Saw III movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS SAW III FINALLY WHERE THE FRESHNESS OF THE FRANCHISE STARTS GRUESOMELY CUTTING OFF?
According to some critics, it’s meant to be, but that’s just not the case… yet… Saw III is grisly, relentlessly entertaining and very well-directed, although the talent could improve in some other significant areas.
The terminally ill Jigsaw orders his apprentice to abduct a doctor cheating on her husband who’s tasked with keeping him alive long enough for a kidnapped man seeking vengeance on the drunk driver who killed his son to complete a seperate brutal test.
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Cast: Bahar Soomekh, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg
Writer: Leigh Whannell
Release Date (Australia): 2 November 2006
Runtime: 108 minutes/1h 48m
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA, Canada
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film contain themes of torture and murder as characters face traps created by a serial killer, as well as thematic elements such as the death of a child, grief, revenge and graphic depictions of a surgical procedure.
The film contains blood, gore and injury detail as a result of scenes of torture and depictions of people being shot, impaled, cut and a man’s body being twisted by a machine.
The film contains strong coarse language in the form of one use of the word “c**t”, aggressive uses of the word “f**k”, and several uses of the words “bitch”, “s**t” and “ass”.
The film contains drug references in the form of a man injecting himself with a drug and another man calling a woman a “junkie bitch”.
The film contains a lengthy scene depicting female frontal nudity in a non-sexual context.
A woman is viewed getting off and lying next to a man implicitly after having sex in a bed.
R (for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Isn’t this movie meant to be the instalment where the respectability for where the series is headed all starts going downhill? Could anyone even anticipate that the third film in an unpromising franchise with a non-high budget could make it this far and still manage to be as enjoyable as it is? We’re talking about the highly entertaining and surprisingly credible Saw III, directed by Saw II’s director Darren Lynn Bousman, written by Saw I and II’s screenwriter Leigh Whannell, and with a new cast to continue by the sides of Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith.
Jumping from one plot to the other in extremely engrossing ways that aren’t designed to frustratingly tease audiences ready to lose their temper from leaping back and forth every few sequences, Saw III kind of has two stories that are connected to each other both happening at the same time. Jigsaw, who’s revealed to be terminally ill in the previous instalment, orders his apprentice to abduct a doctor who is tasked with keeping him alive long enough while a kidnapped man must complete a seperate but equally nasty test. This film is tremendously entertaining, is packed with extremely hard-to-watch torture/gore trap scenes and shocks us with plot twists that we don’t actually see coming.
There are moments where the acting kind of feels a bit careless, but overall, the performances are solid enough to deliver characters we actually develop some rooting for. Another reason we become invested in the situation these characters are faced with is as a result of the character development that Leigh Whannell’s script allows to interfere. The screenwriting for this movie is very, very good, and of course, while your brain is tuned in to the story, your eyes will be visually engaged by the obviously low-budget, yet well-toned cinematography and spectacular direction. Indie movies have the opportunity to find actors, writers and directors who probably aren’t that well-known, but they still prove talent. Fans of the previous films should definitely give this movie a go; despite some flaws, it’s entertaining, pleasing, well-made and the writing is brilliant.
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