aka: Saw 3-D, Saw 7, Saw 7 3-D
Director: Kevin Greutert
Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Cary Elwes, Sean Patrick Flanery
The traps come alive
Jigsaw’s apprentice Mark Hoffman is still on the loose and it is now up to Detective Matt Gibson to hunt him down. Hoffman is setting up a final game in able to lure out Jigsaw’s ex-wife Jill Tuck, who he wants to see dead.
At the same time, a final game is also being played where the victim is Bobby Dagen. Dagen is a guy who has taken advantage of the Jigsaw saga by writing a false book on how he survived one of Jigsaw’s traps… a dishonest action that the evil mastermind didn’t appreciate very much.
The Final Chapter, how many horror sequels have used this name and actually been the last movie in the franchise? This might actually be a first, cause it does seem like the Saw saga died off with this film. Add to the fact that they had to add a 3-D element to the film and everything seemed doomed to fail, which it did on any other levels than in the box office.
They connected this to the original by getting Cary Elwes to replay his role as Dr. Gordon, a nice revisit that they managed to mix in to the story, but because of the end twist and the role he played in it I wished they would have rather let the character be dead. Even if they wanted to end everything explained, the final twist does create a few new ones when it comes to logic. I guess they should get some respect for trying to tie everything in, something that can’t be easy considering how many twists and turns the story has taken over the years.
They did do something decent with the victim story this time around, having Sean Patrick Flanery’s character Bobby try to take advantage of the Jigsaw story and making it turn around and bite him in the face, but this time around it doesn’t feel like the terror he has to go through was done as effective as it should have been. Had they introduced this substory in an earlier sequel, then perhaps it would have worked better.
Another thing that kept bothered me from the start was the opening scene that took place in a store, in front of plenty of bystanders. The scene is played so stupid and comedic that I was sure that it was some kind of fake setup that would make a setting where several years has passed since the Jigsaw murders and people have gotten over it so much that they now can have fun with it, but no. It was meant to be taken serious for some reason and it was just the worst scene of all Saw films, past and probably even in the future.
Kevin Greutert returned from the previous film do to this, but he was actually not supposed to be directing this film. Instead he had signed up to do the sequel for Paranormal Activity, but due to an option in the contract with the producers of Saw, he was brought back to this franchise a few weeks before principal photography. It is technically not as tight as the fourth film, but it’s really the story that brings everything down and only so much a director can do with such a short amount of time.
Saw: The Final Chapter sees the end of one of, if not the most financial successful horror franchise of all time. It is a series that started out great, but ended up quickly falling into mediocrity. The Final Chapter will probably be the final film until a reboot/remake shows up years from now. It is not a great film at all, but at least it does give the fans of the series an ending to it all.