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YMMV / Saw 3D

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  • Anvilicious: The message of the film is dead simple: Don't lie. Or you'll have your loved one roasted alive before your eyes.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack of the film has some pretty decent tracks, and mixing compositions by Charlie Clouser and various rock ensembles, including songs such as Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami by Japanese Death Metal band Dir en grey. It also features music by Dead By Sunrise, Saliva, Boom Boom Satellites, Hinder, and Krokus.
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  • Badass Decay: Jill Tuck. In Saw VI, she Took a Level in Badass and placed an upgraded Reverse Bear Trap on Hoffman, leaving him to die without any sign of remorse. After her plan fails, her badassness immediately goes away in this movie, and she willingly puts herself under Witness Protection while spending most of the movie sitting at a safe house or in a jail cell. But the worst part was at the end, where she starts screaming and wailing for help at the top of her lungs when Hoffman finds her in her cell.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Chester Bennington playing a victim of Jigsaw's traps became this when he committed suicide on July 20, 2017, the same day that the first trailer for Jigsaw came out.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The infamous pink blood is far funnier as a month after the movie's release Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc would come out in Japan, which also depicts blood as a bright pink (though it was more as a stylistic choice rather than due to failure to properly color correct). Incidentally, it’s also about a Deadly Game.
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  • Homoerotic Subtext/Ho Yay: Brad and Ryan, who choose to save each other instead of their girlfriend Dina.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Bobby Dagen, never more so than when he fails his final test. It was bad enough seeing him lose all of his friends and co-workers; seeing him lose his wife — in one of the franchise's most disturbing death scenes — was just icing on the Woobie portion of the cake.
    • At the same time, he's still a Jerkass. Granted, he couldn't have foreseen where his lies would lead to, but his deception and smug attitude caused doom for his loved ones.
  • Memetic Loser: Bobby.
  • Memetic Mutation: Quoting Linkin Park lyrics in the horsepower trap, because of their late lead vocalist Chester Bennington playing its lead victim Evan. "Crawling" and "In the End" are especially popular for this, the former due to the line "crawling in my skin, these wounds, they will not heal" (itself highly memetic in its own right) and the fact that the trap involves Evan having to rip the skin from his back, and the latter for the line "I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end it doesn't even matter", which describes Evan's struggle pretty well.
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  • Padding: The Horsepower Trap adds nothing to the film except for a few minutes of runtime and four kills. It's also totally disconnected from the main plot of the movie, so it could be cut out and the story would be completely unaffected.
  • Pair the Spares: Some fans pair Dina's boyfriends Brad and Ryan after the two made a truce and choose to save each other over Dina who was selfish.
  • Sequelitis: Saw 3D gained a lot of hatred from the fanbase for the widespread 3D gimmicks and sacrificing of the plot for more Gorn. Some see 3D as falling straight into the Torture Porn nadir that the series used to mostly avert. The well-documented Executive Meddling didn't help things either.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The opening public trap.
    • Also arguably the horsepower trap, partly for the Narm of it, and partly for Chester Bennington.
    • Jill's death via the Reverse Bear Trap. Fans have long waited to see the trap actually kill a victim.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The much maligned "pink blood" is often described as this. Behind the scenes shots show that the blood actually did look pretty real, but was changed to a pinkish color in editing so that it could still appear red in 3D viewings.
    • The Lawnmower Trap is mostly just a bad green screen.
    • In Jill's dream sequence, when she's sliced in half by the go-kart, both halves of her body are clearly a dummy full of fake gore.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Saw 3D had two potential interesting plot points: what made Lawrence join Jigsaw and the Jigsaw survivor group. Both of them were ignored in favor of Bobby Dagen's storyline; the survivor's group goes nowhere and Lawrence's role amounts to little more than a cameo and doesn't tell us anything that the fans hadn't already guessed years ago. Several concepts were scrapped as a result of the final two movies being crammed into one.
    • The movie also begins with a new concept: A trap appearing in public, where three victims are sealed behind bulletproof glass in front of a busy street. This would've been a very intriguing subplot (how does the crowd react, the societal impact, the added difficulty of setting these traps up without being discovered etc.) Sadly, it's never followed up on besides Word of God confirming that the two pigmasks who helped Lawrence kidnap Hoffman were Brad and Ryan, the men from the aforementioned trap.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Dina in the opening trap. Had she not tried to convince her lovers Brad and Ryan to kill the other within each other's earshots which made her reveal her true intentions, she might have had a chance of survival. Instead they subvert Murder the Hypotenuse and make a pact to let her die instead.
    • In Bobby's first test, he has to use a fish hook to retrieve a key from inside Nina's body, with the key being what will open the lock and free her; however, whenever any noise is made, such as by screaming, spikes will move closer to pierce her throat and kill her. Screaming while Bobby's fishing the key out can be blamed on pain (especially with all the blood coming out), though you'd still expect her to show some more restraint. But before this even starts, after she's been told that making noise will drive her closer to death, Nina's instant reaction is to scream at the top of her lungs and not stop until Bobby forcibly covers her mouth. Bear in mind that at this point, besides fear and discomfort from being held in place, there's nothing going on to induce screaming and she was rather quiet before this. Bobby's reaction after she dies sums it up nicely:
      Bobby: Why wouldn't you just shut the fuck up?!
    • Bobby himself may fall into this in his final test, the recreation of his made-up trap. He tries to do it the way he invented, by embedding the hooks in his pectorals, rather than investigating whether literally any other option might work, such as the fact that the hooks looked big enough for him to put his feet in, or put them under his armpits. Worse, he's fully clothed when entering this trap but decides to strip off his shirt without a second thought; it's entirely possible he could've hooked his belt loops and not risked injury at all.
  • The Woobie:
    • It's hard not to feel sorry for Jill as she struggles and fails to escape the Reverse Bear Trap near the end of the film, with her happier times with John flashing before her eyes.
    • Joyce, arguably the biggest woobie in the entire franchise, who gets burned alive in an inescapable trap, simply for being married to Bobby.


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