I've sat through a six movie marathon of Saw-proportions and lived to tell the tale. That's aproximatively 540 minutes of blood and guts. Now I am faced with the last in the series, the one they call 3D. In the hope of reviving the franchise's financial viability, after "Saw VI" could not hold on for more than two weeks in the box-office's top 10, the worst ever performance for a "Saw" movie, the studios decided it's time to go 3D. So, for the last time, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan returned as writers and Kevin Greutert was wrestled back into the director's chair. It's well known that Greutert was going to direct "Paranormal Activty 2", but was obligated by Lionsgate, through some contractual enforcing, to drop that and return to "Saw 3D". This last one was supposed to be two separate movies, but thankfully, they decided against it. The big revelation has arrived. Was it worth the wait ? NO !
As the franchise approaches its long awaited conclusion, we once gain pick up from where the last movie left off. Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), betrayed by Jigsaw's widow, barely escapes the new and improved reverse beartrap grossly disfigured and goes out for revenge. Fearing for her life, Jill (Betsy Russel) turns to the department of Internal Affairs for protection, promising she'll go on the record about everything regarding Jigsaw's crimes. Meanwhile Hoffman sets new games in motion. One of them, extremely gruesome, which took place in a garage, baffles the investigators because of its random nature. The other involves Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flannery) a man who claims to be a Jigsaw survivor. He has made a fortune by selling his story to the media and writing books, but in fact it was all a lie. Now he must play the real game in order to save his wife, his friends and his life.
|Freedom is just barely out of reach.|
The plot is pretty bad shape too, commiting narrative suicide by the end of this flick. Absurdity is present at every turn, in every character motivation, in every twist and every trap. I completely gave up on keeping my eyes open for plot holes and just resigned to patiently waiting for this last piece of the absurd puzzle reach its conclusion. The storyline follows most of the patterns established in previous "Saw" installments, so there are basically no major surprises by the end. There are times, though, when it borders on self-parody. Normally that should be a bad thing, but here, it makes the whole thing a little more bareable.
Is it really that bad ? Honestly, it makes no difference if it is or not. Fans will eat it up. To me it was supremely dissapointing. What makes it worse is the fact that it's impossible to understand what's going on if you haven't watched every one of the previous movies, so that automaticaly shuts out newcomers. This isn't a movie, it's an "episode" and there is really no reason why such movies need to be released theatrically. They could just go straight-to-video and nobody would even notice.
|"It's a bird, It's a plane..."|
The acting is really bad, and there's not a lot of Tobin Bell or Cary Elwes to salvage this wreck. In fact, Bell's participation is so small, it could easily be considered a cameo. There's also a cameo by Chester Bennington, Linkin Park's lead singer. Apparently, he even consulted with an acting coach for his 2-3 minutes of on-screen screaming. Maybe the rest of the cast should have done the same (Costas Mandylor, I'm looking at you).
Well, in the end it seems there were plenty of things to talk about. Just not very flattering for anyone involved in making the movie. They might be disappointed this ended in seven movies instead of eight, but personally, I would have put an end to this series after part III. Still, thank God it's over. Now the world can wait for the other long-running franchise to end. The Harry Potter movies.