(Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Flanery, et al / R / 92 mins)
Overview: The Saw series continues with this seventh entry, spearheaded by returning Saw VI director Kevin Greutert. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton also are back to pen the script, which details the exploits of serial killer Jigsaw's surviving victims, who seek counseling from a self-help mentor (Sean Patrick Flanery) whose past as a previous victim figures directly into each one's fate. Cary Elwes returns to the franchise for the first time since his character survived Jigsaw's first cinematic outing in 2004.
Verdict: As I went in to see Saw 3D, I grabbed a regular pair of 3D glasses, and passed on the special Saw 3D glasses. That was my first mistake. Maybe the special Saw 3D glasses filtered out the suckiness.
Sean Patrick Flanery stars as Bobby - a Jigsaw survivor who has gone on to fame and fortune as he counsels other survivors and promotes the book he wrote about how the experience changed his life for the better. His publicity has caught the attention of Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), the man who cut off his own foot in the first Saw movie (also known as the GOOD Saw movie).
Also, a bitter fight to the death has broken out between Jigsaw's widow, Jill (Betsy Russell), and the man who had been working with the evil serial killer, Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). To protect herself, Jill has gone to the police to help them capture Hoffman, and an old friend, Detective Gibson (Chad Donella), has been given the assignment of protecting her.
Why is Dr. Gordon interested in Bobby?
Who will live - Jill or Hoffman?
Saw 3D is anything but a 3D movie. Sure, they will charge you 15 bucks for the ticket (which I paid for with my hardly earned money), but it's not worth it. The amount of 3D in the movie is infinitesimal.
I was able to watch most of the movie without my 3D glasses, and noticed very few scenes are in the format. Even the ones that are have very little impact, and didn't elicit screams of joy or horror from the crowd. Save your money. Of course, you could save your money by refusing to go at all!!!