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Horror (2010)
89mins Can/US

Starring: Cary Elwes, Betsy Russell, Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Sean Patrick Flanery
Director: Kevin Greutert
Writer(s): Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Devious serial killer Jigsaw may have died but his legacy lives on and many of the survivors of his diabolical traps and games continue to be haunted by their experiences, including his first victim Dr Gordon. They seek out fellow survivor and self-help guru Bobby Dagen, hoping that he can exorcise their demons. However, Bobby has demons of his own and he unleashes a new wave of terror that brings the horror of Jigsaw out from the shadows.

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LondonNet Film Review
Saw 3D

The most successful horror franchise in box office history bows out with its most stomach-churning and gratuitously gory chapter yet...

Chester Bennington as Evan in SAW 3D. Photo credit: Brooke Palmer. Lionsgate Screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who have been on board since Saw IV, neatly stitch up loose narrative threads, bringing back familiar faces to give serial killer Jigsaw a fittingly bloodthirsty send-off. Subtitled The Final Chapter, the seventh instalment relies on knowledge of the earlier films and the myriad twists that have kept the morgues full of hideous disfigured and mangled corpses. Kevin Greutert's film is not for the squeamish - we felt decidedly queasy after 89 minutes of blood and entrails being flung at the camera. How cinemagoers stuffed full of popcorn, hot dogs and nachos will fare doesn't bear thinking about.

Devious serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) may have died but his legacy lives on and many of the survivors of his diabolical traps and games continue to be haunted by their ordeals. One survivor, Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery), who had to impale hooks through his pecs and hoist himself into the air, has turned potential tragedy into victory with his harrowing memoir, S.U.R.V.I.V.E. - My Story Of Overcoming Jigsaw. He shares his message of hope with the nation on a book tour, flanked by his wife Joyce (Gina Holden), publicist Nina (Naomi Sniekus), lawyer Suzanne (Rebecca Marshall) and best friend and agent, Cale (Dean Armstong). However, one of Jigsaw's acolytes is watching Bobby, ready to test his resolve with a series of new fiendish traps. Meanwhile, Jigsaw's wife Jill (Betsy Russell) approaches good cop Gibson (Chad Donella) and his partner Rogers (Laurence Anthony) with proof that detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) has been her husband's accomplice for the slayings. They promise her protection and begin to hunt down their crooked colleague, unaware that they will face a new wave of terror that brings the horror of Jigsaw out from the shadows and into the open.

Gina Holden stars as Joyce in SAW 3D. Photo credit: Brooke Palmer. Lionsgate Saw 3D is the first major motion picture to be shot exclusively on the SI-3D digital camera system, adding an extra dimension to all of the usual blood-letting and wanton carnage. The film opens with three superfluous extras feeling the full force of Jigsaw's might before the convoluted plot kicks in and Flanery's beleaguered hero stumbles around a house of horrors, passing through doors marked Understand Your Problems, Verify Your Self-Worth Through Commitment and Ignore Your Detractors. There's a distinct lack of originality to the death sequences - the close-ups of flesh being penetrated by sharp implements get rather repetitive, and the throw-backs to old traps from earlier films feels like desperation rather than ghoulish nostalgia. Performances range from screaming and whimpering to loudly screaming and whimpering, and Greutert doesn't spare the fake blood or prosthetics, flinging every vital organ and flap of torn flesh at the camera as he cuts his cast down to size. If this indeed the final Saw, seven will turn out to be a lucky number for us all.

- Jo Planter


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