Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Pretty decent finale

What comes to mind when I say: 3D horror film? Probably big pop-out 3D moments complete with blood and guts exploding out of the screen. Well, sure enough Saw 3D has that element, but you also have to take into consideration that this is the final chapter in the Saw series. Some say FINALLY, some cry tears of sadness at the end of an era. I am glad it’s over, but sad to see such a collectively interesting series end. So how was the final film? Did the 3D help? Could 2D be just as good? Let’s just take it one question at a time while looking into Saw 3D.

Bobby (Sean Patrick Flannery) is a best-selling author who has been through the traumatic experiences of being a Jigsaw victim…or has he? After John realizes who Bobby is, and the truth about him, Bobby is tossed into the ring of Jigsaw’s latest setup. His test? He has an hour to save his wife and come clean about his experiences. Along the way, he must attempt to save the people in his life that know his deepest darkest secrets. Meanwhile, it’s a cat and mouse game for Hoffman (Gostas Mandylor) and Jill (Betsy Russell). Hoffman survived Jill’s attempt on his life, and after setting up the game for Bobby, he sets after the entire police department as well as Jill. However, a face from the past may change everything; and I mean everything.

So. This is the final chapter, huh? I guess the main question is…does it feel conclusive and satisfactory? The answer to that is “yes” and “no”. Yes, because it really does wrap things up nice and tight, and No, because if they really wanted to, they could give the film more sequels of spinoffs. There were hints placed there just in case they decided to go that route. I think we can all agree we’re happy they didn’t go that route. The movie, in general, makes sense. You are happy with how it decided to wrap things up.

The 3D is actually pretty good if you’re into that kind of thing. Sure, there are pop-out moments, as any horror film in three-dimensions will have, but for the most part that wasn’t the case. In that regard, I can easily say most of the film did not rely on the 3D to save it, so you can watch in both 3D and 2D and be equally happy with it. All the 3D does is bring the audience into the movie a little more, which for a series like this, is a good thing.

Acting-wise…the face from the past I mentioned in the plot description was Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes). If you have been reading these reviews every day, you will recall that I called his acting a disgrace for the first film, burying would could have been amazing. Well, he really is a good actor, he just fumbled for that movie. He does do a better job this time around, and I like his character loads better than the first film.

The twist ending is one of the best twist endings in the entire series. It doesn’t match the first one, of course, but it does finally feel like a twist ending again, making you think about the entire series collectively. It even makes sense. Now…the actual traps at this point are pretty forgettable, but the 3D will help you remember them better. Games I like to call, “Sticky leather”, “Poke Her Face”, and “Hangman” are a few that stick out above the rest.

I will soon post a series review on the Saw Collection, so look out for that. This one, though, was pretty decent.

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