Even if some don’t have a complete finale, all film franchises must come to an end. Who would have guessed that Saw, a small production in 2004 written by Leigh Whannell and James Wan, who also directed the film, would become the film we spent many Halloweens with?
The franchise gave birth to cinematic horror icon Jigsaw, propelling actor Tobin Bell to fame and creating a cult fan base. But after killing its iconic villain, you can only milk so much appearances from Bell until it doesn’t make sense to anymore.
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The Movie Review
With the serial killer known as Jigsaw long dead, ex-detective Mark Hoffman has taken his place creating elaborate traps, torture devices, and other deadly contraptions where victims are trapped. Those victims are forced to make difficult life-and-death decisions in a race against time.
Meanwhile, Detective Hoffman, is planning revenge against Jigsaw’s wife, who abandoned him at the end of Saw VI. Enter Bobby Dagen, a fame-hungry author who made a great fortune off his alleged position as a Jigsaw survivor in his book and talk show.
But he’s nothing like that, and he’s kidnapped along with his wife and friends into Jigsaw’s game to expose him. So, while the cops pursue Hoffman, Bobby has to negotiate Jigsaw’s traps in order to save his beloved wife.
Saw 3D (also known as Saw: The Final Chapter or Saw VII) is a torture horror film directed by Kevin Greutert. The title alone is confusing. Is it the third movie? Or is it the first Saw movie in 3D?
Following the release of Saw VI in 2009, the series was billed as the final installment of the Saw franchise. With a dip in attendance, the intention to make an eighth movie fell through, and this film marks the end of the lucrative horror franchise.
Releasing this movie in 3D was also a bad idea, as if the movie wasn’t gross enough. The fact that everything has to fly toward the viewers makes this Saw flick extremely nasty. It just comes across as a desperate move, with exploding faces, falling keys, eye pokers, and other objects flying toward the screen.
Even with the surprise return of original Saw actor, Cary Elwes, nothing about this movie is surprising. Because Jigsaw is dead, they needed to use a lot of flashbacks to keep the fans’ attention. Though apparently that wasn’t enough, because they brought back Jigsaw’s wife to the story.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the previous movies (not like they were easy to remember), it doesn’t really make sense for Detective Hoffman to seek vengeance on her.
The cast is okay, but it feels like a generic horror film cast. Tobin Bell added a lot to the franchise that Coasta Mandylor didn’t have. Although it’s expected for a Saw movie, I must warn you that they went all in on the gore for their finale. Even as a horror fan, I felt uncomfortable during the whole runtime and begged for the credits to roll.
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, the only pleasant thing about Saw 3D: The Final Chapter was that it’s the end for Saw. It’s a shame for a horror franchise that started out as original and terrifying ended up being a series of repetitive and gimmicky films. I still think the first movie was the best.
Saw II was also great, but the rest was a hot pile of garbage. It got increasingly hard to keep track of the story and all the characters. Despite the fact that this film tries to tie everything together, it didn’t give back all the time I wasted seeing every movie. Thank god it’s over!