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Saw III

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Source: Catholic News Service

Homicidal mastermind Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) -- now on his deathbed and aided by a young apprentice (Shawnee Smith) -- is at it again, devising depraved games for his two latest pawns: a father (Angus Macfadyen) grieving the death of his son, and a melancholy doctor (Bahar Soomekh) who is kidnapped and brought to Jigsaw alive. New players, same sadism, as director Darren Lynn Bousman piles on the gore in inventing more grisly ways to shock audiences increasingly desensitized to brutality. Graphic and gratuitous violence, including cruel scenes of torture and self-mutilation, a bloody surgical procedure, shadowy full frontal nudity, as well as much rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian

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