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Running Time:
2 hours, 10 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
Strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
More blood and more gore than ever before, but hardcore horror fans will love it.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: The traps of Saw III; The details of death: The props of Saw III; Darren's diary: Anatomy of a director; Commentary with director darren lynn bousman, writer/executive producer leigh whannell, and executive producers peter block and jason constantine; Commentary with producers oren koules and mark burg; Commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman, editor kevin Greutert and director of photography David A. Armstrong; Deleted scenes; 16x9 widescreen; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles; English closed captioned; Trailers.

Picking up where Saw II left off, detective Eric Walters (Donnie Wahlberg "The Sixth Sense") is still chained up in a basement bathroom trying hard to escape. Meanwhile his former partner (Dina Meyer "Saw I and II") is trying to locate him. Instead, she finds the scattered remains of Jigsaw's latest victim before falling into one of his deathtraps herself. Meanwhile Jigsaw ( Tobin Bell "La Femme Nikita") lays on his deathbed as he and his protégé Amanda ( Shawnee Smith "Dead Men Can't Dance") hide from the police. To try to keep him alive, Amanda kidnaps a surgeon ( Bahar Soomekh "Crash") and forces her to operate, while the father of a boy killed in a car accident (Angus Macfayden "Braveheart") goes through a gauntlet of Jigsaw's traps attempting to get even with those responsible for the death of his son. Even if you've seen the first two movies, you might have trouble figuring out who everyone is without a recap. But each major character gets flashback scenes, including a few that add a bit of texture to the events of parts I and II. The deathtraps have gotten even more extravagant and gory than the earlier movies with things that will make even those with the strongest stomachs wince, grimace or look away. As Jigsaw's deathtraps get more insane, it's hard to believe that someone could actually build some of them.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman ("Butterfly Dreams") who also directed Saw II has made a film with lots and lots of pain, torture, blood and mayhem. When it starts to get into the history between Amanda and Jigsaw, that's where things start to get interesting with some scenes almost acting as a prequel to the first movie, answering a lot of the questions that people may have had. Still, it's hard to empathize much with Amanda's character because she's so abrasive. The movie's two major twists are not very satisfying, but there's a shocking series of blood-soaked climactic events, and a cliffhanger ending that if "Saw III" does as well at the boxoffice as I and II, should have "Saw IV" coming along to frighten and thrill you at your neighborhood multiplex next year.

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