Saw III (R)

Horror 107 October 27, 2006
By Rob Nelson
Milestone in Motion Picture History: On Halloween weekend, 2006, Saw III grossed $34.5 million to become the Iraq-war era's bloodiest chart-topping torture movie whose victims don't include Jesus of Nazareth. God -- or Jack Valenti -- only knows how this work of pure entertainment got an R rating "for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language," including the scene wherein a woman hangs buck naked from the ceiling of a cold meat locker, shivering to death as she's periodically sprayed with water. Director Darren Lynn Bousman favors a bile-green lighting scheme (bile green may very well be the new orange) and likes using subliminally fast edits in some of the torture scenes, pushing the envelope of post-MTV horror. Most of this is laughably absurd, but, unlike the first Saw, the epic third installment gives no indication that its humor is remotely intentional.
Darren Lynn Bousman Tobin Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Dina Meyer, Kim Roberts, Shawnee Smith, Bahar Soomekh Leigh Whannell, James Wan Peter Block Lionsgate Films

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