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Saw 3D Movie Review


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2 stars

Well, it isn’t a prequel, but if you seriously think that everything has been leading up to the wooden acting that plagues Saw 3D, then you are sadly mistaken.  Sure, you’ll get answers.  You’ll get gore.  The 3D - while largely silly - isn’t a complete loss either.  Hell, you even get Cary Elwes again…just don’t expect much in the way of Jigsaw.  Too bad.  He’s been part of the fun of the Saw franchise chronology because – for John Kramer – death was certainly not the end, but his lessoning appearance in the series is dully noted in this the supposed final installment.  Yet, in spite of it all, Saw 3D does have its moments of cutting-edge fun, just not enough to keep the franchise propelling itself forward.

Continuing exactly where Saw VI left off, the film opens with Jill Tuck (Betsy Russell) running into police custody because she has just seen Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) survive her vengeful trap.  She asks for immunity after ratting him out as Jigsaw 2.0.  Hoffman brings his games into the public forum and kidnaps a false self-help guru, Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery) demanding that Tuck be turned over to him.  The events quickly spiral out-of-control and Hoffman’s insane asylum tricks see the light of day as everyone, including Tuck, gets “jigsawed” by him.  Yet, when he has gone too far with his revenge, he gets an unpleasant trick of his own; a scene which revisits the stomping grounds of the original film.

With a total of eleven traps in this film, Saw 3D takes the cake for the amount of gore and violence; however, its use of 3D is still just as silly as My Bloody Valentine 3D and just as ineffective.  Maybe two body-part flying sequences work, but the rest are laughable at best, making the film a victim of some poor moments of self-parody.  It that was the effect director Kevin Greutert was going for with the use of 3D, then he is certainly to be applauded for adding a bit o’ comedy into the Sawdust.  Somehow, though, I don’t think that was its intended purpose.  The effect of 3D should be to add more depth, but there’s none.  Not even in its script.  Gone are the pointed social comments that made Saw VI worthy of its number.  And gone is Jigsaw, for the mysterious Tobin Bell is little seen on-screen and extremely missed as a result.  More Mandylor isn't a substitute for Bell's absence either.

Yes, Ewles returning as Dr. Lawrence Gordon is a perfect way to bookend the series.  I’m even willing to bet that the first one would never been made if he hadn’t been in it, but there’s no surprise in his return.  The filmmakers practically told us it would happen and so it does, but his appearance is practically the only thing that breathes new life into this film and it isn’t reason enough to continue the series…even for its fans.  We deserve better and maybe even a little rest from the world of Saw next Halloween.

Saw 3D won’t be a fan favorite, but it will – hopefully – be the end.


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Saw 3DMPAA Rating: R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language.
Director: Kevin Greutert
: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
Cast: Tobin Bell; Betsy Russell; Costas Mandylor
Genre: Horror
Tagline: The Traps Come Alive
Memorable Movie Quote: "Game over!"
Distributor: Lionsgate
Official Site: saw3dmovie.com
Release Date: October 29, 2010.
Blu-ray Release Date:
January 25, 2011

Synopsis: As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...

The first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the cutting-edge SI-3D digital camera system, Saw 3D brings the horrifying games of Jigsaw to life like never before.


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Saw 3D - Blu-ray Details

Component Grades

Blu-ray Disc
2 stars

1 Star

Blu-ray Experience
1.5 stars


Blu-ray Details:

Available on Blu-ray - January 25, 2011
Screen Formats: 1.85: 1
: English, English SDH, Spanish
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1; French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Discs: 50GB Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD); Digital copy (as download); DVD copy; BD-Live; Social network features; Mobile features

This review covers the 2D blu-ray release of the film. While I am hearing good things about the 3D blu-ray, this disc is so overly processed that it simply looks like trash. The image is oversaturated, overblown, and full of the typical greens and mildew yellows of the series. Unfortunately, this transfer looks every bit of a low-budget affair.  While flesh does fly at the camera, the effect is lost on its audience. The muted palette does not pass as HD quality in spite of its AVC encode presentation in 1080p. Now, I will say that the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix certainly makes up for the lack of quality picture. Loud, bass-heavy, and never shrill, the lossless audio is presented well.



  • Because most things are relative, to suggest that the two commentaries provided are “good” one would need to understand the appeal of Saw and its franchise. That being said, the two commentaries, one provided by its producers (Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Peter Block) and the other from its writers (Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton) are quite good…and interesting.

Special Features:

Without ceremony, without pomp, the final (please?!) feature in the franchise is presented with very little in the way of supplemental material.  The deleted scenes offer a bit more gore, but nothing too substantial in story - so hoping for a glimpse of more Tobin Bell as Jigsaw should be dismissed.  The disc is full of loud and angry music vides.  Not everyone’s cup of tea, but they are there regardless

The supplemental material is as follows:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (14 min)
  • 52 Ways to Die (14 min)
  • Music Videos (21 min)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • DVD Copy
  • Digital Download
  • BD-Live Functionality


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