Friday, January 28, 2011

Saw: The Final Chapter

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Saw: The Final Chapter - 2 out of 5

I'm not going to lie, the Saw franchise is a guilty pleasure of mine. I know that's strange because, if you read my reviews, I am very harsh when it comes to horror films and I've openly admitted that I'm not a fan of gore porn due to its lack of quality writing and acting. However, there is a uniqueness to the Saw films (I hesitate to use the word 'charm'). The first film genuinely scared me and the 2nd and 3rd were complete and utter crap. However, 4, 5, and 6 were entertaining to me. They weren't scary and many of the traps made me feel uncomfortable because, let's face it, the death scenes are harsh to watch but they entertained me. The character of Jigsaw is fascinating and the choices he makes his victims chose from are very interesting and thought provoking. So, when it was announced the series was coming to an end with a 3D film, I was intrigued. (Now let's just hope that they decide against rebooting the series like they claim they want to.)

Too bad it turned out to be disappointing.

The entertainment value I saw in the last three films is gone and replacing it is something that looks like a direct-to-DVD SyFy original. Despite the blood and guts, the film's quality is just plain terrible and looks cheap. On top of this, the film fails to bring in a decent lead actor as they turn to the now unrecognizable since his plastic surgery Sean Patrick Flanery--who should, in my opinion, never be allowed to be on film again after the abortion of a film The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day came out. (Yeah I know he didn't write it but he was involved with it as an actor and people must pay for that crime against cinema) Flanery is flat and lifeless as a charlatan trying to make it big off the wave of disorder Jigsaw created. But Flanery's inability to be convincing is paled in comparison to, what I can only describe as the poor man's Christian Bale without the passion; Chad Donella. Watching this guy act is almost like being in one of Jigsaw's traps. Every scene he was in, I was fumbling around to find the tape left by Jigsaw in my place and figure out why I was being put through this torture and how I was suppose to get out.

And then there is the ending. If you've seen the other Saw films, you can pretty much call the ending from the very beginning seconds of the film. Yep, the series has become that formulaic in its 7 movie. However, this is nothing new to the horror film genre.

Other than some unique traps (the opening one is really cool) the film's only real saving grace is the fact that sweet Wesley himself, Cary Elwes returns to reprise his role as Dr. Lawrence Gordon. Sadly, that really is the film's only highlight. Overall, unless you are a fan of the Saw franchise, you have no real reason to watch this movie.

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