Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA
Review Date: 2nd February 2013
In cinemas around Asia / Australia / USA in January 2013
Director: John Luessenhop
Starring Alexandra Daddario
US Box Office Takings: $34,030,413
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The latest long running franchise reboot comes in the form of “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and like all remakes/spin-off, it is out to make more money. While the original is spooky, the latest attempt is often laughable and the few scare and gore moments are spontaneous at best. While, we never look for cinematic gold in these kind of films and most probably view it with an expectantly thin plot, but when the villain is not even entirely menacing and scary, that’s where the line is drawn. I am not sure what director John Luessenhop (“Lockdown”) and screenwriters Debra Sullivan and Adam Marcus (“Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday”) are thinking in trying to reshape the motivation behind one of the most famous psycho chainsaw killers in cinematic history, “Leatherface”. In doing so, the filmmakers essentially plays with our emotions and in turn making us confused as to whether to sympathise with “Leatherface” or be frightened by him. Don’t get me wrong, as it usually pays to have a more rounded character, but when your film struggles to frighten, it certainly doesn’t help when you lead villain contains a heart of gold somewhere in the midst of all the brutal killings. It just does not make sense.
Alexandra Daddario who came to fame with “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” headlines a cast of unknown. At least she manages to pull together a decent character to follow. However, due to a rather lame attempt for a plot twist, Daddario seems to have become another character of the “Saw” film franchise. Daddario tries hard, but as for all horror films, the acting required does not extend more than being simply terrified, afraid and shocked. As for the rest the cast, there really isn’t much to mention about.
All in all, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” is yet another unnecessary attempt by Hollywood studios to cash in on the franchise name and 3D inflated ticket prices. In fact, there is nothing original about this reboot and everything changed from the original story is quite frankly more flawed than welcome. I guess many will claim that there kind of genre films can be classified as mindless entertainment, which is true to a certain degree, but I hate it when films undermine my own intelligence, by trying to be smart, when it is clearly not. Anyway, I cannot think of a reason why this film needs to be seen, enough said. (Neo 2013)
I rated it 3/10