Demonic Judge, Jury and Executioner
Release Date: October 27, 2006
Starring: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith,
Bahar Soomekh, Angus
MacFayden, and Dina Meyer
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 108 minutes
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Executive Producer: Daniel Jason Heffner, James
Wan, Leigh Whannell, Stacey
Testro, Peter Block, and Jason
Producer: Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules and
Writer: Leigh Whannell
Address Comments To:John Feltheimer and Peter E. Strauss
AKA Lions Gate Films
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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In this episode, Jigsaw is on his deathbed with a brain tumor. Amanda, his troubled assistant, kidnaps a female surgeon, Lynn. She straps an explosive device to Lynn's neck, forcing her to operate on Jigsaw to relieve the pressure on his brain so he can live for a bit longer. Jigsaw and Amanda tell Lynn that she will only be let go after the operation when another one of their victims, a man named Jeff, completes some important torture tests.
Jeff is still suffering from the loss of his young son, who died in a tragic traffic accident. The man who killed Jeff's son, the judge who let the man off with a light sentence, and an eyewitness who didn't come forward are all strapped to torture devices. Jeff is given the choice of forgiving the three people and helping them to escape. To free them, however, involves more physical and emotional pain for Jeff.
Some twists at the end of SAW III enliven the plot, but the rest of the movie is a boring, disgusting exercise in blood, gore and gruesome violence. Extreme bloody close-ups of Lynn's lengthy operation on Jigsaw's brain are just some of the gruesome images viewers must endure.
The point of Jigsaw's torture devices is to test the character of his victims. Most of the victims have done some kind of evil or sin, and Jigsaw sets himself up as Judge, Jury and Executioner. From MOVIEGUIDE®'s perspective, SAW III has a dark, but confused and under-developed, pagan worldview that distorts biblical notions of judgment and forgiveness. In that worldview, no redemption seems possible because the victims more often than not fail the gruesome tests that Jigsaw devises. Thus, redemption in SAW III is pretty much a false hope.
Also, Jigsaw talks a lot about letting go of revenge and trying to forgive, but his torture devices themselves display a lust for revenge and a lack of forgiveness, as well as a complete lack of mercy and grace. This is a glaring contradiction in the attitude of this character that the filmmakers missed.
There is no reason for any moviegoer to subject their minds and souls to the gruesome violence or twisted paganism of SAW III. It's a serious waste of time and money.
Some twists at the end of SAW III enliven the plot, but the rest of the movie is a boring, disgusting exercise in blood, gore and gruesome violence. Extreme close-ups of Lynn's lengthy operation on Jigsaw's brain are some of the gruesome images viewers must endure. SAW III has plenty of strong foul language. It also has a dark pagan worldview that distorts biblical concepts of justice, revenge and forgiveness. There is no reason for any moviegoer to subject their minds to the gruesome violence or twisted paganism of SAW III.