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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-

The sixth movie of the “Saw” franchise has the usual ingredients that fans of the series enjoy: traps that lead to gory deaths that will make the audience cringe and probably laugh, rapid-fire cuts in editing, a fast pace, and the surprise twists at the end.  Although Jigsaw (played by Tobin Bell) is dead, he makes appearances through flashbacks and causes pain and suffering via his last wishes that is given to his wife and Costas Mandylor, who plays a dirty cop who continues the work of making people suffer and die for not appreciating their lives — apparently, being a smoker or a secretary to an insurance company is enough to put you in one of the traps.  As Mandylor carries on the brutal games, the F.B.I. comes close to revealing who the new Jigsaw is, forcing Mandylor’s hand to prevent this from happening.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Saw VI” is the scene when Shawnee Smith’s character is revealed to have some connection with what happened to Jigsaw’s unborn child — a connection that will lead to some of the crucial moments of this movie.

Making most of the victims in “Saw VI” health insurance workers was an interesting way to try to get the audience to get more emotionally involved in the story.  After all, isn’t it more fun to see characters you hate suffer?  Despite this and the extra revelations of how some major characters are connected with the others, this series is well past retirement age.  But as long as it is profitable, Hollywood will prop it up on walkers and an oxygen tank and put it to work again.

— M

Grade C +

The very first in a long and successful movie franchise, “Saw” has two extremely unfortunate guys (played by Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell) chained to pipes in a large, disgusting bathroom.  From hazy memories and clues given to them in the room, they realize that they have been kidnapped by a serial killer named Jigsaw in order to play out a vicious, painful and bloody game in order to escape.  Should the two men refuse to play, there will be severe consequences.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Saw” is the scene when Elwes reaches his breaking point and uses a hacksaw to begin his escape.  Although cringeworthy, it is mild compared to what future “Saw” movies has in store.

“Saw” works because 1) it moves fast thanks to a tight script and frenetic editing that can be annoying most times; 2) there is the mystery of who the serial killer is; and 3) it offers the audience very interesting and sadistic ways to kill the victims.  Weaknesses of “Saw” are: 1) Elwes’ often melodramatic, soap opera-ish acting; and 2) Danny Glover’s cop character who makes one stupid move after another, making me wonder if he had a brain.  Taken as a whole, “Saw” is an entertaining movie for fans of so called “torture porn” horror movies.  Seeing the traps/puzzles alone is worth the price of admission.

— M

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