Review by Dan Barbour
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The most wonderful time of year if you like the Saw film series that is. As usual, there are no A or even B-list actors – the real stars are the creative death devices that have made the series the sensation it is today. In this seventh go around, the 3D gimmick is employed to make the gruesome traps come alive. And being the seventh entry, it’s only natural that this Saw is in need of a good sharpening.
When one death trap survivor begins to cash in on his experiences in the form of a book deal, TV-shoot, and press tour, he quickly finds himself fighting for his life and confessing a deep dark secret that threatens not only his credibility, but also his life. Like earlier editions, this one has buckets of blood, loads of profanity, and plenty of traps which give victims the choice between either losing some part of their body, or dying a gruesome death.
The movie is being advertised as the final Saw, and I hope that’s true as the story really has run it’s full course and then some. This seventh film lost a lot of the originality from previous entries, and the traps seemed quite repetitive. Also, many of the deaths were not justifiable in the realm of the Saw logic. Here the filmmakers just decided to splatter as much blood on their 3D audience for sheer shock value – and that is not something I am a fan of. I’ve seen every film in this series, and overall this one falls somewhere in the middle as far as plot, quality, and creativity go.
I will say, without spoiling the ending, that the last five minutes were extremely satisfying. If you’re a Saw fan, you should see this movie if for nothing more than seeing how the saga concludes. If you’ve never seen one of these films and are curious, rent the first one. I am still impressed with how these movies connect to each other – there were characters in this final chapter that were introduced seven years ago when the series began. So while it’s not a complete waste of time for horror fans, it could have been much better. All in all, I would give this movie a 5 out of 10.
Family Take: The amount of violence alone should keep kids and teens far away from this film. There is also frequent strong profanity.
If you like Saw 3D try: As it’s scary movie season, try 28 Days Later…, a much smarter thriller about a virus outbreak in Britain.
Film: Saw 3D
Playing at: Showcase Cinemas Worcester North, Regal Cinemas Westborough, Regal Cinemas Solomon Pond Mall, and Other Major Theaters