I really had no desire to see this movie when it came to theaters. I couldn't believe that they actually found a critic who called it "the best Saw yet". The problem with that was two-fold:
- If it were true, it wasn't hard to do considering the laugh-fest that the ending of the original had
- "Yet" implies they aren't done and there are more to come.
Regardless, I had invested time in seeing the first two so of course I had to see the third. As I sat there contemplating why I made the decision, I immediately had to give them credit for knowing how to get your attention quick. The first fifteen minutes of "Saw III" were the most brutal and graphic since...well...since the last "Saw".
I couldn't help but wonder all throughout the movie where the villain Jigsaw comes up with the ideas for all the contraptions he invents. They never delve much into his history. Is he ex-military and specialized in torturing prisoners to get confessions? Actually, not knowing makes it more superficial as a horror film should be. I'm sure along the line, there'll be a "Saw: The Beginning" where we'll get all that. Based on how this one ended, they now don't have much of a choice.
Choices is what the "Saw" movies have really always been about. This one's no different. Several people have to make crucial decisions that could affect their own lives as well as others. It could save a life or take a life. In a morbid way, the entire movie represents the harrowing decisions we face in our own lives. In this one especially, a man makes a decision regarding his deceased son's possessions that I'm not so sure I could even make...even if it would save a life...
Despite the whole "yet" ordeal, I kept the scene from "Scream 3" in my head where Jamie Kennedy's character explains the whole premise behind a true trilogy. There has to be a tie to the original somehow that wouldn't evolve until near the end of the movie. "Saw III" really didn't have it which indicates, just as they eluded to, there's more to come. Too bad because this one probably really was the best in the series.
My rating: B