Saturday, October 28, 2006

Saw III: "You Wanna Play A Game, Jeff?"

UPDATED: OMFG! Can you believe this?


Free publicity! The Saw makers would be extra laughing all the way to the bank, since its's already No.1 in the USA.


Well, this is the second time the character's name 'Jeff', appeared in a psychological thriller after Hard Candy. So in case you are looking for the other Jeff, sorry to disappoint you here.

Almost exactly one year after Saw II (reviewed here), Saw III premiered today in the UK and as always, managed to be among the first to catch this highly anticipated film yesterday.

Warning: Plot spoilers ahead.

To start things off first, as usual here's the movie poster:

The movie synopsis, from Wikipedia:

Jigsaw has vanished. Now aided by his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), 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 detectives scramble to locate him, Dr. Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) is unaware that she is about to become the latest pawn on his vicious chessboard. One night, after finishing a shift at her hospital, Lynn is kidnapped by the deranged Amanda and taken to an abandoned warehouse where she meets Jigsaw, a.k.a John Kramer (Tobin Bell), who's now bedridden and on the verge of death. Lynn is told that she must keep the madman alive for as long as it takes Jeff (Angus Macfadyen), another of his victims, to complete a game of his own.Racing against the ticking clock of Jigsaw's own heartbeat, Lynn and Jeff struggle to make it through each of their vicious tests, unaware that Jigsaw and Amanda have a much bigger plan for both of them.

And the movie trailer:

Written in just under a week by James Wan (Malaysian born-yeah, yet another brain drain again and you'll see The Star soon with all this 'Malaysian writes Saw III' headline) and Leigh Whannell, the sudden twist in the ending would make lame M Night Syamalan eat his humble pie. Overall the film was not too bad but not too good either, and although there is full frontal nudity, much of the audience would have been immuned with the blood and gore in the games set up big Jigsaw and oh, his apprentice, Amanda. It is definitely the better horror/thriller film this year (as Halloween approaches) as compared to the lame Grudge 2 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. So in 4 words, I would describe the film as:

Predecessor. Successor. Revenge. Game.

Sounds familiar to you?

Filmed in a 'flashback' mode, the 'games' set up mostly by Amanda this time include Body Chains, The Ribcage Trap, Shotgun Collar, Ice Shower, Intestines Pool and The Rack (which you could read more of the details from Wikipedia). As I said earlier, these blood-guzzing, sadomasochistic 'games' are kinda pretty lame already. Basically the games are the same: You read the clues, listen to the tape recording, find a key and unlock the victim within a period before the head/leg/body blows up. You will pretty get immuned to the gory traps in Saw I and II that the movie went into a boredom phase towards the middle of it.

Not much of emphasis was put into the story of the victims and how they ended up in the 'games' to make them regret what they do, but instead the focus is on Amanda this time, which the unexpected ending involves her also. This film is not quite a sequel (continuing from the sudden twist in Saw II which Amanda is actually an apprentice of Jigsaw) and not quite a prequel (where the infamous toilet scene is shown again, in which the set was actually borrowed from Scary Movie 4, which spoofed this movie series); i.e. a bit of both. I won't give out too much details here, so you have to watch the movie yourself. Oh, and it seems there will be Saw 4.

Overall, I would rate the film as 6/10 as the blood and gore is kinda lame already but is fortunately saved by the sudden twist in the ending.

For the benefit of you in Malaysia (who will be unsure whether it will pass the censorship board), here are some scenes from the film, all from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB.

The 'Troy' scene.

Another 'Troy' scene.

You could watch a clip of the 'Troy' scene as follows:

Amanda, the apprentice with the head trap she designed.

The nekkid scene.

Yes, all full frontal glory nekkid.

The apprentice, Amanda, with her master, Jigsaw.

Revenge is a dish best served...?

Looking forward to Borat next week! Wohooo! Keep your fingers crossed for the review.

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