The only movie in wide release this past weekend was “Saw 3D.” I checked, double-checked and triple-checked, but that was it.
This is the seventh in a line of films where a maniacal character kidnaps people and puts them in tortuous situations. These people often have moral failings their captor points out as he dishes out blood-and-guts punishment.
By some grace, I’ve missed all six of the previous films, then the last weekend in October caught me squarely in the face.
Our main captive this time is Bobby (Sean Patrick Flanery), an author who writes about surviving a deadly trap set by the evil Jigsaw (Tobin Bell).
If you watched the other films, you’ll know Jigsaw is dead. But he has an heir, Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), who doesn’t like what Bobby says in his book or in television interviews.
There will be blood.
I thought about leaving after the first five minutes of the movie, but stayed because of some dedication to the notion that I can’t review a movie that I didn’t sit all the way through.
So I squirmed, and reminded myself that the action taking place on screen was a performance.
And, yeah, I can see how people could, if not enjoy the experience, at least appreciate a movie that makes them feel something. “Saw 3D” will get under your skin and crawl around for a while, if that’s your thing.
Maybe it was my thing 20 or so years ago, but not now.
There was one surprise for me. Cary Elwes, who played Westley in “The Princess Bride,” makes an appearance as Dr. Gordon, a role he played in the original “Saw.”
I’ll have to watch “The Princess Bride” a few times to get rid of the “Saw” stench.
I give “Saw 3D” an F.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Wizard Review: Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Saw 30″ an F. “Go see ‘Secretariat.’ Go ‘Social Network.’ Go see ‘Easy A.’
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