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What is 'Saw III' about?

John Kramer/Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is on his death bed. He has Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith) kidnap Dr Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh), a skilled surgeon, and a collar loaded with five shotgun shells is placed around her neck. She is informed that it is her duty to keep Jigsaw alive long enough for him to watch a second game involving another person. If she moves too far away from John or he dies, the collar will trigger, killing her. If she keeps him alive, they will let her go. Jeff Reinhart (Angus Macfadyen), whose eight-year old son was killed three years ago by a drunk driver, has become obsessed with revenge against those he deems responsible. His obsession has put a great deal of stress on his marriage, and caused him to neglect his remaining child, daughter Corbett (Niamh Wilson). His test is to make his way through a meat-packing factory where the three people he holds most responsible for his son's death have been imprisoned: (1) Danica Scott (Debra McCabe), the only witness to the accident, who refused to testify, (2) Judge Halden (Barry Flatman) who sentenced the driver to only six months in prison, and (3) Timothy Young (Mpho Koaho), the driver. Jeff must choose whether to save them and let go of the past or to exact his revenge by letting them die and put his future at risk.

Saw III is the third movie in the Saw series, preceded by Saw (2004) and Saw II (2005), all of which stem from an original screenplay by screenwriters Leigh Whannell and James Wan. Whannell also wrote the screenplay for Saw III. It was followed by Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), and Saw 3D (2010).

Immediately. The opening scenes of Saw III show Detective Eric Matthews still trapped in the bathroom where Amanda left him shackled to the plumbing at the end of Saw II. With only a flashlight to see in the dark, Eric is able to see the leftovers from the previous incident in the bathroom (from Saw), that is, Dr Gordon's decayed foot and the bodies of Adam Faulkner and Zep Hindle. Realizing that he is going to die if he doesn't get out of the bathroom, Matthews reaches for the hacksaw, but it is out of reach. He instead uses a piece of the broken toilet tank lid to break his ankle and foot so that he can slip it out of the chain. The film then jumps to another incident several months later, in which Detective Alison Kerry is investigating Jigsaw's latest victim, Troy (J. LaRose), whose body was blown apart when he failed to break free of the chains that pierced his body and held him prisoner. She also notices that this game is not typical of Jigsaw, as the door to Troy's chamber was welded shut. Even if he had escaped the chains in time, there was no way for him to escape the bomb. That night, Kerry is kidnapped and forced to play another of Jigsaw's games. Her rib cage is attached to a device that can be opened by obtaining a key that has been placed in a beaker of acid. When she gets the key and unlocks the device, it does not open. She sees someone in the shadows and says "You" before her rib cage is torn apart, killing her. Finally, the movie jumps to present time and Jigsaw's newest game.

Who wrote the letter is revealed in Saw IV, and what it says is finally shown in Saw VI, Since Darren Lynn Bousman directed both Saw III and Saw IV, it was his intention to reveal who wrote the letter, but he has stated that he himself never had any intention to reveal its contents. So, the contents of the letter as seen in Saw VI may not have been what Bousman or screenwriter Leigh Whannell intended, as Saw VI was written and directed by a different team.

How does the movie end?

Jigsaw makes it through the trepanning operation, thanks to Lynn's skill. While semiconscious, he professes out loud his love for a woman named Jill. After his vitals have stabilized, he asks Amanda to leave the room so that he can speak alone with Lynn. Amanda takes this to mean that Jigsaw cares more for Lynn than for her, so she goes off to brood. Meanwhile, Jeff has made it through all three tests and is making his way through the meat-packing factory, looking for the exit. As Lynn confesses to Jigsaw that she now has learned to appreciate her husband, Amanda suddenly bursts into a room with a gun. She points the gun at Lynn, even as Jigsaw explains to her that, although Lynn means nothing to him, she means everything to Amanda. Amanda refuses to believe it. She shoots Lynn just as Jeff walks into the room. Having found a gun on his way out, Jeff fires on Amanda. As Amanda is dying, Jigsaw explains that Jeff is actually Lynn's husband. All that has happened so far, from Saw to Saw III has been a game with Amanda. Jigsaw had hoped to make her a worthy disciple to continue his work after his death, but her shooting Lynn out of jealousy, as well as for changing the rules of some games so as to make the traps inescapable, prove to him only that she is just another murderer, and he can't abide murderers. As Lynn is dying, Jigsaw gives Jeff a chance to save her. He reveals a table full of instruments with which Jeff can kill him. If Jeff has learned anything from his ordeal, it should be that it is better to forgive than to seek revenge. Therefore, Jigsaw asks him to simply forgive him. For a moment, it seems like Jeff might do just that but instead, he picks up a circular saw and slices through Jigsaw's throat. As Jigsaw dies, he plays a tape explaining that this was Jeff's final test (which he has now failed by killing John). The tape ends with Jigsaw offering Jeff one more game for a chance to find out the whereabouts of his daughter Corbett, whom Jigsaw had kidnapped and hidden somewhere in the building, and that Jigsaw is the only person who knows where she is. Jigsaw then dies, the bullets in Lynn's collar are fired, and the chamber door swings closed.

What is the body count?

Troy, Allison Kerry, Danica Scott, Adam Stanheight (flashback) (Fate finally revealed), Judge Halden, Timothy Young, Amanda Young, John Kramer/Jigsaw, and Lynn Denlon. Jeff and Corbett Denlon's fate are left open as is the fate of Detective Eric Matthews.

In the USA three versions have been released: The theatrical version, the unrated version and an unrated Director's Cut. The theatrical version was trimmed down in 132 scenes (most of them cuts due to violence to secure the r-rating). The theatrical version has also been released on DVD as well as an unrated-version which includes the scenes that were cut from the theatrical version. A few months later a director's cut version was released. It includes all scenes from the unrated-version but also offers some new plot scenes and an alternate ending. A detailed comparison between the theatrical version and the unrated version can be found here. A comparison between the unrated version and the unrated Director's Cut can be found here here.

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