Saw 3D

  • Review Date: October 27, 2010
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Seventh in grisly gore franchise adds 3-D to the mix.
  • Review Date: October 27, 2010
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 90 minutes





What parents need to know

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

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.


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.


A married couple kisses once or twice.


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."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Saw 3D (aka Saw 7) 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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In the seventh installment of the bloody Saw franchise, 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, SAW 3D 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, it 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie'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

Theatrical release date:October 29, 2010
DVD release date:January 25, 2011
Cast:Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor, Sean Patrick Flanery
Director:Kevin Greutert
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language

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Teen, 17 years old Written bypaul334 February 20, 2015

A touching, family friendly film with great role models

Saw 3D is about a dog named Saw, who runs away from his family and returns just in time for Christmas. A warm, holiday classic for the whole family with positive role models, great morals, and good ethical lessons.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 2 year old Written bypattyxx April 1, 2011
its epic
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great role models
Parent of a 8 year old Written bycone March 18, 2011
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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