|Source of story
||The style and characters from the previous outings of this franchise
||Leigh Whannell (with story by Leigh Wannell, James Wan)
||With a production cost of $10 million and an opening weekend of $33.6 million this outing was on line to be a big earner, and sure enough it made $164 million worldwide.
||Darren Lynn Bousman
||Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh, Donnie Wahlberg, Dina Meyer
||A female surgeon is kidnapped and given the task of keeping “Jigsaw” alive while a man, her husband, is required to go through a series of tests concerning the people who were involved in the death of his young son. The surgeon is fitted with a collar which will decapitate her if her patient dies, and the man being tested makes his way towards her location, failing to prevent the deaths of others in macabre ways.
||Numerous unpleasant events take place in what appears to be a series of underground warehouses; a woman is killed with an iced water spray, a man is submerged in pulverised pig flesh, there are flashbacks to previous Saw films, possibly revealing how things were set up. Brain surgery takes place.
||It is said that three people fainted at the first showing of this film. The numbers say it all, but I really wonder at what we, the members of the human race, find enjoyable. Apart from the basic unpleasantness I found the flashbacks disconcerting, the semi-darkness wearing and the finale, where the dialogue appeared to have been revoiced without the makers ensuring that the mouth movements co-incided, unprofessional (maybe it was the versions I saw). So I make it an “almost don’t see”, but probably it won’t put you off.