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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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, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: Saw III is duller than a plastic steak knife.
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Monday, October 30, 2006
This film goes really beyond the high level of gore seen in the first two, pleasing the die-hard fans of the series (and gore-fest itself), but proving to be unbearable for the soft-hearted. Not as original though, but still boasting a surprising conclusion.
- blacksheepboy, Friday, November 12, 2010
I really think this is about as good as the second. While it has a lacking of The Berg, John Kramer is featured even more prominently and his tricks are at an all time high. The brain surgery scene is just so awesome, extremely realistic and effective. Darren Lynn Bousman really was the one to make the series likable and effective to the viewers. You're always given satisfaction in his movies. The surprises in this were really well done, especially that they had the nerve to just off Jigsaw with plans set in motion to continue the series. It opened up the door to an heir, which was completely delivered upon in the next entry.
- ythelastman89, Saturday, October 23, 2010
Saw III is a terrific and even more brutal entry in the Saw series. The traps are even more elaborate and the games are even more twisted. At the time, this was the most intense Saw released. Although not as strong as the second, this film still delivers on what you'd expect. Every traditional Saw element is here, complete with a jaw dropping Climax. Saw III is an ugly looking horror film, and the sets are dark, gritty and ominous. This time Jigsaw has taken a doctor hostage and she has to keep Jigsaw alive until her estranged husband makes it through the maze of twisted games alive until he reaches his final test. Saw III is a very good, thrilling film and has plenty of effective moments to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you guessing till the end.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, June 8, 2010