Starring: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen,
Bahar Soomekh, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg. Rated R.
As iconic savages go, Jigsaw remains the most complicated – a bitter,
terminally ill serial killer who, in his sadistic way, allows his captives to
choose life or death. In Saw III, he plays a macabre marriage counselor
to a young couple struggling to survive the death of their son. Hokey? Perhaps,
but it makes for a surprisingly compelling study of human frailty, a dark,
disturbing parable soaked in bloody entrails. As usual, Jigsaw’s litany of
ingenious traps provides plenty of splatter, and it's not for the faint of
The unrated director’s cut offers a worthwhile selection of deleted scenes,
commentary tracks and a behind-the-scenes featurette explaining the
inner-workings of Jigsaw’s devilish toys, but collectors should hold out for
the inevitable double-disc treatment.