Directed by Kevin Greutert
Movie Review by Linda Cook
Well, I think I've finally seen the final "Saw," this time in 3-D.
I can't imagine why you'd start watching with the last chapter of this gorefest franchise. Most of the folks I've talked to have seen all the prior movies, and you almost have to watch them in order to really take in the revelations from the finale.
You probably are familiar with Tobin Bell as John, or "Jigsaw," the mastermind behind the infernal "puzzles" that force people to perform horrible acts to stay alive or keep their loved ones alive. The Jigsaw character has long since expired, but he returns here (in one of the film's best scenes) via a flashback. In fact, this movie has many flashbacks that help bring the story to closure, so you'll see some familiar faces.
This one doesn't mess around with the slayings. It starts with a very public, ghastly, dual-power-saw-centered killing that is witnessed by dozens, if not hundreds, of people. Several in the crowd are using their cell phones to call for help while others are holding up their cell phones to take pictures and video of the carnage that's about to unfold behind glass, where it can easily be viewed.
I don't want to give away too much, but let's just say that someone is following in Jigsaw's footsteps. And that person is focused on slaying two people.
The first is Jigsaw's former wife, Jill (Betsy Russell). She knows she is being pursued, and goes, in desperation, to talk with a police officer to beg him to keep her safe.
The killer also is hunting down a popular author named Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery), who appears on talk shows and at book signings to discuss how surviving one of Jigsaw's deadly contraptions gave him a better perspective on life.
Of course, the killings involve a lot of other people, too, including a racist whose back is glued to a car that's the center of a deadly device.
If you want character development, look elsewhere. This is strictly for longtime "Saw" fans, gorehounds and those who enjoy watching blood splatter right before their eyes in 3-D.
Do I think this is the last of the "Saw" offerings? Yes, I do. It ends the way it should. I just wish it could have been done with a little more flair.
Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Dean Armstrong, Chad E. Donella