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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Tobin Bell
Costas Mandylor
Betsy Russell
Sean Patrick Flanery
Gina Holden
Chad Donella
Laurence Anthony
Dean Armstrong
Naomi Sniecku
Cary Elwes.
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Kevin Gruetert.
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90 minutes

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Saw 3D
The seventh instalment goes to the third dimension


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Plot
Bobby Dagan (Sean Patrick Flanery) has become a celebrity by claiming to be a ‘Jigsaw survivor’ – he and his entourage are abducted by Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), the cop who has been carrying on Jigsaw’s legecy, and run through a gruesome gauntlet of death-traps.


Review
Saw 3D
This year’s Saw is in 3D, which makes for some buzzsaw-in-your-face and guts-splattered-on-your-glasses action, but is one of the less satisfying entries in the hardy franchise, and certainly a step down from last year’s much more pointed Saw VI.

Cary Elwes, the doctor who lost a foot back in Saw, returns to the series (cuing another explanatory montage that fills in more of the evolving backstory) and something we’ve been threatened with ever since the first film finally happens (spectacularly and messily). However, this middling effort suffers from a thinly-conceived main thread about bogus celebrity (though Celebrity Saw remains a great idea) that has less resonance than last year’s assault on the American medical insurance racket, a bucketful of leftover plot threads about the feuding heirs to Jigsaw’s trap business – will Hoffman avenge himself on Kramer’s widow (Betsy Russell) and can you remember who all the players are? - and the relative absence of the dead-since-Saw III real Jigsaw (Tobin Bell).

There are one or two ingenious challenges, though repetition has dulled the original charge of these Mouse-Trap-With-Gore set-pieces, and the beginnings of a nice idea in the self-help group for mutilated veterans of previous sequels. After one survivor has tearfully explained that her ordeal made her a better person, someone who hasn’t learned their lesson snaps ‘you know what’s the best thing about being made to cut off my own arm? Handicapped parking at the mall.’


Verdict
There are a scattering of infallibly cringe-making horrors, but on the whole Saw 3D could do with more depth.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Saw 3D

Saw VII returns with gleeful gore, but as the tourture scenes become more boring, so does the whole film. It's a fitting finale to a series that was always uneven to begin with. ... More

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Posted by norgizfox at 03:16, 24 June 2012 | Report This Post


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Sloppily filmed, poorly acted, and illogically plotted, Saw 3D leaves viewers trapped in the most lackluster installment of the series. They should have ended it with Saw VI. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 21:13, 05 January 2012 | Report This Post


Good

Finaly we now know what happened to Doctor Gordon and the ending is realy enexpected, but it's strange how Jigsaw went from a big issue (the American Medical Insurance Racket) to a less important one (a man lying he escaped from a trap) and you can't help but feel they ran out of ideas to carry the plot out. They should have ended it on the brilliant Saw VI. One more thing, has anybody heard of shit 3D. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 10:56, 10 April 2011 | Report This Post


A Minor Pickup For The Ailing Franchise

In all honesty, the Saw series was dead in the water from III onwards (some would even go so far as to say it was dead the instant sequels started being made), but in this final instalment of the gory and rather pointless series, the story is given one final stab, so to speak, and it really shows. Sacrificing the brutality of the three previous instalments for a more story-driven offering is a definite plus, and for once, the twist actually feels like it was worth waiting for. On the whole, thou... More

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Posted by blaud at 17:24, 15 March 2011 | Report This Post


Tragic. ... More

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Posted by reminn at 23:50, 18 November 2010 | Report This Post


Saw 3D: Not So Much.

Well I was really looking forward to watching this but this has got to be the first time I have got bored watching a Saw film. I was disappointed that it only revolved around 1 person but it did have a great twist and ending to it. I thought considering it was shot in 3D there wasn't much 3D in it. Overall it came across as rushed, but it did sum up the story, the doctor didn't seem to fit in to the story and looked like he had just been cast to please the audience but what can you expect, the e... More

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Posted by LUCASLITTLEWOOD at 20:37, 04 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Who Cares !!!

I was expecting this to be a load of old bollocks, but with my expectations so low I actually quite enjoyed it. Some great gore gags make up for the absolutely ludicrous events and plot turns this series always throws up. Not a great deal of 3-D action to report, but if this really is the end then it's gone out on a reasonable high. 3 stars ... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 16:58, 04 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Who Cares !!!

Some decent kills but the big reveal towards the end is forehead slappingly stupid. ... More

Posted by Ste7enForever at 13:38, 04 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Who Cares !!!

Admittedly since the original Saw has just produced an annual garbage. But you say who cares - yet Saw has just become the biggest grossing horror franchise of all time - so clearly loads of people care  as they are flocking to see it every Halloween.  ... More

Posted by djimi42 at 11:06, 04 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Who Cares !!!

Overall a pretty good film that fits in nicely with the rest of the Saw family   Thought the plot was quite good - guy cashing in on jigsaw then falling foul of his "sins" - the set pieces were as gory as youd expect though the blood and body parts looked very cheap - almost pink and you could clearly tell they were fake.   The acting & dialogue on the other hand was appaling - especially the lead cop, could he be more wooden?   Not sure about the r... More

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Posted by daemonic at 09:42, 04 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Who Cares !!!

I have kind of mixed feelings about the Saw franchise.  The extreme blood and gore appeals to the old gorehound in me, and there's plenty of twisted invention at play in these films, while for once they have a continuing plot that requires a bit of attention.  However, the dragging of things out has been ridiculous,  especially with the need to include Tobin Bell in every film even though he died in number three, and none of the films except for maybe the first one ... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 20:17, 03 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Who Cares !!!

I liked it. Much better than IV or V, and possibly better than VI too. It does a pretty good job of rounding things off (although there's still plenty unexplained should another sequel be forthcoming) and there's the usual round of bloody traps to enjoy. I've followed this series through from the beginning so it's a bit weird to see it finish, but I'm glad I stuck it out. Haters gonna hate, etc. The Saw films ... More

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Posted by tommyjarvis at 16:46, 31 October 2010 | Report This Post


Who Cares !!!

Honestly......does anyone care anymore about this crap !! ... More

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Posted by mickredhead at 12:57, 31 October 2010 | Report This Post


Who Cares !!!

Honestly......does anyone care anymore about this crap !! ... More

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Posted by mickredhead at 12:57, 31 October 2010 | Report This Post


I'll wait for the DVD, which is what i always do when it comes to Saw movies. ... More

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Posted by D.J at 15:08, 30 October 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Saw 3D

Complete and utter bobbins. 3D effects is pish weak, used very little and adds nothing. Sub par acting on most count bordering on self parody, along with some very odd scripting. However, the ending is absoloutely perfect for the series to go out on. Swings and roundabouts really. Some nice gore as well. ... More

Posted by The Todge at 01:42, 30 October 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Saw 3D

Saw this earlier today. Eh, I really enjoyed it, which is all that matters. ... More

Posted by nhassell at 22:55, 29 October 2010 | Report This Post


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