Fearter rating: 7/10
A gory amalgamation of Casualty and the Crystal Maze.
Review (no spoilers)
Let's begin with the basics. Thankfully, and unlike other Saw instalments, this one makes sense and is easy to follow. The acting is acceptable on the whole and the ever present gore is realistic (apart from one scene involving the back John's head). The movie is well paced and entertaining.
Where this film falls down however is the omnipotent powers the human antagonist (John) seems to possess. Knowing exactly how things are going to pan out, every detail about the victims (e.g the maximum distance of their reach) and precisely when future events will happen. Impressive, especially given the fact he's got a drill boring a hole in his skull for large parts of the film. This 'home surgery' plays a pivotal role in the film and, although I can only assume medically far fetched, it's just about believable.
As you'd expect, there were lots of 'games' in this movie. Some resembled the Crystal Maze more than a horror film (trying to get a key that is just out of reach springs to mind) but the good news is that they weren't overly ridiculous. My main issue is the character undertaking the 'games'. Now I'm not the most decisive person, but the man in the film makes a ditherer look like a sergeant major. Endless time is wasted as we watch this man struggle to make seemingly easy decisions over and over again. "GET ON WITH IT!" was often heard in my living room as I furiously watched his often dubiously acted angst.
On the whole though, it is what it is and it's not a bad movie. It adds to the Saw storyline and there are some decent gory scenes. Also, as with all Saw films, you can play the "What would you do to?" game.