When Saw 3D hit theatres, the seventh installment of the Jigsaw franchise had changed from being the new Saw film to being the last. The new Blu Ray/DVD combo release continues to highlight the film as the last of the series by being billed as “The Final Chapter.”
Most franchises are usually quite stale by the third film, let alone the seventh one, but Saw 3D found new ways to torture, shock and scare its audience without the cheese of futuristic plots (thank you Jason X) and campy comedy (thank you to all Child’s Play sequels). And that’s really what sets Saw apart from the Jason and Freddie franchises.
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gather to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.
At no point did the original story get muddied down with unnecessary plot lines or unbelievable twists. Instead, it continued on with established characters such as Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), with a strong script packed with clever twists, chills, thrills and creative torture sequences.
Some of the film’s games might not come across as creative as when we first witnessed Jigsaw’s vision in the first two films, but poor Evan (Chester Bennington) seems to have taken the brunt of what could be the harshest punishment delivered in the franchise to date. His self-inflicted pain was horror and terror at its best. There wasn’t a person in the house who didn’t think they were witness to his suffering.
The film was the first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the SI-3D digital camera system, and the gore effects were greatly improved. It was nice to see that the 3D effects were not overly used or used “just because”, but rather to enhance the brutal realism of the film. Director Kevin Greutert, who has been involved in various roles in the franchise since the beginning, might have just established himself as a master of the SI-3D film and changed the way we view horror flicks.
Even the presentation in non-3D on a regular Blu Ray or even the accompanying DVD is still clear and exciting. The SI-3D camera has brought a new life to both Blu Ray and DVD with sharp and clear picture quality and sensational colours.
The movie is not for those who haven’t seen at least one of the other Saw films, but for those who have, it’s the best of the bunch and a great way to end the franchise. The let games end…