

I loved the first film, thought the 2nd was decent and while I enjoyed the 3rd as well, it left me feeling a little cheated.   The plot wasn't as inventive as the first 2 and it was quite obvious where the film was headed.  I thought that it tried to be as grusome as possible, and while there were as many 'cringe' moments I found the plot lacked a little.    It does leave an opening for a 4th film, but if the downward spiral continues, I fear that it won't be u... More

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