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Saw (2004)

  Directed by: James Wan
Written by: James Wan, Leigh Whannell
Starring: Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Leigh Whannell
Links: Saw on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Saw (2004) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Saw II (2005), pearly's review of The Machinist (2004) and pearly's review of Three... Extremes (2004).

"A nice effort" - a review by pearly

Being a Melbourne girl, I was keen to see Saw as I've known of Leigh Whannell for years, both in a professional sense, and because he's friends with a couple of different people I know, and I've seen him around the traps a bit. Also, given that he's been a movie reviewer, he's got no excuse whatsoever for making a bad film.

Still, and aside from all the hype that has surrounded this film (especially in Melbourne, I'll bet), I had a sneaking suspicion that I wouldn't like Saw very much. I can't stand the poster with the foot on it (and, having now seen the film, I don't think it translates the style of the film all that well, either). But I was willing to find out, and find out I did. Saw is great!

There are many comparisons to be made between this film and others that have come before: the most obvious of which (in my mind) is Cube (1997), with which you can draw many parallels. However, Saw is different and innovative enough to stand on its own two feet, rather than just being seen as a rip-off.

In the film, two guys awake to find that they have been locked into a dingy, grimy bathroom, and they're both chained to opposite ends of the room. Neither have any recollection of how they came to be there, or who would have done this to them, but they begin to find clues within reach that will help them out of the predicament if they're able to stay calm and think clearly. But can these two guys work together and solve the puzzle in time to save their own lives, or will the crazed psychopath who has imprisoned them win his terrible game?

Saw is definitely not for the faint of heart. I think that I've been pretty desensitised over the years, but some of the situations described, that the men, and other victims, were placed in had my stomach churning. This is only one aspect of the film though. The things which appealed to me about Cube, and even something like Se7en (1995), were the more cluey sides of things - the evil workings of the criminal mind behind the story, the way that the characters have to work together to achieve their desirable outcome, and the twists and turns which lull you into a false sense of security, but leave you with a nagging feeling that you're missing something, until you figure out just where all those pieces of the puzzle fit.

Saw is a very clever film, and it didn't, as so many films of this type tend to do, get crappy towards the end, and leave me feeling dissatisfied.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 10 Dec 2004

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Reader comments

  1. Awseome muth fucka

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from anigga on Fri 18 Feb 2005 09:45 #

  2. this film is the best film that ive eva watched it really is gr8. watched it more than 100 times (seriously). leigh whannell did a great job in the acting and james wan and leigh whannell both did a brilliant job on the script!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from vicky on Thu 15 Jun 2006 07:03 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (2 ratings)

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