Halloween is gone and the buzz from Saw III (no pun intended) has passed. After hearing so many people, even within circles of my friends, talk about this movie, I wanted to look into it a bit more. Basically, to at least be somewhat educated about it rather than just be saying, "I won't watch that piece of garbage", without really even knowing its storyline. I quickly found that my assumptions were actually extremely tame compared to the reality of this movie. Here are a few lines taken from a well-known movie reviewer:
"From chains that rip flesh, to contortionist machinery that shatters bones, Saw III is, in a word, brutal. Not one single detail is left off-camera and for the imagination. Viewers are forced to watch bones crack, skin deteriorate, faces freeze, and bodies explode. In simpler terms, Saw fans will be pleased by its bloodshed; others will be squeamish and might lose their lunch."
Now please keep in mind that I'm not a Baptist senior citizen that simply wishes that things could be like they were in the old days, I'm a young, active and pretty open-minded guy. But in researching this movie, I even found Christian blogsites that discussed how this main character, Jigsaw, could be looked at as a "Christ figure". The site went on to recommend that Christians go see this movie in order to "take a look at how you value the body that God has given you." If I wouldn't have been so appalled by this, I probably would have laughed until my side ached. Why do we continue to allow such sick and disgusting things to pass through our eyes and head straight into our souls? Do we have no understanding of how all that we see, hear, smell and taste actually combine to assist in making us who we are becoming? Lord, forgive us for our ignorance for we know not what we do.
Disclaimer: I used to be a big horror fan back in the day - Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Phantasm, etc. were all right up my alley for years, so please don't assume I'm talking out of lack of knowledge of this kind of thing. God has simply shown me mercy and grace - allowing me to see things for what they really are.