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These films are one of my favorite film collections of all time and I watch them on a regular basis.
Not just a typical horror movie, this has something different and exciting too it, that kept me hooked throughout the whole movie.
This film has so many twists and turns its crazy, I wont give away too much but there is one thing I need to say, no one will save you, you can only save yourself through certain tasks.
This is all about the killer or killers should I say.
This film is great for people who love gore to the max, not for the faint hearted thorough.
There is a lot of evil, torture and gruesome deaths in this film, for example, in this movie some guy has to saw of his leg to survive
Lots of cruel, horrible scenes that can be sure.
There are so many sequels now, lots of people say they are getting boring and worse but in my view they are just getting better and better, I love them.
I am a big fan of horror movies.
The actors in this film are so good, they make the scenes look so realistic and they must know deep down its quite a sick minded film that horror fans will like.
For me you can't beat this collection of movies and I would recommend them to any one above the age of 18, not anybody younger as this is really violent although I did watch this when I was 14! Lol have fun
This film is a horror film, but different to most. Most horror films revolve around some lone female character running from a zombie or derange lunatic or mutant or beast or etc etc etc. This film is different, very different. For a start, don't expect a hero to be there, there are no heroes. Where most horror films follow the "experience" from the victim, this film is almost more the opposite in a way, its more about thinking how the killer thinks!
Anyway, I am not going to go too much into the plot, because it will really ruin this film, but suffice to say this film's plot is something of a rollercoaster (at least it is for the first one), that you keep you guessing until the very last minute!
Basically, the film starts with two men waking up in a toilet chained to opposite walls, with no idea how they got there. They receive a mysterious and threatening message on a tape (basically, saying that they are in a game, where the prize is their lives, and failure to win results in death, and that the first one to kill the other is the winner, or something along these lines). In the middle of the room is a dead body, presumable the previous "player" of this sick game.
Basically, as the plot thickens, you find out that the killer behind this is the Jigsaw murderer, a killer who has evaded police, and is known for making sickening games getting the players to kill themselves, thereby keeping his hands clean. He selects people who in his eyes are not worthy of life (the reasons behind this become more evident in following films).
Basically, in this film there is some torture, some evil, and not a lot of good. Its just one of those films where really gruesome stuff happens SPOILER ALERT NEXT SENTANCE, such as a man sawing off his own leg, or a man having to crawl naked through razor wire. Bloody and gorey scenes I can assure you.
This film, the first one, spawned many sequels, and honestly, this one is by far the best in my honest opinion. It really is good, and the plot twists are just amazing. Assume nothing.
So, it all boils down to this, great plot, gorey scenes, and very good acting, a real hit. 5/5
I WANT TO PLAY A GAME!
Released: 2004, Run time: 103 minutes, Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery.
Film only review.
In a dingy unused public bathroom Adam Faulkner-Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) awakens to find himself chained, by the ankle, to a pipe. At the opposite side of the room Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) finds himself in the same bewildering position. Neither men have any recollection of how they got there or why they are there. In the middle of the bathroom lies a corpse soaked in blood and clutching a gun and a tape recorder. Eager to figure out what is happening to them the two supposed strangers begin to look for any clue as to what is going on. They find two rusty saws, neither of which can cut through their chains and each of them finds a tape personally addressed to them from the 'Jigsaw Killer'. The tapes inform the duo that they are 'players' in the Jigsaw Killers game. Dr. Gordon is given a time limit in which he must kill Adam. If he fails to kill him within the allotted time then Dr. Gordons family will die.
Faced with this terrible dilemma, what will Dr. Gordon do? What would you do? Will they escape? Why were they chosen and who is this mysterious Jigsaw Killer and why is he wreaking havoc in such sick and disturbing ways?
Okay, so I'm about eight years to late to this particular party but when Saw first came out I was a 14 year old girl who was terrified of everything. Fast forward several years and I'm still scared but I do enjoy a good challenge and this is where Saw comes in. The reputation of the Jigsaw Killer really does proceed him. I have been told by everyone who has seen it just how inventive his methods of killing people are and I was expecting to see a lot of gore. My initial expectations of the film was that it would be a typical 'slasher' film with lots of blood and not an inkling of plot. I was wrong. Very wrong.
The level of gore was much lower than I expected, the film opted for a more subtle approach, choosing to infer what was happening rather than showing it. This might have been a forced decision due the reported low budget but I quite liked this as it added to the psychological aspects of this film that are largely underplayed. I can't believe in the eight years it took me to sit down and watch this film no one mentioned the great psychological storyline. I was impressed by the plot of this film. It has many twists and turns, some you definitely will not see coming. I was certain on several occasions that my inner 'Poiret' had got it all figured out but I hadn't. The motivation for the killings is explored in minor detail throughout this film. The reasons for the murders are not mindless as I anticipated they would be, they are well thought out and certainly get you thinking and I think this is the scariest part of the whole film-the thoughts it promotes.
The film is enjoyable to watch as a whole but it leaves enough of an open ending to encourage you to watch at least the second film, I'm not sure if the plot can work over the many sequels that have been produced though, but I am definitely wanting to know more about the Jigsaw Killer. I hope it's as interesting as this first film sets it out to be. So, the plot has impressed me, the gore levels and ingenuity have surprised me and the acting....well the acting has disappointed me.
Leigh Whannell and Cary Elwes put in what can only be described as mediocre performances. Whilst the scenes in the bathroom portray a level of suspense, desperation and horror it is by no means outstanding. It is rigid, boring and lacks realism. It is a good job the plot out shadows the acting or this film would have been a disaster. Even Danny Glover as the slightly unhinged Detective Tapp doesn't add much in terms of acting finesse to this film. Having said that though the bad acting didn't prevent me from enjoying the film and I am unsure whether a higher budget and a better calibre of cast would have made this film better or destroyed its charm.
And so, in conclusion I sat down to watch what I thought was a generic 'slasher' horror but I actually sat down to watch a low budget well thought out psychological thriller. The outstanding quality of this film is its ability to get you to think about life, how you value it and how far you would go to stay alive. I would recommend watching this film for yourself and not listening to what others say (except me, of course!) as the reputation of the film didn't match what I saw. I rather surprisingly thoroughly enjoyed it.
I am a huge fan of horror films and as soon as i heard about this film i knew i would have to go and watch it - even before seeing the trailer for it!!
The film starts with two men - Adam Faulkner (Leigh Whannell) and Dr Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) wake up in a dingy old bathroom chained to pipes at opposite sides of the room. In the centre of the room is a man's body which is covered in blood, in one hand is a gun and the other is a tape recorder. Both men find a tape in their pocket and when they get the tape recorder they listen and realise the trouble they are in.
Outside the dingy room, the police are investigating horrific murders which are committed by someone they name jigsaw. These murders are investigated by Detective Tapp and Detective Singh and it follws them trying to track down the elusive Jigsaw killer.
This is a very cleverly made film with an amazing twist at the end. The film is extremely gory and i would say if you have a weak stomach then this really isn't the film for you! The films that follow are also very well made and all follow on so if you are to watch the films, you really need to start from the beginning as there are many things in the following ones that flash back to previous films.
Saw is one of my favourite films - it is frightening, gory, disturbing as well as being a good story and i would recommend to anyone!
Saw is one of the best films in my opinion. Though the series is considered 'Goretastic', This one is extremely mild compared to the others.
The Film starts with two people waking up in a old bathroom. They see that they are chained to various pipes. They find these tapes and play them. A strange man is talking on the tape. He tells them things like this is a game. That they have to use the saw to get out.
The younger victim starts sawing away at his chain. His saw breaks from the friction. The older victim starts saying. ''He doesn't want us to cut through our chains. He wants us to cut through his feet''.
Now i wont spoil what happens but i just want to point something out. Jigsaw is actually very clever. When the Victims had not woken up. Jigsaw placed one in a bath tub and played his foot under the chain for the plug.
(The bath was full) There was a small key in the bath to open there chains. So when he woke up he would pull out the plug and the key would go down. This means he could only get arrested for kidnapping. But then how are the police meant to know. Saw is a bit confusing. There is no point watching it if you are going to look away a lot of the time because there is actually a story line to these DVDs.
I recommend watching Saw, If your not sure about watching it. Watch it with your friends and maybe look away at Amanda's trap. But otherwise, there's really not much gore.
I rated this. 5 star
I first saw this film after I was given a copy to borrow by a friend of mine who had highly recommended. This was not a film I had even heard mention of before this but due to the insistence of my friend I decided to give it a shot and it certainly made an impact.
This film while it does have a horrifying angle to it, is less a horror in the true sense of the word and more a psychologically horrifying film. The film begins with two men lying on either side of a cold bare tiled room. They wake up to find they their leg has been chained up, there is a saw by each of them and lying there in the middle of the room is a body lying in a pool of blood. Nothing makes sense, they don't know each other, they have no idea how they got there, why they are there or what they can do to get out. That is until they notice a tape recorder by each of them.
The words spilling out from the tape recorder explain exactly why, who they are, why they were picked and the horrifying lengths they will have to go to escape. As events unfold they realise that they are involved in a game, a very real game, one which extends far beyond those two.
This was a terrific film, the horror, diebelief and sense of desperation was etched truly convincingly over both characters face. There is a tremendous edge to the film as the tension builds up and becomes unbearable for the captives.
We also learn about the person who captured them, what his motives are and slowly but surely learn of the sickening end game he has in store. The film does not rely on special effects, it's the dark nature of it which lures you further in and keeps you gripped.
The plot is actually very strong and is very well structured, we get a terrific insight into the lives of the captives as well as the kidnapper. What this film also offers is twists some of which left me quite breathless.
As for the downside to this film, though it is very cleverly put together, it is going to be something of an acquired taste because some of the action is a little difficult to stomach. The message of the film is deeply disturbing to and unfortunately will prevent the faint hearting from appreciating the depth of the film.
For a fan of this genre this is a must watch though
I thought this was a really terrifying, really well thought out film. And one that really scared me to death!
Ive watched this twice now, basically to see if i was as terrified the second time as i was the first (i was!). I cant vouch for some of what happened in the movie, because i had my eyes closed, but i can vouch that it will terrify anyone of normal disposition.
Set in America - two guys wake up on a dirty bathroom floor. Theyre both chained at the ankles to some pipes. Neither of them know how they got there or can remember very much. Both have envelopes in their pockets with messages in - one of the guys (a doctor named Lawrence) is instructed to kill the other guy or his wife and child will die.
In the middle of a room is a dead guy, pretty messed up but holding a dictophone and a gun. A constant reminder that the guy who has captured them is serious.
They have a deadline - the doc must kill the other guy by 6 oclock to save his family.
You spend the movie batting back and forth with their turmoil - why are they there, what are they going to do? Whilst also catching a glimpse of their capturers potential and previous stunts like this that he has pulled. They call him the Jigsaw murderer!
I wont go into too much detail about what happens, because id ruin it - but i will tell you that if you fancy a night of restless sleep or spending an evening hiding behind a pillow - this is for you!
For £4 on the internet - it would be rude not to!
I watched this for the first time ever last night. After all the hype, the fact that they've made about twelve Saw sequels and the fact that they've made a ride out of it - i expected this to be amazing.
I was disappointed.
Sure, it has a decent plot. Basically, a guy called Adam wakes up in a stinking, dark room. When the lights go on, theres another guy in there with him (Lawrence). They're both in a bathroom and chained to a pipe. In the middle of the room is a guy covered in blood with his brains practically hanging out. They both have envelopes in their pocket with their instructions on them - they need to find a way out, whilst trying to figure out who the hell has captured them and why?
Throw in a few twists and turns and youve got a pretty decent horror movie plot - but the acting is SHOCKING! Seriously. It made the whole thing laughable.
The only good thing was that there were no bad effects - they alluded to alot of things (like the sawing off of limbs) without actually showing it, which was better than seeing some rubbish fake leg!
If you have a penchant for serious horror movies - this will not do the trick! But if your a bit of a horror wimp, this would probs be ok - it gave the wife nightmares anyway so at least someone was scared.
I rented this from Lovefilm - but you can pick it up on play.com for about £3.99 if you fancy throwing away a few quid!
I can't stand the silly amount of sequels that have been made to this film but the first film is one of the most original horror films to come out in a very long time!
We start off with seeing two characters who are locked inside a strange, dirty and rotten bathroom and chained to a wall. One of them is a doctor and the other is a mystery character who we get to know the purpose of as the story unfolds throughout the film. There is a corpse laying on the floor between them, which holds an audio tape, and when played back a voice gives out instructions that the doctor has to kill the other guy by a certain amount of time or his family will be killed.
From here on, there is much conflict between the two characters and soon, they both realise that they share a connection with one another.
The film has sustained tension throughout as we know time is running out for both men as they try to think up ways to escape and thoughts come back to them as to how the two characters are connected, all the while being watched by a mysterious killer.
Meanwhile, a retired cop played by Danny Glover tries to track down the killer on a personal vendetta for the murdering of his former police partner.
The setting of the rotten bathroom lends the movie an eerie atmosphere that contributes toward the tension of the film which just keeps getting higher as the movie plays out and the time limit is drawing nearer.
We also get to see occasional flashbacks of all the important characters which ultimately all makes sense at the film's finish.
Performances are good here, especially from Cary Elwes who plays the doctor, and Danny Glover.
We get to learn that the killer's method of despatching people is a series of traps that the victims must fight their way out of and they are all very inventive and something we haven't really seen before.
These make Jason Voorhees look plain!
The film also has a very gutsy ending that not a lot of Hollywood films would have the confidence to do but I feel it was kind of ruined because of the insane amount of sequels made afterward.
I think it's difficult to digest every plot detail with one viewing so you may need to watch it a couple of times and you may see and understand things that you missed the first time around.
I believe this was made on quite a low budget and it goes to show that with a bit of thinking and planning, a big budget isn't needed to make a captivating and quality movie!
I'm sure a lot of people have seen this one by now, since there is a sequel released every October, however, if you have by chance, missed the original then you should watch this film as this really is the best of the series!
It's a refreshing break from your standard teen slasher movie that is released every year and it actually requires you to switch your thinking cap on and take in what you are watching in order to understand the movie's ending.
This first instalment of the saw series was a really great movie, mainly because I at first didn't know what to expect, plus there hadn't really been anything else like this out before, it really did, I think bring a new era in horror films, great story lines, twisted characters and some really scary moments all made for a great film.
The film starts with two men, who have awoken in a very grungy bathroom. They are both chained up, at opposite sides of the room. In the middle is a dead body laid in a puddle of blood, clutching a tape player and a hand gun. The two men both have tapes in their back pockets and both play theirs. It is the task of one of the men to kill the other by 6:00 pm or his wife and children will die.
These two people have been brought here by the jigsaw killer, who we learn quite a lot about in this film. He is a murderer however instead of killing people he takes them, and played a game with them, usually letting them take their own life.
This movie I thought had a brilliant storyline, how things come together as well, and the ending is great. I don't have a clue how the writers thought about it, but it really is very clever and set up a whole load of movies to follow in the saw series as well.
For me though this is still one of my favourite saw movies, maybe not my favourite but probably my second, this is because the acting isn't the best, however for a fairly low budget horror movie that hadn't had any fans before this one came out, this is to be expected, so really this adds a bit of charm if anything, and its still a great movie to watch, and the performances are still believable.
I had long put off watching this film; in my mind it was lumped in with Hostel and other "torture porn" and I am firmly of the opinion that people who actively enjoy watching pain being inflicted on others are extremely weird. However one of my new year "ambitions" was to catch up on numerous films I haven't yet seen. So I decided that, in the interests of being able to give an informed opinion instead of a hysterical, Daily Mail fuelled one, I would sit through it.
I was actually pleasantly surprised at how little violence there was in the film; most of it was merely described rather than shown onscreen. (Of course, this could also be due to the evident low budget.) That's not to say it's the kind of thing you should watch with your five year old. (And I'm afraid I have been somewhat desensitised to violence... the other day I was trying to think of the last film I watched where nobody died, and I couldn't remember one.) However, I still maintain that the sort of person who enjoys coming up with particularly nasty, bloodthirsty ends for their chosen victims, whether they are screenwriters or street criminals, need psychiatric help. So there.
The plot is simple but effective: Two men wake up chained to opposite ends of a large, disused public bathroom. There is a body lying in a pool of blood between them. As the story unravels, they find out who has put them there, and have some clue as to why. It seems that the maniac (who is also being hunted by the police for similarly diabolical stunts) likes to make people appreciate their lives, by forcing them to prove that they really want to live; even if it is at the expense of others. The man is called Jigsaw, partly because he likes to set his victims puzzles and partly, I imagine, because it sounds scarier than being called Dave.
Jigsaw particularly likes making cellmates hurt, maim or kill each other. Cue a tense, timebomb type situation while Dr Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) and Adam (Leigh Whannell) size each other up. The plot thickens, but I'd hate to spoil it for anyone...
The BEST thing about this film was something nobody had mentioned to me. The ludicrously bad acting. I was astonished at how appalling it actually was; with the notable exception of Danny Glover, who deserved (and apparently believed himself) to be in a film of a much higher calibre. Even if he did seem to be channelling Columbo at a couple of points.
From the very first shot, there was never a moment where I was not aware that I was watching people act. I couldn't believe it when I read reviews afterwards, even from respected (by me) critics such as Roger Ebert, who described the two main guys as "acting their socks off". I respectfully disagree. Just because you spend much of a movie trying to show fear, frustration and despair, it doesn't mean that you are actually convincing anyone. This was like a really bad drama student production. Every gesture, every gasp, every cry of "Where am I?" was so exaggerated, it was excruciating to watch. Special mention must go to the part of the opening scene where the lights suddenly go on. Vampires have nothing on Leigh Whannell.
I also liked the way Dr. Gordon had matching wounds on either cheek, he looked like a little marionette doll. (Until about halfway through, when a non-continuity minded makeup person evidently decided it looked rubbish and cleaned one cheek.)
Towards the end I gave up trying to suspend disbelief (particularly Cary Elwe's attempts to convey fear for his family's life) and started laughing out loud. I have actually recommended that my mum watches this movie, she is notorious for finding horror films hilarious. (This would be a fun movie to show at www.badfilmclub.com - an event night where people can get together to ridicule actors and throw popcorn at the screen.)
Beyond this, I would say it's an averagely good horror / thriller with a couple of nice little twists, an attempt at a dryly humorous script and an ending left wide open for the (numerous) sequels.
Saw was released in 2004 and stars Cary Elwes, Danny Glover and Tobin Bell the plot is as follows....
The film mainly focuses on two men called Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) as they try to find a way to escape from a room that they have been placed in. They can vaguely remember being kidnapped but don't know anything else.
Neither of them can escape or move very far as they are restricted by being chained to the wall by their ankles. The thing that really freaks them out is the dead body lying in the middle of the room, as they look more closely they see it is holding a gun and a tape recorder. This is when the games begin... Can they work together to escape from Jigsaw.
We are also shown past victims of Jigsaw and the situations he put them in. What made the killer target them and will the police catch Jigsaw?
The classification for Saw is 18 and has a running time of 99 minutes.
When I first watched Saw at the cinema I was impressed, especially as I never saw the twist coming at the end. I think it is one of the better horror films in recent years as it has a good plot and fairly good acting. I do have to admit that there are a few scenes that are way too gory particular the barbed wire scene. To be honest most of the time I can't face watching that bit and end up looking away. Also there are a couple of jumpy moments when Jigsaw wears the Pig mask and I knew he was going to jump out on the victim so I looked away. Other than these scenes I can pretty much watch the rest of it.
The plot is I think a very clever one and it flows very well, the actors do a fairly good job as they find themselves in very dangerous situations thanks to a sadistic killer. There are no dull moments and it is at times very suspenseful so I was very entertained. The traps that were set up by Jigsaw were very creative, sadistic and gory.
Tobin Bell played Jigsaw very well as a calm but clearly unstable killer, it is especially good as he tries to rationalise about what he puts people through. I also liked Danny Glover's character who is an obsessed police officer trying to track down Jigsaw. His character worked well in the film and it made a nice change to not have all the scenes in the dirty, dingy bathroom.
I thought the flashback scenes helped piece the film together and helped move the story along more smoothly. So we could at least try and get an idea of what was happening.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Adam (Leigh Whannell ) and Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Carl Elwes ) wake up in a basement toilet block. Shackled by the ankle to the ancient pipe work at either end of the room, a body lying in a pool of blood separates the two men. They have no idea how they got there nor, at first, know why. It soon becomes clear, however, that they are players in a deadly game which will result in one, or both of them dying. This is no ordinary game and neither man has any idea what lies ahead.
I'm not your average horror/thriller film viewer. Somewhat ironically my first exposure to the wider genre was aged about 13 when I watched "The Running Man" - ironic in that the thrill/horror comes from game play rather than direct violent action. I've seen my share of shockers but am certainly no fan of gore, fantasy or violent thrillers.
This background makes me all the more surprised that I enjoyed Saw as much as I did. Saw is dark but it's not a blood fest (in fact I only turned from the screen at two points, both of which involved knives (or similar) as I have a bit of a thing about cutting!). Thought has gone into the plot delivering suspense, action and thrill in equal measure. There are a few "jump" moments but, above all, this is a film that works on the mind not simply to create the horror but also getting you to play detective just as you would with a more sedate Agatha Christie or Silent Witness.
The acting is not what I would describe as first class. There are moments but, on the whole, it feels a little contrived. In part some of these shortcomings are also down to direction - there are moments when the director should, I think, have reshot (particularly where items were meant to be out of reach but, when looking at the shot, they were clearly within grasp). It's often hard to build empathy with the characters as they produce rather flat work. The strength of the plot makes up for the poor acting though.
The back story is provided to allow us to build a picture of the ultimate perpetrator as the main story progresses. It's not overly developed but allows sufficient room to let your mind work on a variety of theories, each as dark as the other.
The main story is accompanied by a couple of parallel plots which interweave with a dexterity that many script writers would cherish. In many ways the parallels soften the story which, in my opinion, is what makes the film so good. They allow the viewer to theorise and to build their own story in the midst of what would otherwise be a very dark tale. They are breathing space.
It's great testament to the plot that, despite the theorising, it's pretty guaranteed that you'll remain ignorant of the whole story right up until the end of the film. It's not edge of the seat stuff but it is suspenseful!
Despite heaping praise on the plot it's not without its faults. There are moments where we crave more information and limbs to the plot that don't really stand up to detailed scrutiny. These matters only really come to the fore on reflection, however, and are, perhaps, overanalysing. They're not that important when actually viewing.
The horror is both psychological and physical. To be honest there are few shots which should cause you to turn away. There's a clever playing with the mind that is far more powerful. In my opinion Saw is sufficiently removed from reality not to prey on the mind for long after viewing. Perhaps, in part, that is because you are left marvelling at the ingenuity of the plot, both from a cinematic point of view but, also, more deeply, if you get inside the mind of the perpetrator.
This is not a film that you will watch for the Hollywood names (and the only real name, Danny Glover, doesn't really put in that noteworthy a performance). It's probably not a film you'd watch for real gore - least if it is I'm more hardened than I thought! It is a film that you'd watch if you don't mind a bit of guts and like films that play with your mind. It's sick, but not offensive. It's unnerving. I'm certainly left wondering where the sequels will take the story and Saw II is already lined up and ready to play....
Saw is a rather grusome horror film that certainly has a high shock value to it and it does make for a rather uncomfortable viewing experience. For a horror film the plot is pretty good with lots of twists to it.
Leigh Wannell - Adam
Cary Elwes - Dr Lawrence Gordon
Danny Glover - Detective David Trapp
Ken Leung - Detective Steven Sing
Michael Emerson - Zep Hindle
Monica Potter - Alison Gordon
Makenzie Vega - Diana Gordon
This is a psychological horror film that opens with two men trapped in a room and chained to pipes, they are the prisoners of a warped kidnapper who looks to create scenarios where his victim choose to kill themselves to escape his torture, the two men are Adam played by Legh Wannel and Dr Lawrence Gordon played by Cary Elwes, Lawrence is ordered to kill Adam otherwise his own family will suffer as they have also been kidnapped. A frightening scenario indeed and made all the more horrifying by the fact that in the room are two saws and a gun.
Danny Glover also stars in this film as the police detective determined to track down the killer before he causes any more deaths.
I have to say that I found this to be one of the most frightening and disturbing films that I have ever seen, for some reason it really got to me and usually I can handle horror films perfectly well. There is a great deal of tension in the film throughout and the plot is extremely well constructed.
Ther is an oppresive quality to the film as most of the scenes take place in the bathroom in whic the two men are trappped, a room they are also sharing with a dead body.
Some of the scenes are really grusome and certainly the mind who created the various ways that people in the film died has a rather perverse mind indeed as some reall nightmare situations are created.
The cting is good and totally convincing in this film and for fans of real horror I would certainly recommend it but only if you have a strong stomach.
Ok so I am a big horror movie fan. I saw the trailers for saw and though it looked interesting, so decided to go to the cinema to watch it (few years ago when it first came out). I loved every minute of it.
I am not particularly big on violence, films like hostel etc I find tedious and pointless with all the unnecessary gore. However saw (whilst it is very violent) is a much more 'clever' film.
The basic story line follows a couple men who have been locked in a bathroom, chained to wall unable to escape, with a dead body in the middle of the room. They are given a series of clues about how they can escape etc etc. Outside the grimy bathroom, police investigate a series of violent murders, committed by one known as jigsaw. Thus you see people being killed in ever abstract ways. The ending has one of the best twists I have ever seen in a film, and I absolutely loved it.
The 5 or so films made after the first saw have never been up to scratch with the first one. They are clever but seem to be more focused on the killing in abstract ways side of the story line. If you are thinking about giving the series a try you must watch the original saw first, as all the films link together, plus it is by far the best.
If you have a weak stomach this film is not for you, especially the scene with the hack saw...gross. But if you like horror and gore then check it out.
Adam (Leigh Whannell) wakes up in a dank room across from Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) and the body of a guy who has blown his own brains out. Not a happy place, obviously, and it gets worse when both men realize that they've been chained and pitted against one another by an unseen but apparently omniscient maniac who's screwing with their psyches as payment for past sins. Director James Wan, who concocted this grimy distraction with screenwriter Whannell, has seen Seven and any number of other arty existential-psycho-cat-and-mouse thrillers, so he's provided Saw with a little flash, a little blood, and a lot of ways to distract you from the fact that it doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense. Wan and Whannell (who's not the most accomplished actor, either) pile on the plot twists, which after some initially novel ideas become increasingly juvenile. Elwes works hard but looks embarrassed, and the estimable Danny Glover suffers as the obsessed detective on the case. The denouement will probably surprise you, but it won't get you back the previous 98 minutes.--Steve Wiecking