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Grade C-


Supposedly meant to be the last of the “Saw” movies, “Saw 3D: The Final Chapter” once again takes us into a gory and cringe inducing ride with the usual plot holes.  But a solid plot and fine acting isn’t what fans of this series are focusing on.  Outrageous traps and bloody deaths and more insight into the ever growing list of “Saw” characters are all that’s required.   And we get that in spades.

So, in this “chapter” of the series, Sean Patrick Flanery plays a Jigsaw trap survivor who earns the wrath of Jigsaw — or whomever is carrying on Jigsaw’s work — and finds himself in a series of elaborate traps that force him to make very difficult decisions and painful actions in order to save those he cares about.  Interwoven within this main plot are numerous subplots that try to tie up many of the loose threads in the previous movies.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Saw 3D: The Final Chapter” was the scene near the end when a major character is killed.  This character happened to be my favorite one of the series, so I was sorry to see this character get killed…and in a horrible way to boot.

There’s no sense in me saying adios to this movie franchise since there is another “Saw” movie after this.  And so the ride continues…

— M

Grade C +

For those who are Roman numeral challenged, “Saw V” is the fifth movie of the “Saw” series.  Mostly this movie is about one of Jigsaw’s proteges and how this person came to be just that.  It’s a somewhat interesting origin story; and of course, “Saw V” has the traps (half of which are a bit boring compared to the previous “Saw” movies), the cruel and bloody choices the victims have to make to “redeem” themselves, the frenetic editing, the fast pacing, and the lean sets.  What we no longer get are the clever, non-linear story-telling that gives us several twists and surprises in the end.

The shenanigans are also amped up in “Saw V.”  Many traps are huge, set pieces that would take an army of MIT grads with lots of disposable cash to set up.  But we are to believe two or three people (including a near-death cancer patient) did all this.  There is a limit to suspension of disbelief.  Also, there’s a difference between suspension of disbelief, and suspension of b.s.  The former is fairly easy for moviegoers to do; the latter…not so much.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Saw V” is the scene when two victims put their arms in traps that have buzzsaws so that enough blood can be drawn to release the locks and set them free.   Gruesome, cringeworthy, and a bit funny because both victims were making faces that looked like they were having orgasms.

This fifth installment of the “Saw” series continues the downward slide — regarding the quality of the script — that was started in “Saw IV,” a strong sign that maybe it’s time to put this baby to bed.

— M

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