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Saw III (2006)

Screenplay by Leigh Whannell Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman

   Written with the intent of being able to watch the first three films back to back, we again pick up where the sequel left off. Knowing that Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) had found himself in the same position as a couple former players, it would seem little hope surrounded him. Though not needing an hour and a half to decide his method of escape, he quickly bashes in his ankle as it slips out and we see him fade into the dark, for now.

However with newly found knowledge of Jigsaw receiving help from the very beginning, the possibilities of what could happen are left open-ended with one catch. John’s inoperable frontal lobe tumor, the hemorrhaging occurring needing to be operated on immediately if having any chance for survival. With assistance from Amanda in order to complete would could be his final test. *Admittedly, asking us to stretch our imaginations believing Shawnee’s small self could lift all the people thus far. But at least they get to that in later sequels so I won’t worry about it this time around.* Simultaneously testing two other players which have a connection, though is not seen out right at first. Having kidnapped Dr. Denlop (Bahar Soomekh), beside for obvious reasons, to test her will of keeping another alive. Having been an exceeding example at work (as hinted), she’d taken to drifting away from the Hospital, having an affair while neglecting her daughter to top everything off. Leading us to the other person playing, Jeff (Angus Macfadyen), whose resentment over not being able to put the past behind him has led to his present. Consumed with hate against those involved in his son’s accident, he’s put through a series of three tests to be given a chance to forgive or forever be consumed by the hate he so readily possessed.

They also have a small bit at the beginning concerning the Detectives that have been involved up to this point; Riggs (Lyriq Bent) and Kerry (Dina Meyer). While Kerry does end up meeting her demise, it at least set up for the next installment on how they choose to go about “continuing” the story. I also liked that it gave more time to focus on the four main people. Of which the franchise also gets its first shot of nudity, *gasp* though the stories don’t them to become more interesting. We’re also allotted more than enough time to access Amanda and John’s relationship and see how after saving her, he became as though a father figure. Coming from neglected parents, which you’d have to discover in the special features, to further explain her hatred for the Doctor as they progress in the film. But as an entirety, witnessing her break down as a person, unable to complete the task at hand but pushing forward in order to please John. Though nothing like him, which had been taken notice of, and in fact was more malicious with her intentions. While the point of Jigsaw’s games were to complete their task, to then go on appreciating life. She made hers unable to be won and helped nobody in the end. Built around the cruel nature that would suggest her serial killer intentions.

Knowing that Amanda has been behind most events seen, we learn that as a whole, the third act was her test. John didn’t believe she would be able to handle the pressure and decided to give her one last chance. Disappointing in the end much like Jeff, who while does try to save the culprits, still end up losing their lives. Showing no mercy once brought upon Jigsaw, claiming forgiveness as the roaring sound of the…saw, starts up and we see him slit Jigsaw’s throat open. That smile hiding and yet showing everything as the audience knows exactly what’s about to happen next. His dying and almost unable body gathers the last of his strength to bring out a tape to let Jeff know that one final piece remained to his puzzle. The fact that only he had the whereabouts to his daughters location, forced to see his wife’s brains blown out as her collar became triggered in the process.

Though Leigh Whannell did write the screenplay, he’s maintained that he and James Wan were never gore hounds. Which has to be agreed upon if really thinking through. Because while the devices and games have become more intricate, the images behind such are clearly led by the Director of Photography, David A. Armstrong. James and Leigh were great about making their film an instant classic. Especially within those last couple shots as Leigh’s reaction to the entire truth is seen; an untouchable moment. Yet David had been the one more in tune with how the franchise was progressing and able to capture images daunting yet exciting for the returning fans. Having to send the film to the MPAA seven times before receiving their R rating for this third installment. It’s also funny to see how the poor mans process tricks used in the first had become the very reasons of why these films were being remembered. The images of photography used, transition shots leading from one room into another as well the pig costume that was almost never even chosen. However Darren had done a great job of continuing his fast pace with the script and ability to keep everything together yet leave enough to wonder and question the very steps these characters are always taking.

~My only grip in contingency lay with Amanda and her hair/scars being a thing of the sequel. Especially with what happens in the fourth, it’s certainly now about the time you start getting caught in between the web that the creators had made.