Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.


    No Rating Available

Watch This Review

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Movie Review

In this, the supposed final chapter of the long-running Saw franchise, Jigsaw's widow, Jill, has gone to the police and exposed her late husband's accomplice/successor. He's a crooked cop named Mark Hoffman who would just love to kill Jill and anyone else he can stab, torture, mutilate, blow up or strangle along the way.

Bent on preserving Jigsaw's legacy of brutally twisted "educational" traps, Hoffman zeros in on Bobby Dagen, a man who's making a small mint in book and speaking revenues by lying about surviving one of Jigsaw's torturous attacks. In order to make Bobby "earn" his story and "learn" a few lessons, Hoffman puts him through a series of gruesome and violent tests. And Bobby's wife, best friend, publicist and lawyer are all in mortal jeopardy as Dagen struggles to set them free from the malicious snares Hoffman's cooked up.

Meanwhile, police detective Gibson is hot on the killer's trail. He's also trying to protect Jill and find Dagen. Will Jill live? Will Bobby pass the tests and save his entourage? Will the late Jigsaw have yet another cameo?

I beg of you, don't watch Saw 3D to find out.

Positive Elements

True to Jigsaw's perverse MO, Hoffman's traps are designed to speak to the victims' sins and "own doing" in order to teach them life lessons—were they to live long enough to actually benefit from them. Of course, most of our Saw reviews mention this small detail in one way or another, and I'm actually quite glad that this will be the last time, because it's not really very much of a positive element, is it? Even the scriptwriter seems to agree with me. Dr. Gordon, a recurring character and survivor, comments that finding anything positive in such suffering is remarkable, "if not a little perverse." And in Bobby's case, this time around his wife and friends are merely there as bait to be sacrificed, not to be "taught."

Bobby does try to save his loved ones, putting himself in harm's way to do so. The few who have managed to survive Jigsaw's no-win-situation traps form a support group.

Spiritual Content

A couple of people talk about a desire to live growing in their souls.

Sexual Content

A woman's bra and lots of skin show as she hangs from a harness. In a nightmare, another woman's body is pulverized by a saw, causing her breasts to be exposed as clothing is ripped from her torso.

Violent Content

It's hard to know where to begin with unchecked gore—especially when it flies at the audience thanks to the wonders of 3-D. Hard, but not impossible: A woman's face and throat are ripped off by a barbed, spring-loaded trap. We see into her still quivering esophagus. Hoffman's lips and cheek are torn by the same device; he stoically stitches them back together, and we're "treated" to a close-up of the needle and thread as they penetrate his flesh.

Two men are shackled to saws, with their mutual girlfriend hanging in between them over a larger blade. They decide to spare their own lives by sacrificing the unfaithful woman, who is graphically sawn in two. As the blade cuts through her, she screams (and screams and screams) as her blood spatters the men and her intestines slide to the ground.

Another elaborately grotesque trap involves four people, one of whom is superglued to the seat of a car that will soon fall from a jack, accelerate and kill his three friends. If he can rip his back from the seat and reach a lever to stop the car, he's told he can save them. He cannot, of course, and his flesh is torn apart in his attempt. One of the tires falls on a woman's face, shredding it and the rest of her body as the car speeds off. A man's jaw and arms are attached to the car by hooks—and ripped from his body when the vehicle speeds into the fourth man, who is shackled to a wall. Blood and body parts fly. When asked how many victims there are at the crime scene, a cop says, "Enough pieces to make four."

A woman's eyes and mouth are savagely gouged by spikes when Bobby cannot save her from a trap. He must pull a fishhook from another woman's stomach, ripping her throat in the process—evident by the mound of flesh he heaves out of her mouth. Bobby must pull two of his teeth in order to find a lock's combination. He twists pliers in anguish, ripping his mouth, causing blood to pour from the wounds. We hear his jaw crunch. In order to reach and save his wife, Bobby pierces his pectoral muscles with large hooks and miserably hoists himself up with chains. Eventually, his chest rips apart and he falls to the floor in a pool of blood.

Hoffman repeatedly bashes Jill's face into a table. He also stabs two coroners and multiple policemen in the neck. A man cauterizes the stump of his freshly amputated foot by holding it against a hot pipe—his suffering obvious. Various corpses are seen in diverse states of decay and dismemberment. People are also shot and graphically burned to death. A man's eyelids are shown sewn shut.

Crude or Profane Language

About 60 f-words. Two s-words. God's name is abused more than 30 times, joined by "d‑‑n" four or five times. Milder curses include "h‑‑‑," "a‑‑" and "b‑‑ch."

Drug and Alcohol Content

A burned and dismembered corpse on an autopsy table is said to be the result of smoking a cigarette at a gas station.

Other Negative Elements

A bitter woman criticizes another survivor, telling her that her abusive lover had to die before she had the courage to "leave" him. Bobby exploits others' suffering for his own profit. A man and his friends are said to be racists—and are tortured and killed for it. Bobby callously tells a woman in agony to "shut the f‑‑‑ up" so he can help her.


Jigsaw actually died in Saw III, but he still lives on four movies later. Betsy Russell, who plays Jill, believes it's the mind games and "lessons" he's so fond of that keep fans coming back for more. She told the Los Angeles Times, "I completely believe that the Saw movies do have heart and soul and morals and values. I know it sounds crazy, but John Kramer [Jigsaw] isn't putting people that do great things for society into these traps. He's putting people that are doing what he deems to be wrong things in their lives [into the traps]. Basically … he's asking them 'What is your choice going to be now to make things right? Will you make the right choice, or will you continue to follow the path of evil?'"

She's telling us we're supposed to empathize with Hoffman and Jigsaw, and understand the "good" reasons behind their killing sprees. After all, they only kill bad people! In reality, however, any so-called lessons dealt by these serial murderers are themselves evil at best, devised by human beings—if they can be called that—with no more moral authority than a jackal.

It seems more likely, actually, that many fans are filling seats simply to see vigilante "justice" and how many ways body parts can be severed, ripped, sliced and mashed. And with this, the last Saw film (we can only hope), it's as Metromix critic Geoff Berkshire writes, "Saw goes down in history as the most unnecessarily convoluted horror franchise of all time, and that's the nicest thing you can say about it."

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range





Tobin Bell as John Kramer; Costas Mandylor as Mark Hoffman; Betsy Russell as Jill; Chad Donella as Gibson; Sean Patrick Flanery as Bobby Dagen; Gina Holden as Joyce; Dean Armstrong as Cale; Chester Bennington as Evan; Rebecca Marshall as Suzanne; Naomi Snieckus as Nina; Cary Elwes as Dr. Gordon


Kevin Greutert ( )





Record Label



In Theaters

October 28, 2010

On Video

January 25, 2011

Year Published



Meredith Whitmore

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!