Saw 3D

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Saw 3D Movie Poster Image
Seventh in grisly gore franchise adds 3-D to the mix.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 57 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

The movie makes an attempt to add a sense of destiny and philosophy to the victims; they've all committed some sort of wrong (lying, bigotry, cheating, etc.) and are now being shown the error of their ways. But the extreme gore involved in the punishment heavily outweighs the original crimes.

Positive role models & representations

Initially Bobby Dagen, who has published a book about surviving one of Jigsaw's traps, tries to turn his negative experience into a positive one and to inspire others to do the same. But it turns out that he's hiding an awful secret, and he's really the opposite of a role model.

Violence

Almost the whole movie consists of various death traps, almost all of which result in a grisly, gruesome deaths. Viewers see saws through the stomach, wound-cauterizing, torn-up faces, face-stitching, bodies flying apart in different directions, tearing flesh, ripping limbs and jaws, face-smashing, internal bleeding caused by a fishhook, eye-stabbing, hanging, teeth-pulling, machine guns, and stabbing. There are explosions, a man beating up a woman, and a woman burning to death. Women seem to be the victims more often than men.

Sex

A married couple kisses once or twice.

Language

Lots of strong language. There are many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitch," "p---y," "a--hole," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," and "oh my God."

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Saw 3D (aka Saw 7 or Saw: The Final Chapter) is as gory and bloody as the first six installments, if not more so. There are many graphic, grisly deaths via elaborate torture devices and lots of violence against women. Very often, there's a chance to save one victim if another victim is willing to endure high amounts of pain or risk death; the supposed idea is that all of the victims are being punished -- and tested -- for their "everyday" bad behavior. Language is strong, with multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Although the movie was shot in 3-D, the effects aren't particularly impressive or memorable -- and they're already so gross and over-the-top that the 3-D aspect doesn't up the ante as much as it does in other movies.

User Reviews

Adult Written byJakk May 19, 2011

Extremely gory morality film for mature audiences

The Saw series has gotten gorier and gorier as its gone along, and this film is by far the most graphic yet. The series hasn't abandoned its positive messa... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 year old Written bypattyxx April 1, 2011
its epic
Kid, 11 years old January 7, 2014

UNRATED

I SAW THIS FILM FOR 8 MINS IT WAS MORE BLOOD THAN SAW 4
Kid, 12 years old August 15, 2013

Great VII Installment

The seventh film in the series has a less confusing plot than VI, great traps, and great uses of 3D.

What's the story?

In SAW 3D, Jigsaw's widow, Jill Tuck (Betsy Russell), begins by trying to kill Jigsaw's current disciple, Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) -- but fails. She then agrees to provide the police with all the information they need in exchange for protection. Meanwhile, Jigsaw survivor Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery) has published a successful book about his ordeal ... but the killer knows the truth, and so Bobby is tested with an elaborate series of gory traps involving his beloved wife and all his various handlers. For "fun," there are a couple of random, gruesome traps that have nothing to do with the rest of the plot. Chad Donella plays an internal affairs detective trying to solve the whole thing, and Tobin Bell appears in flashbacks as the original Jigsaw.

Is it any good?

In its defense, the seventh installment of the bloody Saw franchise does occasionally attempt to rise above the typical "torture porn" flick. The killers act out of a sense of duty, and all of their victims are "guilty" in some way of some transgression. Additionally, the series has built up a complex lore around the original Jigsaw and his followers. And the traps themselves are incredibly elaborate; it's difficult for viewers to predict just what they're going to do, so the movie does manage to create a certain amount of tension around them.

Unfortunately, Saw 3D also thrives on extreme, ghastly gore as its primary motivation, making all other concerns secondary; in essence, it's more an endurance test than it is a movie. Plus, the writing and directing are strictly "C"-level, and the acting -- with the exception of Cary Elwes -- isn't much better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Saw 3D's extreme violence. How did it make you feel? What was your reaction?

  • How do the gory images in movies like this impact viewers, especially young ones? Why do you think there's been a trend toward these "torture porn" movies in recent years?

  • What draws audiences to movies like this? Why have the Saw movies been so popular?

Movie details

For kids who love scares

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