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Saw ensnares audiences with a deceptively clever plot and a myriad of memorable, nasty set pieces, but its lofty ambitions are undercut by a nihilistic streak that feels more mean than profound.



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The 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


Cary Elwes
as Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Danny Glover
as Detective David Tapp
Ken Leung
as Detective Steven Sing
Tobin Bell
as John/Jigsaw
Monica Potter
as Alison Gordon
Michael Emerson
as Zep Hindle
Makenzie Vega
as Diana Gordon
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  • Dec 22, 2015
    People think film is just a gore fest but really this is one of the best thrillers of all time with twist and turns at every corner. The jigsaw killer has planted himself in movie history as one of the most sinister and greatest villains of all time. The film has some plot holes and average acting but the story is compelling and has some of the most intense moments in movie history like when Amanda is in the reverse bear trap which puts you on the edge of your seat. I give this film 9/10.
    Sonny H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2015
    "I want to play a game." Saw is an intense psychological thriller from director James Wan. The film follows two strangers who wake up chained in a bathroom, abducted by a serial killer named Jigsaw who has constructed an elaborate trap with a series of clues that must be solved in order to escape. Starring Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Dina Meyer, and Michael Emerson, the film has an impressive cast. And, Wan does an extraordinary job at creating tension and suspense with his directing style. However, the story's a little hard to follow at times, as a lot of it's told through flashbacks that are often ambiguous. Yet despite its flaws, Saw is an incredibly provocative and disturbing horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2015
    The direction is slightly messy at times, especially in the flashback scenes in which we learn more about the two men bound together in a dingy bathroom, taken against their will. Saw really works because it frightens us, but it only really frightens us because who isn't afraid of being kidnapped? The entire franchise exploits our instinctive fears but some of the performances are strong enough to hold up a film and the score is great.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2015
    Its budget is low, its style is unoriginal and its acting is variable at best. But the work it did in reinvigorating the genre is undeniable, and the twists for which the saga is so well known are (almost) always brilliant.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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