After blowing his cover and suffering horrific injuries in Saw VI, Hoffman is now a fully fledged psychopath. The plot focuses on his revenge against Jill Tuck, who is seeking immunity from Internal Affairs agent Gibson. Meanwhile, a Jigsaw survivor becomes the final pawn.
Teeth pulling, electrocutions and hangings all add to the nastiness. And there's a brilliantly original scene with a car. The trap count is the highest ever, but the story does suffer as a result. The public display, ironically involving Saws, has no relevance to the story or overarching plot. And it's hard to imagine anyone caring enough to go to such extreme lengths. Every single trap has served a purpose, even if they were linked together in later films. Being the last chapter, no such luxury is enjoyed here. The visual style of the series is also sacrificed for the 3D effect; the fast edit style being replaced by masturbatory close ups.
The long awaited return of Lawrence Gordon is also criminally held back. He features in just a handful of scenes. While the impact is satisfying, it seems like this has been lazily stitched together from fan theories. In fact Gordon's motivations are hazy at best, and his relationship with Jigsaw is hastily established. Worst of all, Tobin Bell appears in just one full scene. Yes, he's dead, but the man is the very essence of Saw, commanding every scene, and deserved a far better tribute than this.
Saw 3D leaves room for a sequel, and it feels undercooked in places. Disappointing.