Jigsaw has disappeared. Now aided by his new apprentice Amanda, the puppet-master
behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled
police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives
scramble to locate him, Dr. Lynn Denlon is unaware that she is about to
become the latest pawn on his vicious chessboard.
"You have to face
a series of tests."
It's difficult to explain the plot in any detail without ruining the storyline, so instead, I give you small chunks. A doctor must keep Jigsaw alive. If he dies, so does she. A grieving father must decided what he will do when confronted with the people that changed his life for the worse. Saying anything else about the story line is just criminal.
Like the 2 movies before it, difficult decisions and some nasty secrets become a part of a much larger plan. It manages to explain events in Saw 1 and 2 that may have been considered plot holes. It spins the whole concept of the Jigsaw character and what he represents, and the message he is trying to say. By carefully placing events from the past in a certain order, and by introducing important sequences of the character's lives, Saw 3 manages to become a pivotal point to the series. It's not perfect, though. Constant flashbacks to memories becomes a bit tiresome. Some of the dialog could be a combination of dry, repetitive, or dumb, or all of the above. And oh yes, there will be the improbable & illogical. Big critics will focus on this, and consider the movie a waste of time.
Of course, you can toss out the psychological-babble, tell the critics to go back to their coke snorting, and just have fun watching the movie as pure horror. Of the three, this is ultimately the most bloodiest. Those of low tolerance of gore, medical procedures and general dismemberment beware: the movie theater I went to here in Winter Springs had one movie-goer faint and fall to the floor. They had to temporarily stop the movie and take her outside, an ambulance came, and took her away. Even with this interruption, the movie kept everyone awake, wanting to see more. By the end of the movie, the audience clapped. We liked what we SAW. "What has the world come to?", you say? Geez. You are in the wrong place. I'm sure there will be some Disney movie to your liking.
The traps were clever, original, and far, far deadlier this time around. It's a shame that Saw producer Gregg Hoffman passed away before this movie was produced.
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- The final shooting
draft of the script was written in under week in Toronto, Canada by Leigh
Whannell based on an idea by creator and SAW 1 director James Wan.
- According to
producer Dan Heffner, the film was sent to the MPAA ratings board 7 times
before obtaining the "R" rating, receiving the "NC-17" rating every previous
- Jeff's daughter "Corbett" was named after Leigh Whannell's actress girlfriend, Corbett Tuck.
- The producers
asked the producers of Scary Movie 4 if they could use their bathroom
set for this movie as it was an exact repoplica of the sets used in Saw
1 and 2.
- The film was
so anticipated by the fans, that the teaser trailer that was placed in
front of the film "The Descent" was bootlegged and published online on
the day of release.
- Donnie Wahlberg was at once signed on to
return as Detective Eric Matthews in flashback sequences. But later dropped
out due to creative differences.
- The "body chains" trap was shown in a preview at the 2006 Scream awards.
- According to Darren Bousman, the fans of
the "House of Jigsaw" Message board heavily influenced this film. It is
also dedicated in the memory of late SAW producer, Gregg Hoffman
after his sudden passing in December. Prior to the release of Saw II.