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by Jonathan McKee

Thr3e (4/24/2007)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and terror.

Directed by Robby Henson

Starring Marc Blucas and Justine Waddell

Jonathan's Rating: Skip it

Good premise… poor script.

It’s no secret, Thr3e really wants to be Saw. But it’s not even close. Thr3e comes across like a “made for TV” Saw. No big name actors and a slightly cheesy script.

But I’ll give the story credit: it ends well. I started to think I was so smart in predicting the ending. And then it threw me a curve—a curve that made me realize, “Oh… three! I get it!” And for the first time (at 1 hour and 36 minutes into the film), I was impressed.

So yes, it’s hard for me to give props to a film that takes an hour and a half to impress me.

What was wrong with it?

Glad you asked.

First… the riddles were lame. “Always going, but never really going anywhere.” “A bus!” another character proclaims. “They’re always going, but never really going anywhere!”

Yeah! Like the freaking storyline!

Then a seminary student is trying to figure out a clue that says, “The Wages of Sin.” Duh. No offense to those who don’t know that reference, but any kid that grew up going to Sunday school every week knows that verse. A seminary student could probably tell you it in the original Greek. But not in this film. In this film the guy just says, “It’s in Romans.”

It gets worse. They’re looking for a combination. The lady looks at the words Romans 6:23 and says, “We need another number! I know… Romans has six letters!” Then, with utter confidence she punches in the code 6-6-23. Give me a freaking break. What a lame riddle. This film made Da Vinci Code almost have credibility.

Then you’ll meet a character who is supposed to be the main character’s evil aunt. But you can’t help but think, “Is this woman trying to play Cruella Devil?”

Sorry, Thr3e will always smell like number two in my memory.

The movie is clean, but it’s weird, a little violent, and a little slow. So yes, you could show it to them. The film probably won’t offend you… it will just bore you.

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Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):

  1. What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?

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Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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