Saw 3D: Full circle, indeed
Allow me to get this right out in the open: I’m a huge horror fan. I started reading Stephen King novels at the tender age of 10, and watched my first real horror flick at 11 (Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, which I must have watched a hundred times from the first to when I graduated high school). But I do have some standards – I need a little plot with my horror. Gore-fests are great, but gallons of blood and guts just aren’t enough to keep me coming back for sequel after sequel after sequel.
That’s why I fell in love with the first Saw movie. (Well, that, and Cary Elwes, who will forever be the Dread Pirate Wesley to me but still rocks my world whatever he’s in.) The original Saw was amazing – it was new and different, filled with both gore and heavy psychological scares, and the ending (which, thankfully, no one spoiled for me) completely blew me away. I actually stood up and cheered for it. Good thing I was watching it at home.
Naturally, I wanted more. I continued to watch the Saw franchise (though I waited for the DVDs rather than going to the theater). None of the sequels were as mind-blowingly awesome as the original, but they were certainly satisfying. Plot was maintained along with a lovely high gore factor, and for most of the movies, I managed to take away a surprise or two.
When I heard the final installment was going to be in 3-D, I knew I HAD to see it in a theater. Eye-popping splatter! Bring it on!
I took my son and my nephews (all of us faithful Saw followers) to the theater on Halloween night. And, as a long-time Saw fan, I must give major kudos to the writers on this project. Saw 7 surpassed most of the sequels, and was almost as good as the original.
However. If you haven’t watched the entire franchise, don’t bother with this one. Like Terry Pratchett’s hilarious picture book Where’s My Cow?, it’s only amazing if you know what’s come before.
Also, allow me to save you a few bucks. The 3D effects were totally awesome…when they happened. Which was so infrequently, it was almost not worth the price of admission. I’m only harboring no regrets because we went on Halloween, there was an almost full theater of Saw fans, and at the end, we all cheered.
I won’t give anything away, but the cheering had something to do with Cary Elwes.
So, all you Saw fans, go watch this movie. Catch it in 2D if you want to save money (you won’t miss much, honest), or wait for the DVD. But it’s an imperative flick if you’ve seen the rest of the movies. It is the perfect ending for this film franchise – which is to say, the only ending that makes sense. And even if you’ve already guessed what’s going to happen (as I did), it’s still worth the viewing.
And if you haven’t seen any of them, but you love horror, GET STARTED. Go watch the first one right now. You will be hooked.