Review: Saw IIIJanuary 16, 2008
I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated the site, and/or put up a movie review. I keep saying I’ll return to posting more often, but I’m really not sure when that will be.
I finally got around to watching the third installment of the “Saw” film series, aptly titled Saw III. The original Saw is one of my all-time favorite “Thriller/Horror” films, and although I enjoyed the second one, I didn’t think it was nearly as good as the first (but when is this ever not the case with sequels? Only ones I can think of are X-Men and Spiderman at the moment).
I hadn’t heard a lot of great things about Saw III, so I was very pleasantly surprised once I finished it. The film, although a little overly “gross” at times, was much better than I expected. It had a good storyline, good suspense, and I really enjoyed how it linked up and answered a lot of questions from the first film. It almost seems like the Saw films are an extended series, rather than individual installments.
I don’t imagine you would like Saw III if you haven’t seen Saw or Saw II. It would be akin to missing the first two seasons of a TV show then jumping in on the third. This is something you don’t often see with films. They are usually made so that, although it references the previous films, the casual viewer can jump in and the film will still make sense. Saw III would make absolutely no sense to someone who hasn’t seen the original.
I wouldn’t put Saw III up there with the original, but it’s definitely better than the second film, and definitely a film worth seeing. The Saw films are pumped out so quickly, it gives you the impression that there isn’t a lot of thought put into them, and they are done as a cash cow only. As much as they are done for the easy cash, they are also well put together and are entertaining films.
I am looking forward to seeing Saw IV, which is released this Tuesday, January 22nd.
My Rating: 7.5/10