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Texas Chainsaw 3D

Texas Chainsaw 3D
Starring:
Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood and Trey Songz and Thom Barry


Rated: R for strong grisly violence and language throughout.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: January 4, 2013 Released by: Lions Gate Films

This series of films have featured some successful actor so it is not the dead end which we associate as the faith of the characters. Dennis Hopper, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zelleweger, Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Biel have all traveled through the land filled with characters who are limited in their intellectual capacity and fall prey to Leatherface (Dan Yeager).  

If this is Texas Chainsaw 3D it must take place in Texas, but these tales of a group of attractive young folks slaughtered by a evil force all seem to take place in a southern state.  If we accept that the questions comes as to how Heather (Alexandra Daddario) a stunningly beautiful young woman learns that she is the granddaughter of the Sawyer family, the family that Leatherface was born into.  

The 3D process is not important to the film and only does some pushing out with the chain saw from time to time, there is no attempt to create space relationships or depth to standard scenes.  

Heather who works at cutting beef into steaks (it's the work her unknown family members did in the past) receives a letter explaining that she has inherited a home in Texas which was owned by her grandmother, who has been to date unknown to her.  Following an argument with her adopted parents she takes off in a van with three friends (they pick up another on the road).  Ryan (Trey Songz), Carl (Scott Eastwood) and Nikki (Tania Raymonde).  Nikki is the sexy one who pursues Trey, so we know she is not long for this world.  

Arriving at their destination Heather is given keys and an envelope filled with documents which she is directed to read, she doesn't and everyone pays for her lack of attention.  Not only is Leatherface a problem the entire town carries guilt and is determine to keep hidden what happened twenty years before to Heather's relatives.  Except for the sheriff (Thom Barry) the citizens all appear to carry limited common sense and can't figure out what the audience will get in the first scene.  

Blood flows and limbs are removed quickly using one of a series of chainsaws that Leatherface has stored and oiled up for action.  The scenes are  violent but are not  frightening of scary. After a while we cringe very little at the repetitive dismembering. In the final analysis the film is just an excuse     to watch young folks particularly attractive young women carved up by a demon.  

Oh expect another sequel, the door is locked at the end but it is open enough for another set of characters to sneak in.  

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Texas Chainsaw 3D  C      D                     C- 

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