Clark Collis
January 19, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Saw III

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
107 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/27/06
performer
Angus MacFadyen, Tobin Bell, Dina Meyer
director
Darren Bousman
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
James Wan
genre
Horror

We gave it a B-

The Saw films are a cut — or should that be a slash? — above most frightfests in terms of both plotting and philosophical ruminations. But at times movie No. 3 in the series seems to forget that its primary raison d’être is to scare the pants off people. Even the goriest sequence — in which a kidnapped doctor must perform brain surgery on the franchise’s chief villain, Jigsaw — is more for fans of ER and/or power tools than frights.
EXTRAS Deleted scenes, docs, and three amiable filmmakers’ commentaries (”That transition was Scorsese-worthy!”).

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