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Saw 7 (2010)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Kevin Greutert

Starring:
Tobin Bell/Jigsaw
Costas Mandylor/Hoffman
Cary Elwes/Dr. Gordon
Sean Patrick Flanery/Bobby
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PLOT-CRUNCH
Jigsaw offshoot and all around bad to the bone hombre Detective Hoffman (Mandylor) is at it again. he's setting up a new twisted game and tying up them loose ends in the name of covering his ass. Folks get killed via zany traps and we hear “Game Over”, not once but twice.
THE LOWDOWN
If I compare the SAW franchise to a head job (What else would I compare it to?), it would go a little something like this: with SAW 1 to 3, we had the full "me love you long time G.I.” deal. Stroking, sucking, swallowing... we were paid in full. For SAW 4 and beyond though, the bitch stopped suckling and just used her hand... hey it still got the job done... but a full package it wasn't So here we are now... SAW 7 mofos and mofettes, the final SAW flick (yeah right, tell that to Voorhees and Krueger, they'll have a good laugh about that freaking statement); so... did they go “out” with a bang? Yes...and no.

At the end of the fishing hooks down one's throat; I was entertained by SAW 7 and that's all I asked of it. As I've mentioned in my reviews for SAW 4 and beyond, after PART 3, I stopped giving a sprinkle of an iota of a shite about the mythology behind the series which has now become the equivalent of General Hospital for horror. And I ceased to care as to how “it all ties together” as well... really I couldn't be bothered. Much like Chris Carter made up THE X-FILES as he went along post Season 3; SAW 7 also felt like it tied stuff up and connected things out of its ass. Now that the big picture was revealed (Or was it... who were those dudes with the Pig masks... was Video Techie from SAW II one of them?); there was more holes in it than a Russian whore who also likes it in the ears... yeah both of them. But that's not to yap that there wasn't any morbid amusement to be had here. Let address the 3D first. Kind of a letdown. Aside from red wet chunks and pointy stuff randomly coming out of the screen (which owned by the way), the 3D was underused, which was a bummer cause seeing traps do their thing in 3D was the main reason I was pumped for this one. But hey, what can ya do... I lived.

With that sliced, SAW 7's pace was effortless, the traps varied from meh (a hanging...come on, this is SAW, you could do better than that), to so big that they were ridiculous (that Transformers oven had me in stitches) to viciously inventive (the car trio wham-bam-splat was a hoot). But hey, all of them were gripping (to varied degrees) to witness go down; and when the mess hit the screen, I went YUCK and was smiling like a schoolgirl losing her cookies, which is the main reason why I clock these movies at this point. And lets give another big show of hands to Costas Mandylor for his charismatic and intense show as the nutball killing machine Hoffman. Although his screen time was more limited than in the past sequels; the flick came alive to a higher plane every time he popped up onscreen. I so got off on witnessing him f*ck people up for some reason. Not sure why, but it got me excited and shit. All about that knife under folks chin fetish he had = NICE! Speaking of actors; Sean Patrick Flanery came through as the new pawn in this twisted game, I dug him in the role and I was right there with him as he was put through the Jigsaw ringer. Gina Holden as his wife Joyce did it for me as well; likable, credible and yeah, pretty hot, I was rooting for her to make it. Lastly I dug the references to the original SAW. I mean, if you're gonna do a “final chapter” to a franchise (till its time to release the next one, after fans have missed the series enough), you got to address the original movie, the source of it all, and this one did just that with class.

On the bland side of things, even though I didn't have any investment in the big story, it was kinda cool to see a key character from the original re-surface. The disappointment was that they hardly did anything with him. They should have used the dude more, give him a vaster role in the whole circus act. Same went for Jigsaw himself (yeah Tobin Bell), who was basically a cameo here. His lack of presence was felt by this jerk. And what was the point of that ONE trap going down in public again? Jigsaw putting his shit out there for all to see was a tantalizing idea (one I thought the movie was gonna be all about), too bad they just used it as the opening kill and then did JACK SHIT with it. Visually, I once again found Kevin Greutert's style too TV Movie-ish. Outside of the trap bits which were shot in a kinetic fashion, everything else was a stroll down basic coverage street. I yearned for more than that. And was it me or did it all feel more low budget than the past films (part 1 aside)? Not a huge deal but I did notice. I guess the dough went in the 3D process. Finally, the character of Gibson (tackled by Chad Donella) really got on my nerves; I didn't buy or care about him for a micro second, I wanted him to die A f*cking SAP. Easily the character I cared the LESS about in the whole thang.

At the end of the ripped out spleen SAW 7 was more of the same but with a couple of sweet nods and ties to the original. On a whole it made for a groovy Sunday afternoon, Halloween day, time waster. I got off on lots of it, in the same way I dig on lesbian porn and the more average of the old Cannon action films. I was given the tricks and treats that I expected to get, nothing more or less. GAME OVER? I doubt it...money will talk again sooner or later and SAW 8 will answer.
GORE
As per the SAW tradition, the grisly goods were in the house in spades, shit at this point its the main reason to watch these movies, so it better be. We get a sawed off belly, ripped skin, a face bashed in, jaw and arms ripped off, spikes in the eyes/mouth, jaw ripped open, flesh chunks, a burnt person, hooks in the chest, a person cut in half, stabbings under the neck, bullet in the eye and more! Oh yes there was blood.
T & A
Apart from a healthy cleavage shot; nathing.
BOTTOM LINE
Hey, at least its was better than PARAGARBAGE ACTIVITY 2. Thank Zeus! Look, I am very much aware that lots of people still have an investment in the SAW franchise's storyline and how it all ties together. I actually envy them peeps, cause they get more out of these later sequels than I do. Alas, I'm just not that guy and that's where this drivel is coming from. SAW 7 gave me more of the same, with a swift pace, bang on gore, some tight acting, traps that varied in quality, low key 3D and Costas Mandyor being the f*cking man, once again. Alas the flick was still too TV Movie vibe visually, the Gibson character grated me and the script didn't capitalize on its fresh ideas; "Jigsaw goes public" and "having a character from part 1 returning to the game". But hey, I still had groovy time, cringed at the bloody goods, rooted for Hoffman and enjoyed the easy flow of the thing. All good. I got my money's worth... all that mattered.
BULL'S EYE
Kevin Greutert was initially gonna direct the SAW series new competition, PARAGARBAGE ACTIVITY 2. But Lionsgate made the dude lose the gig and forced him to do SAW 7 as per his contractual obligations.

Kevin Greutert read the script and visited the set the day before he started shooting.

Look out for a cameo by Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
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2:36PM on 01/09/2011
2 1/2 you fucking idiot. No wonder nobody likes you.
2 1/2 you fucking idiot. No wonder nobody likes you.
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4:44PM on 11/16/2010

All righty then

Let's move on to another "Halloween (Autumn) movie series" with mood, dread, gore, and atmosphere!!
Let's move on to another "Halloween (Autumn) movie series" with mood, dread, gore, and atmosphere!!
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3:28PM on 11/11/2010

One of the most enjoyable sequels of the series.

The last "Saw" movie was a lot of fun, watching this in a theater with Real 3D.

Costas Mandylor is fun as Detective Hoffman, but Sean Patrick Flanery is a standout in this one. Tobin Bell is barely in this one, since his character died in the thrid movie. I guess the Screenwriters were out of ideas for the Jigsaw Character. One nice touch was Cary Elwes as Dr. Lawrence Gordon in a small supporting role.

"Saw 7:3D" is certainly better than some of the sequels. I hope, this is the true last
The last "Saw" movie was a lot of fun, watching this in a theater with Real 3D.

Costas Mandylor is fun as Detective Hoffman, but Sean Patrick Flanery is a standout in this one. Tobin Bell is barely in this one, since his character died in the thrid movie. I guess the Screenwriters were out of ideas for the Jigsaw Character. One nice touch was Cary Elwes as Dr. Lawrence Gordon in a small supporting role.

"Saw 7:3D" is certainly better than some of the sequels. I hope, this is the true last sequel of the series.
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5:34PM on 11/03/2010

Above Average Sequel Beyond Saw 3

This was a solid 3 outing and I have little to add to the comments so far.

I would put it on par with Saw 6, below 1-3, and above 4 and 5. I for one liked the last 'twist' and am always up for another entry in the series. Although it's like apples and oranges, I would say that this is among the best horror franchises of all time ... it certainly tops F13 and NOES for consistency although both of those franchises had great and awful entries.
This was a solid 3 outing and I have little to add to the comments so far.

I would put it on par with Saw 6, below 1-3, and above 4 and 5. I for one liked the last 'twist' and am always up for another entry in the series. Although it's like apples and oranges, I would say that this is among the best horror franchises of all time ... it certainly tops F13 and NOES for consistency although both of those franchises had great and awful entries.
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10:44PM on 11/02/2010
Well I'm satisfied and that to me is worth it, not the best entry in the series but it gave us a very strong (albeit predictable) ending that I just couldnt help but have a big shit eating grin on my face while watching :)

I've always loved the end to every SAW movie and this was no exception, Hoffmans game along with the true ending made for one great finale piece yet again and man, that score will always be at the top of my list, amazing music...

The Traps for the most part rocked and I
Well I'm satisfied and that to me is worth it, not the best entry in the series but it gave us a very strong (albeit predictable) ending that I just couldnt help but have a big shit eating grin on my face while watching :)

I've always loved the end to every SAW movie and this was no exception, Hoffmans game along with the true ending made for one great finale piece yet again and man, that score will always be at the top of my list, amazing music...

The Traps for the most part rocked and I liked the ideas behind them, even the noose one, the transformer was probably the most over the top trap in the whole series, had a chuckle at that one, but hands down the best thing about this was the lead SWAT office near the end of the film, his line "We got a live one here" was absolutely hilarious, cheese acting all the way LOL

All in all I had another great time and I probably couldnt have asked for a better ending after 7 films, I'm still amazed at how well everything has been tied together over the past 7 years and I honestly hope, as a HUGE fan of this series, that something else comes our way, even if its DTV :)
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9:41PM on 11/02/2010

Transformer Oven is about right. XD

Wasn't the best, but enjoyed this film for the same reason I enjoyed the others: the innovative traps. And watching Hoffman outsmart scores of law enforcement (yet again) is oddly satisfying.

Also doubt this will be the last, especially with how it ended, but guessing they'll just take a short break (think they finally realized pushing out a movie every year has caused people to grow tired of the franchise.) While part 3 would've been the perfect place to end these films, I admit that I'll
Wasn't the best, but enjoyed this film for the same reason I enjoyed the others: the innovative traps. And watching Hoffman outsmart scores of law enforcement (yet again) is oddly satisfying.

Also doubt this will be the last, especially with how it ended, but guessing they'll just take a short break (think they finally realized pushing out a movie every year has caused people to grow tired of the franchise.) While part 3 would've been the perfect place to end these films, I admit that I'll keep watching as long as each film can keep showing me an original trap/kill.
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9:48PM on 11/01/2010
I had the bizarro reaction between this and PA 2 (although PA 2 still sucked). Saw 7 is the worst film in this franchise hands down.
I had the bizarro reaction between this and PA 2 (although PA 2 still sucked). Saw 7 is the worst film in this franchise hands down.
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7:12PM on 11/01/2010
Love your review... loathed the film. Honestly, I didn't want to see it but my friends were like "come on!" so I went and I was not satisfied. This also doesn't feel like the LAST entry to me. Just sayin'.
Love your review... loathed the film. Honestly, I didn't want to see it but my friends were like "come on!" so I went and I was not satisfied. This also doesn't feel like the LAST entry to me. Just sayin'.
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6:14AM on 11/01/2010
Read my PA 2 review Xeres, I didn't think it had a good plot, so to answer your question, no. I just think SAW 7 is a better film than PA 2. Ironically enough, after only 2 films, the PA franchise is played out and boring to me already. My opinion, your opinion, all good, to each his own.
Read my PA 2 review Xeres, I didn't think it had a good plot, so to answer your question, no. I just think SAW 7 is a better film than PA 2. Ironically enough, after only 2 films, the PA franchise is played out and boring to me already. My opinion, your opinion, all good, to each his own.
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3:09AM on 11/01/2010
Really? You think mindlessly chopping people up is better than a movie with a good plot? Saw movies are played out and boring at this point. I liked Paranormal, it was interesting at least.
Really? You think mindlessly chopping people up is better than a movie with a good plot? Saw movies are played out and boring at this point. I liked Paranormal, it was interesting at least.
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1:30AM on 11/01/2010

I loved it!

Probably tied with Saw II for my third best of the series. The story and conclusion were fantastic and Hoffman was the ultimate badass of the year in this one. The ending was an awesome conclusion and Dr. Gordon's return was the best. The traps were awesome and the 3D wasn't too bad either. Glad to see the series go out with a bang.
Probably tied with Saw II for my third best of the series. The story and conclusion were fantastic and Hoffman was the ultimate badass of the year in this one. The ending was an awesome conclusion and Dr. Gordon's return was the best. The traps were awesome and the 3D wasn't too bad either. Glad to see the series go out with a bang.
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