Movie InfoThe directorial debut from filmmaker James Wan, this psychological thriller comes from the first screenplay by actor Leigh Whannell, who also stars. Whannell plays Adam, one of two men chained up in a mysterious chamber. The other, Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), like Adam, has no idea how either of them got there. Neither of them are led to feel optimistic by the man lying between them dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Together, Adam and Dr. Gordon attempt to piece together what has happened to them and who the sadistic madman behind their imprisonment is. Also starring Danny Glover and Monica Potter, Saw premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Saw
Saw has art-house ambitions, but it's nothing but a glorified snuff film. I despised this movie.
So over the top that even the recruited audience of non-critics at my screening began to howl.
A strenuously morbid assembly of deranged-genius- serial-killer movie conventions cribbed from just about every popular post-Hannibal Lecter movie imaginable.
The Internet film geeks are salivating over this one. But humans who live above ground, including horror fans, will find themselves only fitfully entertained and more consistently appalled.
An ingenious machine for inducing terror, rage, and paralyzing unease.
Inventive and diverting entertainment for fans of moody horror mysteries. And the end is cool. Say no more.
The horror genre takes a new direction using extreme violence to support a surprisingly evocative story of redemptive torture.
"Saw" has it all. Gore, violence, an excellent script, and top notch tension all put together with a whopper of a horror outing.
Having lifted itself up so high in some ways, it's a shame that, in the end, the film sinks down to the level of just being another dumb horror movie.
It's a brutal, vicious, well done psychological thriller that will leave you disturbed for days.
The inconsistencies and incongruities mar the overall result, but it's a fierce enough premise to excite some investors to believe this team can do better and perhaps even bloodier.
The setup is gripping, and the suspense intense, but the third act -- the payoff for sitting through such harrowing material -- is a major misfire.
we all need more Glover in our lives
There is such a storm of terrible dialogue in Saw as to legitimately draw comparisons to none less than Ed Wood.
While the great idea gets squandered, it remains a fun flick, certainly above the par of many other genre films.
Able to hold interest most of the way through, unraveling back stories that feel as if they might lead to something. But then the ending arrives.
Blood splatter antics take over and make it a tough watch for the queasy and those who still consider themselves sane.
...though Elwes has received a lot of criticism for his work here, the actor delivers a surprisingly effective performance that feels believable and appropriate...
Audience Reviews for Saw
not a fan of the gore fest horror films that this movie started generating but this was a decent movie. The twist to me was slightly unrealistic as how could a man alive lay there that long and not move once or show breathing . . .More
A gritty, dirty, and intense horror movie with superb acting from Leigh Whannel and Cary Elwes as two men chained inside an abandoned bathroom, wondering how they got there and why they are here. This movie gets a lot of bad rep for ceaseless violence and excessive gore, and gets unfairly coupled with "Hostel" because of this. It is definitely violent and not for all, but in terms of how the simple story is given layers and handled meticulously with backstories and flashbacks, you can not deny it is a good idea handled exceptionally well. In my opinion this is one of the better horror films of the 00's, with a twist ending that will knock you out cold. The score is also phenomenal, as it continually amps up the intensity (especially in the final act) to almost unbearable levels. Highly recommended if you like horror films.More
Interesting story with some cool twists but the acting is absolutely terrible. Of course, this is only the beginning of a money-making sequel shitfest, and it really goes downhill after the third film. People will pay to see grisly violence, simple. Probably the most pointless franchise of all time. Although, I must say that this first installment is entertaining and even unpredictable.More
- Yes officer, I'm sick. Sick from the disease eating away at me from the inside, sick of people who don't appreciate their blessing, sick of those who scoff at the suffering of others. I'm sick of it all!
- Dr. Lawrence Gordon:
- I did not cheat on her!
- What do you care what I think anyway? I don't give a crap if you covered yourself in peanut butter and had a 15-hooker gang bang!
- I just a-shit ma pants!
- I went back to my shit hole apartment, and woke up in an actual shit hole.
- My last girlfriend was a feminist, vegan punk who broke up with me because she thought I was too angry.
- Rise and shine, Adam. You're probably wondering where you are. I'll tell you where you might be. You might be in the room that you die in. Up until now, you've simply sat in the shadows watching others live out their lives. But what do voyeurs see when they look into the mirror? Now I see you as a strange mix of someone angry, yet apathetic. But mostly just pathetic. So are you going to watch yourself die here today, Adam, or do something about it?
- I don't get it.
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