Saw III

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    Jigsaw has disappeared. Along with his new apprentice Amanda, the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detective scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon and Jeff Reinhart are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

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    God or Jack Valenti only knows how this work of pure entertainment got an R rating 'for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language.'

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    Even splatter-film buffs should be offended by this piece of nonsense: Not because it's so gross, but because it's so dumb.

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    The second Saw sequel develops the mythology of sadistic puppet-master Jigsaw in ambitious, gruesome but ultimately self-defeating ways.

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    All told, this is a more affecting study in grief, guilt and human frailty than Babel.

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    Admit it: It's not every horror film that can make you feel preached at and slimed at the same time.

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    Tedium eventually sets in again, the movie's murky visual schema and overly aggressive editing style marring any attempts at subtlety. Worse yet, the Jigsaw Killer remains a smug, unscary bore.

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    More gore is really all III has to offer.

    2/5
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    Just like its increasingly wan antihero, this blood-soaked series is on its last legs.

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    Saw III is nasty, repulsive, disgusting -- and loaded with enough viscera to probably sell at least $30 million worth of tickets this weekend.

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    The question for moviegoers: Would you rather get your dose of existenz-philosophie from Dostoyevsky or a slasher flick?

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    Do you want to play a game? How about a really long, convoluted game that leads nowhere? The scariest thing about Saw III is how it seems like it's never going to end.

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    Ee'll just entertain you by mentioning such extraneous details as a human skull being opened and probed, a naked woman being frozen to death, a man drowning in the ground-up carcasses of dead pigs ...

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    The premise is bogus to anybody with all their albumen intact.

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    As the creators of The X-Files learned and the people behind Lost are going to find out soon, you can only jerk around an audience... for so long before they start screaming in frustration and move on to something else.

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    A bigger problem lies with Leigh Whannell's script, which utilizes so many flashbacks and explanatory inserts that the tension, a defining feature of the first Saw, is lost.

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    What's remarkable about these movies is how much the craftsmanship degrades with each episode. This is a long, scrambled, indifferently made affair. There's no rhythm to the sequencing.

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    Saw III is duller than a plastic steak knife.

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    The inevitable deadening effects of repetition are beginning to infect the Saw franchise, now having produced its third installment in as many years.

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    Saw III, with its barrage of grungy rooms, mortified flesh and elaborate torture, is a highly creative exercise in bloodletting, with a bleak view of human nature.

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    Saw III was not prescreened for critics. It doesn't need to be. The midnight preview I attended last night was packed with folks who don't mind seeing Hollywood beat a dead horse.

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    In a fun house like this the elaborate tortures seem to leave behind the real world of pain and suffering for the realm of slapstick; they're the kind of horrors that make you scream and laugh at the same time.

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    Quite possibly Saw II sheds enough blood to satisfy horror aficionados.

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    As it was in the first Saw, audiences are faced with insane leaps in logic that sabotage the last part of the film.

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    Saw II only has one ambition -- to make us squirm. And it does. Just don't be surprised if you need to switch to an electric razor after this.

    2/5
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    Saw II -- better-acted than its predecessor, which isn't saying much -- is so gratuitously, sadistically violent, and to such little end, that it finally falls over dead on the far side of obscene.

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    Saw II has teeth, and this house-of-horrors franchise has legs, though they're manacled to the radiator.

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    At the very least, with Saw II, you get what you pay for.

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    The serpentine plot is logical; the acting is passable and the film creates a palpable atmosphere of paranoia and tension.

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    Even hard-core horror can go too far. Saw II is as punishing as it gets. It's effective, all right, but to what end? Certainly not entertainment.

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    I saw Saw, I saw Saw II, and I have lived to tell about it. Aren't you glad?

    1/4
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    Saw II lacks quite a bit of the cutting edge that made the original such a guilty, grisly pleasure last year.

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    The makers of Saw II have taken great pains to hide the twist ending to the film. I'd love to reveal it out of spite, only because it hints that I'll be sitting through another Saw sequel next year.

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    Saw II goes to great lengths to be smart and not just viscerally but intellectually provocative. An admirable ambition, but it just makes the movie even more silly when it fails so utterly in the effort.

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    No point in labeling this a horror film. This is a sadism film, and while all good and great horror films know what sadism tastes like, a sadism film settles for nothing of lasting, imaginative horror.

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    Saw II is not for the faint of heart. It's for the foolish of wallet.

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    What's worth noting is how much greater deliberation was given to the marketing than the screenplay of this cursory dud, rushed to theaters exactly a year after its amusing predecessor.

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    The most horrifying moment is saved for last: when you realize things have been obviously set up for yet another sequel.

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    Essentially, this is one more movie that, regardless of its setting or even planet, exists to knock off its cast members one by one.

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    Saw II, directed by a newcomer, Darren Lynn Bousman, delivers practically humorless frights and hair-raising tension.

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    For the most part the film succeeds in producing a frightening Halloween weekend experience.

    3/5
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    Although not as clever as the original, Saw II takes its cuts.

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    This is entertainment?

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    You'll be hard-pressed to find a shred of the perverse ingenuity that made Saw so effectively unnerving.

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    Saw II repels, morally and aesthetically, and while some -- including the filmmakers, perhaps -- may take this as a compliment, it isn't intended as one.

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    Saw fans -- and there are plenty -- will be pleased.

    C+
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    The contest is close, but Saw II is just barely a better B flick than Saw.

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    If the machinations don't quite make the startling impact of those in the original, they also far outshine the pedestrian mayhem on display in the current horror glut.

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    Cooking up new Rube Goldberg torture contraptions isn't enough to get Saw II out of the shadow of its unnerving predecessor.

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