Saw 3D (2010) is the seventh film in the Saw horror series.
WARNING: This page contains a few untagged spoilers that assume you have knowledge of spoilers from the prior entries of the franchise. This likewise includes the synoposis.
Hoffman has managed to survive his predecessor's final game for him, albeit not without injury. Now seeking revenge on Jill Tuck, who placed him in the trap according to John's will, he proceeds to go on the warpath to find her. All the while, a man named Bobby Dagen, who proclaims himself as a survivor of one of Jigsaw's traps and achieved fame for writing a book about it, finds himself put into one of Jigsaw's games which forces him to try to save the people who participated in his scams.
This film provides examples of:
- All Just a Dream: Jill's first "death" falls under this.
- And I Must Scream: At the end of the film, Hoffman is chained in the dark abandoned bathroom with no means of escape and will certainly suffer a slow, painful death.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted. Hoffman wins as effortlessly as he has in the past two films—then gets captured and left to die by Lawrence. Given that Lawrence is another Jigsaw
apprenticeaccomplice, he's technically also a bad guy, but he's leagues better than Hoffman.
- Big "NO!": Hoffman does this at the end of the film when Dr. Gordon leaves him chained up to die in the same bathroom he was in.
- Black Blood: An unintentional example. The film was made for 3D viewing, and it looks fine when viewed that way. However, the home releases which changed the film's title to Saw VII or Saw: The Final Chapter are not viewable in 3D. When you shoot a film in 3D, you have to change some colors so they'll show up properly when viewed through the 3D effect; for example, some colors need to be lighter so they show up darker during 3D viewing. The fake blood they used during shooting is more of a hot pink color than it is red, which looks red during 3D viewing but not during normal 2D viewing. This means that the home releases feature victims bleeding liquid cotton candy instead of actual blood and it looks totally ridiculous, making the film hard to take seriously.
- Blood from the Mouth: After a chainsaw begins slowly cutting into Dina's stomach, this is one of the prime signs that she's dead.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Averted by Hoffman. Once he gets Jill into the Reverse Bear Trap, he stands there and watches until she dies.
- Booby Trap: Hoffman, having completely abandoned even Jigsaw's twisted concept of morality, begins to use these again.
- Brick Joke: The Reverse Bear Trap is arguably the most iconic trap of the franchise, seeing as how two people (Amanda and Hoffman) survived it. The trap was bound to kill someone in this film, and when it does, it looks awesome. Hoffman even uses the original model of the trap—the one Amanda survived—instead of the newer-looking model that he escaped.
- Bullying a Dragon: Bobby to John, emphatically so. Impersonating a victim of a serial killer who victimises frauds was only ever going to end one way.
- Bystander Syndrome: Taken Up to Eleven with the Public Execution Trap, where a huge crowd of pedestrians stand around the display window and only two of them make an attempt to do anything; one tries to bash the glass with her briefcase and another calls the police. Some are even filming it.
- Car Fu: The Horsepower Trap, in which a group of skinheads will be killed in various ways when a car is released from the two jacks holding it and speeds forward. Which it does.
- Chained to a Railway: Kind of. The trailer for Saw 3D shows a woman (Jill) suspended in the air with a vehicle with a giant blade on the front coming toward her. Unlike most examples of this Dead Horse Trope, this trap looks like it might actually be terrifying. It was, though this particular trap was All Just a Dream.
- Character Blog: The main "victim" of this film, Bobby Dagen, has a Twitter page, a website and a Facebook page. The S.U.R.V.I.V.E. group that Bobby Dagen leads has a Facebook page and a blog.
- Chekhov's Gunman:
- Dr. Gordon is first seen dragging himself away from the first film's setting and cauterizing his amputated foot and later shows up at a gathering of Jigsaw survivors. At the end of the film, it turns out he had been nursed back to health by Jigsaw, given a prosthetic foot, and trained as an apprentice. Gordon becomes the only truly faithful apprentice who doesn't go off the rails and abandon the Jigsaw code when Hoffman kills Jill Tuck—acting on Jigsaw's orders, Gordon captures Hoffman and leaves him to die in the same bathroom from the first film.
- Dan, who was one of the skinheads who died in the horsepower trap (particularly the one who lost his lower jaw and arms) later has his body used as a decoy by Hoffman.
- Continuity Cavalcade: The S.U.R.V.I.V.E. meeting.
- Crucified Hero Shot: While chained up in the train trap, Jill appears to be doing one of these.
- Death by Racism: Evan and his skinhead friends in his trap.
- Digital Destruction: An inverted example where the lack of digital retouching for the non-3D home releases Saw VII/Saw: The Final Chapter made the film look far worse than the original theatrical 3D version. Due to the film being shot with lighter colors for 3D so the colors would appear darker when viewed in 3D as intended, the non-3D home releases feature the entire film sporting a light, washed-out coloration and virtually no deep reds, including hot pink blood as mentioned above, a hot pink lightbulb which is supposed to be red that comes on during a particular trap, and a lot of hot pink scrawlings on walls, doors, and floors that are clearly supposed to be red. These coloration issues could have easily been solved through proper editing and retouching, but the film suffers greatly from a lazy, hastily-made home version.
- Eye Scream: Imagine being slowly pierced through your eyes and mouth. Not fun.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even Jigsaw hates racist skinhead gangs. The trap barely looks survivable at all, and one of the group is tied up with barbed wire when chains would have been perfectly fine.
- Fan Disservice: The girl in the opening is probably the biggest fanservice material in the whole franchise—until her intestines spill out, anyway.
- Final Girl: Subverted. Jill Tuck has an inevitable showdown with Hoffman at the police station. She dies when he puts her in the reverse bear trap.
- Flash Back Echo: Saw 3D gives us Dr. Gordon closing the bathroom door on Hoffman, leaving him to die.
- Flayed Alive: One of the four victims in the Horsepower Trap is superglued into the driver's seat of a car. In order to save himself and the others, he has to pull himself loose by ripping off the skin from his arms and back.
- Foreshadowing: To foreshadow the fact that Bobby's a liar (which isn't revealed for quite a few minutes), his trap isn't shown in flashback. Given how the series always shows traps in action, that's a clue that it never actually happened.
- Gas Chamber: There's a Booby Trap gas chamber for the SWAT team.
- Heal It with Fire: Dr. Gordon does this with a hot metal pipe to his recently made stump.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Bobby's final test—the "game" he must "win" to save his wife—is the trap he made up in his lies about being a Jigsaw survivor. He doesn't quite pull it off.
- Ironic Echo: Bobby pretends to be a survivor of Jigsaw's games and creates an acronym (S.U.R.V.I.V.E.) that supposedly imparts the lessons he learned from his (fake) experience. When he actually takes part in Jigsaw's "game", the phrases his acronym stands for are scrawled all over the walls—partially because they embody the values Jigsaw tries to instill in his victims.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Dr. Gordon does this to Hoffman by leaving him to die in the bathroom. It would be cruel if Hoffman wasn't such a murderous asshole.
- The Last Title: Some video releases present the film as Saw VII or Saw: The Final Chapter.
- Love Triangle: Brad and Ryan are both involved in relationships with Dina, so in the public execution trap, Jigsaw asks both men to attempt to kill each other with a table of saws, in order to "prove who is the alpha male" and allow one of the men to kill his romantic rival. However, unlike most examples of this trope, the love triangle is not resolved in favor of either "competitor", as when Dina's loyalties switch between whoever happens to be winning, this convinces both men to call it a draw and allow Dina to be killed instead.
- Murder by Cremation: Bobby's wife, Joyce, is burned alive in a Brazen bull when Bobby fails his final trap.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: This is invoked and then subverted in the opening trap. Brad and Ryan, the men in the trap, can either fight to the death over the woman they both love or let her die instead. Realizing that she doesn't care which one of them dies so long as one of them saves her, the men agree to let her die so both of them can survive.Ryan: She's not worth it.
- No One Could Survive That!: The ending, in which Hoffman is left chained up in the bathroom from the first film with no readily apparent means of escape, acts as if that's a guaranteed death sentence. But Eric Matthews was also trapped in that situation at the end of Saw II, and he still managed to free himself. Word of God confirms that Dr. Gordon anticipated this and took more care to make the room inescapable—including throwing the one unbroken hacksaw out of the room.
- Once More, with Clarity!: Jigsaw had one more apprentice, the only one he completely trusted—and it was Dr. Gordon. This reveal is accompanied by several shots of past Jigsaw victims being set up in ways that Jigsaw (a mechanical engineer) couldn't pull off, but a surgeon could. These include the "key behind the eye" trap in Saw II and the "eyes sewn shut" trap of Saw IV.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In the public execution trap, after Ryan realizes that Dina doesn't love either him or Brad, and convinces Brad to give up the struggle and let Dina die.Dina: What are you doing, you fucking assholes?!
Ryan: I think we're breaking up with you, Dina.
- Previews Pulse: used in this trailer for The Final Chapter.
- Punctuated Pounding: Hoffman, while bashing Jill's forehead against a table:Hoffman: You. Fucking. CUNT!
- Removing the Rival: The public execution trap is set up so that two men, both vying for a woman's affections, will have to attempt to kill each other so that when one of them dies, the woman can live. However, the trope is subverted when the woman's loyalties rapidly switch between whoever's winning the struggle, which proves she doesn't love either man, so both rivals refuse to kill each other over her, and she is killed instead.
- The Reveal: Lawrence cauterized his wound with the help of a hot pipe after escaping the bathroom. When Jigsaw discovers this, he takes Gordon in, nurses him back to health and places a prosthetic leg on him. Lawrence becomes the killer's one true apprentice—the only person trusted with the details of all the "games"—and willingly helps him with his schemes: He places the key behind the eye of Michael from Saw II, sews shut the eyes of Trevor from Saw IV, and tells Jigsaw about Lynn from Saw III. The letter Jill delivered to the medical office in Saw VI was addressed to Gordon; it contained a tape of Jigsaw telling Gordon to act against Hoffman should anything happen to Jill.
- Sarcastic Clapping: Dr. Gordon does it to the survivor meeting.
- Saying Too Much: In the public execution trap, either Brad or Ryan must fight to push a spinning saw onto the other man and kill him, or allow Dina to be killed by a saw instead. Initially, both of them struggle over the saws and are set to try to kill each other, but Dina makes a mistake that proves fatal to her: she first cheers for Brad when it looks like Brad might win, but then when Ryan starts winning she immediately switches and starts cheering for Ryan. The fact that Dina is willing to "love" whichever man kills the other causes Ryan to realize that she doesn't genuinely love either man (or she would have been cheering only for the one she loved), so he voluntarily gives up the struggle and convinces Brad to do the same, and Dina is killed instead.
- Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Dr. Gordon chains Hoffman to a pipe in the same bathroom where the events of the original Saw occurred, and removed his only means of escape (the saw). Word of God confirms that Hoffman dies there.
- Series Fauxnale: It was treated as such and even titled "The Final Chapter," until the eighth, Jigsaw, was revealed and set to come out in 2017.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Bobby survives to the end of the film (mostly because none of the tests ever placed him in direct danger), but fails to save anyone, including his wife whose trap involves the made-up trap Bobby lied about having experienced. He doesn't put the hooks deep enough into his body for it to sustain his weight, and they rip through.
- Space Whale Aesop: Always tell the truth and don't make up lies to get attention, especially if it's about having survived a serial killer's deadly trap when you actually didn't. If you do lie about that, said serial killer will likely kidnap your wife and friends, put them in lethal deathtraps, and put you in not one, but two deathtraps yourself, including the kind of trap that you lied about surviving. And then all you'll get for your troubles are physical and psychological scars from having failed to save your friends and your wife.
- Spikes of Doom: Bobby wakes up suspended over said spikes in a cage, the bottom of which flips open after he pulls a chain above him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Bobby claimed to be a Jigsaw survivor, only he never actually escaped a Jigsaw trap. This wouldn't have been a completely terrible idea...if he had started doing so after the events of Saw III (where Jigsaw was no longer alive) instead of before. Did Bobby really think Jigsaw would just let the lie slide?
- The Tooth Hurts: One "game" late in the film requires Bobby to simply put in a combination so he can get through a door. The combination has been etched on two of his teeth; he must extract them with a pair of locking pliers to get the combination and move forward.
- Your Head A-Splode: Evan's girlfriend has her head obliterated when the car falls on top of her head and revs up.