Saw III is the third installment in the Saw horror film series. The film is a joint effort of both Saw's writers / directors, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and Saw II's writer / director, Darren Lynn Bousman. Saw III follows the previous film's antagonist the Jigsaw Killer (more commonly known as Jigsaw), along with his new apprentice Amanda Young, as they painfully teach their victims to appreciate life.
The film has been dedicated to Gregg Hoffman, producer of the first two movies. Hoffman died on December 4, 2005, shortly after the official Lionsgate announcement of Saw III.
Saw III is rated R for Strong Grisly Violence and Gore, Sequences of Terror and Torture, Nudity and Language according to the official website. This is the first film of the Saw franchise to include nudity.
* Suffering? You haven't seen anything yet...
* This year, he's pulling out all the stops.
* Legends never die.
The film begins with Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg), chained by the ankle in the same dilapidated bathroom he was imprisoned in at the end of Saw 2. He uses his boot to get his gun and a flashlight - his only light source - finding out his gun's mag is empty. He spots the corpses of Xavier (Franky G), Adam (Leigh Whannell), and Zep, as well as Dr. Gordon's severed foot. Eric attempts to saw through the ankle chain with a small saw similar to what Dr. Gordon used, but to no avail. About to cut his own foot off, he decides not to go through with it, possibly realizing he could bleed to death. Instead, he grabs the nearby toilet lid and begins to brutally pound upon his own chained foot, crushing it, then forcably breaks his ankle to allow his foot to slip out of the chain.
Elsewhere, a laser cuts through a metal door that has been welded shut. Once through the door, a group of commandos led by Rigg (Lyriq Bent) rush inside, horrified by what they see. Rigg immediately calls for Detective Kerry (Dina Meyer), the "Jigsaw expert," who enters some time later after the forensic team has tagged everything. She asks if the victim is her former partner Eric Matthews, and the forensic scientist on the scene tells her it is not. The victim is a man named Troy, who is a carcass after being killed by an explosion.
Troy's trap is shown in a flashback. He finds himself in an empty, forgotten school classroom, many chains stuck into his body. A television screen turns on, and Jigsaw's puppet, Billy, is shown. Billy speaks to Troy about how he's been in and out of prisons, seemingly finding comfort in being locked away. To live, he must break free of his chains. The chains are hooked through his skin in various places, including his lower jaw, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and Achilles tendons. The television screen turns off, and he notices a bomb planted nearby, with only 1:30 left and ticking down. Troy painfully pulls the chain rings through his skin, gradually, but does not manage to remove the one in his lower jaw before time runs out.
The resulting explosion segues back to the detective's investigation. Kerry notes this particular trap does not fit Jigsaw's usual pattern. When questioned on this conclusion, she reveals that Jigsaw's "games" normally give the victim a chance to escape if they are successful. The door being welded shut would not have allowed Troy to escape from the bomb's detonation even if the chains had been removed, which is unlike Jigsaw's previous games.
Later, Kerry returns to her home and reviews Jigsaw's video tape on her bedroom television screen. After a few moments, the screen blurs and a new picture appears. Kerry quickly realizes that it is herself on the television, and that the camera is recording inside her home, from the closet. She pulls her gun from her dresser drawer and fires several shots into the closet. Upon investigating and attempting to disable the camera, she is assaulted from behind and captured by Amanda (Shawnee Smith), Jigsaw's apprentice.
Kerry wakes up hanging from a ceiling in a metal contraption that appears to be implanted into her body. Hanging next to her is a jar filled with a corrosive acid, with a key inside it slowly dissolving. A video comes on a nearby TV screen where Jigsaw's puppet Billy tells her that she has spent all of her life living amongst the dead, and identifies with them more then she does the living. He reveals that the device she is wearing is hooked into her ribcage. She has one minute and must plunge her hand into the liquid to retrieve the key before it fully dissolves. She manages to get a hold of the key after painfully disfiguring her hand and unlocks her chest piece, realizing it did next to nothing, as the contraption is still lodged in her chest. She struggles to remove it in time, but is unable to do so. It is then that a cloaked figure walks into the room (Amanda). Kerry immediately realizes who it is, shortly before the devices rip her ribcage apart, exposing her internal organs and killing her.
Meanwhile, Dr. Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Chris (Alan Van Sprang) sit on opposite sides of a bed. Lynn excuses herself to begin her early shift at the hospital, but not before taking an anti-depressant pill. They bicker for a moment, and as she walks out of the room, Lynn asks Chris what it is that he wants. He turns to her and replies that he wants a divorce. She seems entirely unaffected by this statement, and she turns and goes to work. Once there, she sits, depressed in a locker room while a boy lays on a table dying. A nurse comes in and finally retrieves her. She goes out to the operating room, and in a flash, saves his life. After finishing her shift at the hospital, she prepares to leave, but finds herself locked in the locker room. Amanda kidnaps her and takes her to Jigsaw's warehouse.
Once conscious, Lynn finds herself tied to a wheelchair. Amanda enters and Lynn is wheeled to Jigsaw, John Kramer, who is resting in a makeshift hospital room. Jigsaw asks Lynn how long he has to live, given his current condition, and the medical files they show her speaking of his inoperable brain tumor. Lynn replies that it is not a simple answer, eventually confessing that he does not have long. Jigsaw then says that he wants to play a game. Amanda equips Lynn with a bulky collar surrounded by shotgun shells. The hammers behind each shell are clicked back by Amanda, who explains the situation at hand. The collar is linked with Jigsaw's heart rate monitor. If Jigsaw flatlines, or she strays too far from him (or tries to remove the collar herself), the shells will explode, killing her. It is explained that a man is also being tested, and if he completes his tests before Jigsaw dies, she is free to go.
This man is Jeff Reinhart (Angus Macfadyen), who wakes in a wooden crate suspended by a forklift. He finds a tape recorder and it tells him that he is still consumed with hatred for those involved in his son Dylan's (Stefan Georgiou) death. The tape also tells him that he must suffer and forgive in order to pass his tests and escape. His final test will be confronting the man responsible for the loss of his child. In two hours, the doors will lock and seal him inside forever. Jeff quickly breaks free and falls to the ground. In a flashback sequence, his rage is explored. It shows Jeff as he practices in front of a mirror what he would say to his son's killer, brandishing a gun. The clearly drunk Jeff then notices a stuffed animal missing and goes to his daughter's room and asks where it is. Jeff sees that she is hiding what he is looking for because she was afraid to sleep alone, and it is revealed that the stuffed animal once belonged to Dylan. He tells her to never take things from her brother's room before placing the toy back in its place. Moments later, Amanda captures Jeff. In the current time, Jeff finds an open box containing a piece of paper with the words "Open the door, Jeff." typed on it. Along with it are a partial ripped photograph (showing himself) and a key.
Amanda watches all of this on television monitors as Lynn tends to Jigsaw. She comes to the room and tells Jigsaw that the test subject is awake and the game has begun. Lynn explains that Jigsaw has a brain herniation and his only hope is to get care from a hospital, but Amanda won't permit leaving. Jigsaw then vomits and begins to have a seizure and Lynn rushes into action, with Amanda assisting. She manages to stabilize him, as a very distraught Amanda leaves the room. Amanda still will not permit a hospital visit, and asks for the tools needed to fix the hernia. Lynn tells her she'll need anesthesia and a power drill.
Jeff, elsewhere, enters a nearby room with "FACE YOUR FEARS" painted on the door. The room is a freezer, and in the middle is where Danica Scott (Debra McCabe) is shown hanging by her arms, completely nude. In her tape, it is revealed that she was the one witness to the death of Dylan, but fled the scene. Now Jeff can let her die, or forgive her. Behind freezing cold pipes at the back of the room there is a hanging key. Two identical vertical poles begin to spray Danica's naked body with cold water as she screams and attempts to regulate her breathing. Jeff at first curses her for what she did, but she convinces him to look at her and see her suffering. Jeff attempts to get the key, and in order to reach it, must stretch his arm and place his face against the bars. By doing this however, the skin on the right side of his face sticks to the freezing cold pipe and he has to rip his flesh off to free himself. By the time he is able to get the key however, Danica is encased in ice, deceased. Jeff initially tries to get the lock, but it is also frozen over. He grudgingly leaves the room and removes his icy jacket. He finds another box nearby. Written on this paper is "One bullet will end it all." Inside, along with a single bullet, is another piece of the original photograph, this time showing his son.
Back inside Jigsaw's warehouse, Lynn searches for tools to help in the operation, and briefly confronts Amanda. Lynn has thoughts of killing her and escaping, but Amanda's words persuade her from even thinking of trying it. Then, in a flashback scene, Jigsaw is shown painting the puppet Billy shortly before placing Amanda into her reverse bear trap. This is shown amidst scenes of her gradual escape. Amanda is then shown in her apartment after the ordeal, where Jigsaw offers her a new life. In present time, Amanda asks Jigsaw the reason he chose Lynn, if it was because she was 'the best'. Jigsaw replies that was one of the reasons.
Elsewhere, Jeff walks down a hall and sees Billy the puppet, arranged in the same way as how Dylan was killed: Crumpled up and tangled in a tricycle. Upon entering a room marked "TIME TO LET GO," Jeff hears the voice of a man screaming for help. He climbs up a staircase to see a man attached to the bottom of a silo by a metal brace holding his neck. As he screams for help, Jeff plays the tape recorder hanging from the ceiling. Jigsaw's voice tells him that when the Judge presiding over his son's murder trial sentenced the murderer so lightly, his soul never recovered. He now has the power to sentence the man's soul straight to hell, or he can choose to forgive. The man inside the silo is that very same Judge. In order to get the next key, Jeff must destroy all of his son's possessions in an incinerator down at the base of the silo. As the tape player ends, a series of large, interlocking saws connected to the silo begin to whirl and buzz. A conveyer-like bar turns on, one of its hooks showing a dead, maggot-filled pig. The pig is dropped onto the saw blades and ground up, the liquified results splashing over Judge Halden. Jeff screams at the Judge over only sentencing the killer to six months, who in turn pleads with Jeff not to become a murderer himself. Jeff climbs back down and faces the incinerator. After expressing his anger and silencing the Judge, he finally hits the button and watches his son's possessions burn. During this time, many more pigs are dropped upon the Judge. Jeff is able to retrieve the key and climbs into the silo, narrowly freeing the Judge before he could be completely submerged.
In the warehouse, Lynn begins to operate on Jigsaw under local anesthetic. After cutting away the skin on his head, she drills and saws into his skull, removing a portion of it to relieve pressure in his brain from the hernia. Jigsaw's heart rate begins to decrease, and he hallucinates, having flashbacks of walking in a sunny park with a blonde curly-haired woman, while Amanda screams hysterically. Jigsaw soon stabilizes and Amanda watches as he holds Lynn's arm and then says he loves her, still momentarily stuck in his hallucination. Jealous, Amanda leaves, a flashback showing her agreeing to give up every cell in her body for John. The flashback reveals that she kidnapped Adam prior to the events of Saw I. In the present time, Amanda, stricken with grief, cuts herself on the thigh, a new addition to numerous scars assumed to be from the same practice before. Lynn, in the other room, puts on her wedding ring again and cleans herself up. Amanda enters and hugs John, only to be scolded by Lynn for touching him. Amanda confronts Lynn, about to brandish a gun, but John interferes and tells Amanda to leave. Once she leaves, he apologizes for Amanda's behavior, noting that her emotional nature is her weakness.
In a flashback sequence, Amanda is shown returning to the bathroom where Adam is locked with the dead body of Zep. She sets her flashlight down and goes up to him, slowly waking him up and telling him that she's going to help him. She then wraps a plastic bag around his face while telling him to breathe, then begins to breakdown and cry in her insanity. Adam eventually dies.
Back at the warehouse, Jeff and Judge Halden explore more and find a box with another piece of the photograph, this time with Jeff's daughter depicted, along with a gun magazine and a card reading "One step closer to revenge." They then enter a room with "HERE'S YOUR CHANCE" painted on the door. 'The Rack' (aka Twisting Crucifix) is in the center of the room, where the next victim is bound. As Jeff plays his tape, Jigsaw's voice reveals that the man is Timothy Young, the one who hit and killed Jeff's son. Jigsaw states that this trap is a favorite of his. Tim's head, arms, and legs are attached to the metal machine in the shape of a cross. Each end is able to twist 360 degrees. The key to unlocking the trap is set in a long rectangular tube nearby, strung up on a chain that is connected to the trigger of a shotgun. Jeff must take a bullet to save the man who killed his son. Jeff is crazed and hesitant at first, but he pushes his demons aside and tries to get the key off the chain. He realizes that the key can be removed without pulling the string by unscrewing the ring that the key is attached to. When he removes the key he lets go of the string which ends up triggering the shotgun. It narrowly misses him and instead hits Judge Halden in the face, killing him. Timothy's screams of pain can be heard during the ordeal, the rack twisting his arms and legs and snapping his bones. Jeff frantically searches for the place to put the key, but runs out of time as the rack twists Timothy's head 180 degrees, snapping his neck as Jeff exclaims he has forgiven the man who killed his son and cursing the man behind these actions. Jeff grudgingly leaves the room.
Meanwhile, in the makeshift medical room, Jigsaw has a brief conversation about Lynn's family and how she abandoned it. During the conversation, he reveals that he despises murderers, and also quotes the film's tagline, "Suffering? You haven't seen anything yet." Amanda shows up to see Jigsaw holding Lynn's hand, and Jigsaw tells her to leave. She does, in a jealous rage, returning quickly with her gun to reveal that Jeff passed the third test. Jigsaw tells Amanda to release Lynn, but she refuses, cocking her gun and pointing it at Lynn. He attempts to calm her, claiming she would not be following the rules, but Amanda refuses to listen. Jigsaw begs her to listen and says Lynn is far more important than she knows. Amanda feels betrayed by her mentor and lashes out at him, as he condemns her for her past crimes, where she killed people rather than giving them a chance to leave alive. Jigsaw forgave her for all of this, and cleaned up her mistakes. Amanda eventually admits she is a murderer, and flashbacks to her confrontation with Eric Matthews.
In the flashback, Eric has opened the door to his prison and is hobbling down the hallways. Amanda is still around, emotional and distraught, but quickly realizes Eric is out of the room. They find each other, and Eric brutally attacks her, slamming her face into the wall and asking where his son is, calling her a 'fucked-up junkie bitch' in the process. Amanda refuses to tell him anything, kicking out his broken ankle and stumbling away. Eric recoils in pain and screams down the halls, calling her a 'bitch,' telling her that she is nothing, and that she is no Jigsaw. While he screams and taunts her, she stands up and gets a stone cold expression on her face. Jigsaw states that Amanda left Eric for dead and that Jigsaw cleaned up her mistakes. Since Jigsaw is against personally killing his victims, it's assumed that Jigsaw let him go.
Back at the warehouse, Jeff discovers a gun and inserts the magazine he found previously, before continuing down the corridors toward the exit. Jigsaw and Amanda continue to argue as Jeff arrives in the immediate area. Lynn goes to embrace him, and a noticably distraught Amanda shoots her in the back. Lynn collapses in Jeff's arms. Jeff immediately raises his gun and shoots Amanda in the neck. Amanda recoils, wide-eyed with surprise, appearing to have not known Jeff received a gun. Jigsaw stares at her and reveals his true plan all along: Amanda was the one being tested. Lynn and Jeff were actually married (Lynn had been cheating on Jeff with Chris earlier in the movie), and he was the one who set up the boxes in the corridors for Jeff's tests. In his desperation to make her his true apprentice, after all the injustices she had committed with her murders, he gave her one last chance. He also claims that all the "games" that Amanda has set up are "unwinnable", referring to Troy's welded room and Kerry's torso device. By disobeying the rules and shooting Lynn, she had failed. Amanda can only listen to him with her wound bleeding, before collapsing and dying. Jigsaw then utters the words "Game over."
A few feet away, Jeff has set Lynn against the wall. He initally points the gun at Jigsaw, who tells Jeff he can't kill him. Jeff, possibly knowing there's no bullets left, clicks the trigger once and goes back to his wife, who is starting to speak again. Jigsaw tells him she is dying, and to stand and face him. If he co-operates, he can call an ambulance to arrive in four minutes. Jigsaw proposes one final test. On a nearby table, there are various tools about that Jeff can use to exact his revenge on Jigsaw, or he can forgive him for the pain he's caused Jeff and Lynn. "Live or Die," Jigsaw says, "make our choice." Jeff claims he forgives him, but then brandishes a circular saw. Jigsaw smiles, while Lynn desperately tries to tell Jeff to stop, but she can hardly speak. Jeff slices Jigsaw's throat open, once again proclaiming "I forgive you."
Jigsaw begins to flatline and reveals a tape recorder in his right hand, playing it. The tape reveals that Jigsaw himself was the final test. For as he said earlier, Jigsaw was the man responsible for the loss of his child: His daughter. Only he knows where Jeff's daughter is, locked behind a door the camera views momentarily, and that she is running out of air. By killing him, Jeff has failed the final test, and learned nothing in his ordeal. For living a life consumed by vengeance and hatred, he must now be punished. Lynn's collar light flashes red, the doors of the warehouse, room and latch shut (seemingly also monitored by Jigsaw's heart rate). Jigsaw flatlines, causing the collar to go off, blowing Lynn's face away and killing her instantly. We are treated to a montage of imagery compiled from all three films as Jigsaw finally dies, and Jeff's screams of terror echo through what has now become his tomb.
There exists, however, the possibility of recovering his daughter. Jigsaw alluded to a final "game" Jeff would need to find her. Whether there remains more to this, however, is yet to be seen.
Spoilers end here.
A scene from Saw III was going to be shown when the action/thriller film Crank opened in theaters on September 1. However, the MPAA did not allow the preview, due to the scene's reportedly large amount of gore. For similar reasons, an early teaser trailer for the movie was removed from the official Saw III site.
The next trailer released featured flashbacks of Jigsaw attaching the "reverse bear trap" to Amanda and applying his makeup for posing as the corpse in the bathroom from Saw I.
Around 1,000 posters were made and were sold for $20 each in support of Saw III. All 1000 posters were sold out hours after they went on sale. The posters were made with a small amount of Tobin Bell's blood (mixed with the printing ink). One such poster was also signed by the entire cast and crew of Saw III, and was auctioned off. All the proceeds from the auctioned poster will go to the Red Cross.
At Spike TV's Scream Awards on October 10, 2006, Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith appeared on stage with director Darren Lynn Bousman. The two actors staged cutting Bousman's head open, whereupon Shawnee found a blood-saturated piece of film on his brain. This led to a "World Premiere" trailer featuring the plight of Troy in the Body Chains trap.
In a promotional video featured on MySpace (with similar versions made for YouTube and Break.com), Billy, Jigsaw's puppet, addresses the watcher in the same fashion as the videos in the film. He states, "Hello. Are you watching me on MySpace? Good. I'd like to play a game with you. Up until now you've...just sat there as a voyeur, watching other people in their videos without care about who that person is. Well, what do voyeurs see when they look into the mirror? Let's find out. Right now you are being watched. If you forget for one second that you're being watched, you will lose. Your only way out is to understand these numbers: 1, 0, 2, 7, 0, 6. Find the meaning and you will live. Just remember; knowledge changes everything." Video Clip The numbers represent the release date of the film, October 27, 2006 or 10-27-06.
The original cut of the movie ran for over three hours, the only scene that has been confirmed to be cut out was a brutal fight scene between Amanda (Shawnee Smith) and Lynn (Bahar Soomekh), as it was shown being filmed on Much on Demand.
As with its predecessors, the film has gained a positive response from movie-goers, but mixed reviews by critics. "Saw III is the sickest, most brilliant, most twisted, most clever and most emotional Saw yet," and, "has the strongest acting in the Saw franchise to date," claims Fred Topel of CanMag.com. Other critics, such as Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times has scolded the film not for "the creativity of the bloodletting but the bleak view of human nature, specifically our talent for ruining the present to avenge the past." Though many critics seem to take a negative view of the film, they also cite the violent nature of the film as the reason. "Hardcore horror geeks will love the extreme nature of the bloodletting here, calculated to torture an audience almost as much as those suffering on film," says John Monaghan of the Detroit Free Press. Somewhat rebuttling to this idea of the Saw films labeled as "Slasher films," director Darren Lynn Bousman tells Fangoria, "No, I don't get offended if people [label us a slasher film]," and, "I consider our films more than that, but everyone is entitled to their opinion."
Playing in 3,167 theatres Saw III grossed an total of $33,610,391 on its opening weekend. With a production budget of $10 million, the film is considered a box office success. Saw 3 is currently in the first position on the box office charts, overgrossing The Departed and The Prestige by almost 25 million.
On Monday, October 30, 2006, Lions Gate Entertainment announced plans to produce another sequel for a release on October 26, 2007. Tobin Bell, who played Jigsaw in the first three films, will appear in the fourth. Also, Bell announced that he signed a contract for 5 sequels.
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