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SAW 3D, 2010
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.
Release Date: 15 October 2010
Everytime I watch a SAW movie I always wish that the films were just made a little bit better. They are not poorly made films, but they arenít movies that are exceptionally made either. Not even close to it actually.
Thereís always a moment at least every 10 minutes that plays to the audience in such a false way, you are taken out of the film. The art of filmmaking is to capture the audience and get them so into the story, they forgot that they are watching a film. They are taking part of an experience. And with all the SAW movies, you know youíre watching a movie. And thatís what separates this franchise from being okay, which it is right now, to great.
But Iím sure many are thinking that most, if not all, horror films are campy in nature and not executed in a fine fashion. And thatís true, but I think the SAW films are loaded with such great ideas, I just wished the style of filmmaking was taken from a thriller perspective and not from a, well I donít know what perspective the SAW team is taking. Itís like they are just shooting footage and attempting to entertain the audience through their 80 minute runtimes with their creative ways to kill people with the gadgets they come up with. And nothing else. Perhaps most audience members donít want anything else, but this is one of those cases where you donít know what you donít know.
The easiest example to make is the acting performances in the movies. What they do is cast seasoned actors in the major roles (usual cast of characters in SAW 3D with a terrific performance by the lead role in the film Sean Patrick Flannery) and then fill the rest of the movie with actors who seem to just be out of acting school.
Itís not like many of the performances are from actors who are bad, but it takes a long time for any actor to figure out how to work best on camera. Take a look at many of the great actors of our time first films. They are not performed that great as you need to spend a lot of time on set (some say at least 10,000 hours) to really master the art of performing in this medium. The camera shows everything and each actor should have a lot of knowledge on the use of camera angles, lenses, how to pace themselves through a performance, what the director is trying to accomplish thematically during each scene, etc. etc... Not to mention that they have to take all of those mentioned logical aspects of acting on film and not think about them when working on their creative performance.
It just seems like the SAW producers donít care who they cast in their films. One of the key roles in the movie is the detective called Gibson. Heís supposed to be a seasoned guy, like the type of people we see on those TV procedural shows. But they casted some actor who is barely out of his 20s and doesnít have much experience. So Iím sure heís a decent actor, but his experience canít pull off the role he was hired to play. Heís so unconvincing, he took me right out of the film and I stopped caring.
Little thing like this makes these films not so great.
And itís not like they are hurting for money as this franchise has done well for its production company and Hollywood distributors. I wished they didnít cut so many corners and decided to make a great film that stands the test of time.
Suspense is the key to a film like this. In the future, technology is going to get better and so are the creative filmmaking teams like makeup, special effects and CGI. So watching SAW 3D in say 2020 is going to be a laugh out loud (in not a good way) experience because what they are doing now will look like amateur hour in 10 years. BUT, if you execute the basic filmmaking storytelling tools like suspense, character development and emotional connections that all tie into a strong theme, then you donít care if the technology is poor or not.
Think about STAR WARS, made in 1977. Watch the film today and 33 years later itís still a solid film because the story is told properly. Of course if made Star Wars today it would look a whole lot better, but it doesnít really matter how poor by todayís comparisons the special effects are because we are connected to the world created and the characters.
Oh I wish they really took their time with the SAW films. This whole franchise just seems like a disposable consumption. Itís McDonalds when it could be a nice restaurant that gives you a meal that youíll remember and want to go back to.
But who am I to judge. The producers obviously have a way they do things film after film. And it all seems to really work. And perhaps Iím not the best person who should be commenting.
All I know is that I had to take my 3D glasses off after 20 minutes because I just couldnít handle it. But I was the only one with an audience of over 100 people.
Interesting opening sequence too. They had their typical gadget, someone needs to make a choice, killing setup to really get the audiences into the movie. This time they did it with a large audience of white color workers looking on at the killing SAW game. The commentary of this sequence is that if things like this occur in real life, people would still be watching. And they would pull out their cell phones and take pictures of it too!
Would people watch a blatant gory murder like this in real life? Wouldnít they run away and be horrified? I think thereís a big difference between watching flickering images of murder on a big screen in a dark theater and watching murder with your own eyes in real life.
In todayís world we are more connected than ever before in human history. BUT, there is also a huge disconnect because our communication in between a mechanism. It started with pen letters, then phones, then cell phones and now emails and social networking. There isnít that human connection anymore because we can observe things without actually being there. Like witnessing a murder. BUT I like to think that if 1000s of people witnessed a murder in person like they did in the beginning of SAW 3D, then they wouldnít keep watching in entertainment! Would they?