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PEOPLE: Same director as the last Saw movie [he edited Saw movies before he directed them]; same writers as Saw 4 through present. Most of the same cast, but with a few new characters.

PLOT SUMMARY: A group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek help from a Jigsaw survivor self-help guru who’s become famous for surviving his Jigsaw ordeal. Detective Hoffman is dead set on killing Jill (Jigsaw’s ex-wife), and police seek to protect her.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Witness intimidation leads to complications.

QUIRKS: Visceral horror with squeamish and disturbing scenes. Had to be re-submitted 6 times to get an “R” rating. (Yay Hollywood censorship!)

This installment has the most returning characters of any Saw movie, as well as the most traps and highest body count of any Saw movie.

VISUALS: I thought the blood was a little too pink… But other than that, the traps, sets, and everything else in this movie were up to the normal, brutal Saw standards.

Did not get a chance to see this in 3-D… But I don’t see the point of Saw being in 3-D as much as other movies.

SOUNDTRACK: There was an Ozzy song?!?

MORALS: Appreciate your life! Seems to be the moral of all Saw movies, though detractors don’t seem to know, notice, or realize this.

GOOD STUFF: Being able to disturb and unsettle Clint: An accomplishment. That fish hook scene? Jesus Christ. That was the worst. And thus, the best :)

BAD STUFF: Carolyn said it wasn’t as interconnected with the other movies as much as the other ones, but I disagree. This movie changed all the previous Saw movies (via retconning). Every Saw movie changes all the previous Saw movies. This one had a lot of connections to every other Saw movie, especially Saw 6, Saw 1, and Saw 3-5.

Also… During that final trap, I couldn’t help but think [highlight for spoilers] that he could have maybe put those hooks through his jeans instead of through his pectoral muscles. Perhaps that final trap was a bit weaker than it should have been. Or maybe he was scared that he was being watched. That’s actually pretty logical, now that I think about it. Don’t break the rules if you want to beat the trap.

People complain about plot holes with every Saw movie, but in fact the story told by the 7 movies is extremely complex, with tons of retcons, and this confusion tends to cause people to not understand why things are happening.

There was a bit of a slow part in the movie before the main trapfest that would represent the rest of the movie.

CONCLUSION: A fitting end to my favorite horror franchise ever! An improvement over Saw 6, which was an improvement over Saw 5. This really wraps just about everything up a nice package, while simultaneously changing the meaning of the events of all previous Saw movies (something every Saw movie does). Well done.

Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
(Only Saw 5 got a lower rating of 4/5 stars from us.)

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.8/10, Netflix: 3.7/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.6/5 stars–right again, Netflix!).

MOVIE QUOTE: “These are my scars… ’cause our minds will heal, but these scars will never go away. These scars shan’t be a symbol of shame… they should be worn as a badge of courage!”Mood: annoyed…nobody does their job
Music: D.R.I. – No Religion