Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Saw 3D

Saw 3D 2010
Director: Kevin Greutert
Writers: Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan
Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsey Russell, Cary Elwes, Sean Patrick Holden, Chad Donella and Gina Holden
It has taken 7 films to get us to this point and what a ride it has been. I know there are a lot of horror film fans that do not like the Saw franchise, but I have to say from beginning to end I did not see a film that I did not enjoy or was entertained by. I cannot say that for many other horror franchises. S this is the supposed final film in the series they set about resolving everything and I think they do a good job. I think if they bring it back someone else with no ties to John Kramer will have to be the killer. This film has some of the most gruesome traps and is by far the goriest in the series. The 3D effects are done very well and unlike most 3D films I never had a headache while watching it. The plot as always is intricate and the cast does a great job. The only thing I would warn against is this is not a film for the casual viewer, this is a film for the Saw fan and anyone not up to date on the films will probably be lost. But for the Saw fans this is a great way to end the series.
The plot basics are this, Hoffman (Mandylor) has escaped the trap John (Bell) had left for his wife, Jill (Russell) to complete and now he wants revenge. She goes to the police for protection and she gives them all the dirt on Hoffman they need. But he is coming after Jill. Meanwhile, self guru Bobby Dagan (Flannery) who is said to have survived a Jigsaw trap is pulled into a trap to save his wife (Holden). While Hoffman begins his intricate plan to dispose of Jill, Dagan has to traverse many traps to save his beloved wife.
This is a fantastic film. Greutert who directed the last installment does a great job with the traps. The opening public trap is a great example of this. He also ratchets up the tension between Jill and Hoffman to the nth degree and that suspense carries the film. The script is tight as well, it juggles many plotlines left from the last film and ties them all together so there are no loose ends as the film ends. The cast does an excellent job. Bell is only in it very briefly but as always he does a great job. Mandylor who has carried the franchise lately does a good job as well. Russell as Jill plays the part very manic which ratchets up the suspense. Flannery plays the douche self help guru with aplomb so you cannot help but root for the traps. Elwes return is brief but really ties the film together. The SFX and makeup effects are at there gooiest in this film and if you are a fan of the red stuff you will love it. The score as with all the Saw films is intense and beats down on you just like the film does. This is a great ending to the series and makes it one of the most solid and dependable horror franchises out there.
This one gets 4 out of 5

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