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Horror - Torture, Saw

Saw III (2006)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story The style and characters from the previous outings of this franchise
Writers/Script Leigh Whannell (with story by Leigh Wannell, James Wan)
Additional Info 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.
Director Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh, Donnie Wahlberg, Dina Meyer
Elevator Pitch 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.
Content 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.
A View 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.

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