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Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished.

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More bloody mayhem from Jigsaw; not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this horror sequel isn't for kids, though plenty of gore-loving teens will probably want to see it. Like its predecessors, it follows a series of characters trapped in terrible, torturous situations. Characters meet gruesome, bloody ends: suffocation, freezing, being shot through the neck, being pulled apart while attached to hooks and chains, neck and limbs being twisted and broken, and even a head exploding. One character performs graphic brain surgery, and another -- who's emotionally tormented -- cuts her own thigh. Repeated references to a 6-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a drunk driver. A woman appears getting out of bed (post-sex) with a man; another is shown hanging by her arms, completely naked (full frontal). A doctor pops anti-depressants and appears dazed while working on a little boy in the ER. Profanity includes 35+ uses of "f--k."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about John/Jigsaw's seeming "lesson" -- that revenge doesn't stop pain or guilt, but only prolongs it. How does Jigsaw judge his victims in order to rationalize his cruelty? How can you apply his lesson to other, less sensationally violent situations? What are other options besides "getting even" with someone who wronged you? How do you see Amanda's devotion to John? Is it possible for her to "love" him? How does her inability to learn John's "lesson" mark her inability to forgive or love anyone?

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Images jump, blip, strobe, and shock like an epileptic seizure - all the result of director Darren Lynn Bousman's lack of trust in his screenplay.

- Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The extreme gore is gratuitous, and character development non-existent in a movie packed with the cookie-cutter visual design of the previous two films. Torturer, victim and audience become one.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Saw III is duller than a plastic steak knife.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Monday, October 30, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The Saw series continues to surprise me. Since they are churned out so quickly and written even faster, you'd expect these films to become more and more pathetic. However they don't, Saw III holds up along with the last two by keeping the same style and formula but furthering the story in terms of character. This time a man must set aside his vengeance and forgive those responsible for his son's death. Mainly these films are about gore and this film has plenty of that, even some teeth grittingly painful moments. Brilliant gory entertainment for any night of the week.

- kiriyamakazou, Thursday, December 30, 2010

2 stars

Saw 3 is the the end of the trilogy of Jigsaw, but its just another Saw sequel that doesn't live up to the first. The plot is actually getting cliche and the same with every movie, but I still am that kind of person who completely loves the mysterious endings of the Saw films. The cast is ok I guess, I can't complain but if their is a Oscar for screaming your A$$ off to being tortured, these people would win. Saw 3 is not a bad film actually, but the problem is that (just like the second film) the movie just doesn't have that sense of excitement like the first, and i'm pretty sure none of the sequels will.

- DreamExtractor, Monday, September 12, 2011

3 stars

Without a doubt my favourite Saw movie. The whole point of this movie, which I think some people miss, is to bring the standard "shock" of just how twisted some of the torture scenes are to a personal level. If you have kids, the themes hit you a little harder than any of the other themes in any other Saw movie. However, like every Saw movie, the plot becomes tiring as the twists and turns start to nauseate you rather than engross you. Slow down Bousman, my head hurts.

- theunknownhobo, Thursday, August 25, 2011