What a surprising film. At last, a fresh, original horror film that isnt Japanese!
Some of you may think Im overrating this movie, you may even think its a load of crap. However, if you do think that, then i would strongly have to disagree. Im not a huge fan of the old video nasties (Driller Killer, The Burning, etc), but I would say of all the more recent horror movies, Saw is as close as you get to being in the spirit of the "Nasties".
If you are reading this, you are probably already familiar with the basic story of the movie, so I'll spare you the whole "Once upon a time..." section, and get right to the good/bad bits.
In actual fact, I didnt focus on any gaffs in the film, which is surprising for me! I just sat back and went on a rollercoaster ride, and I'd advise you (assuming your a hardcore horror fan, like myself!) to do the same.
Word of warning, this is quite a violent, grizzly film. While it does contain a fair share of on-screen violence, it does sometimes revert to the old "Texas Chainsaw" trick, in that it doesnt show you everything, but leaves some stuff to the imagination. However, as you can see this is the Uncut version, this does not happen too often!
The Killer in this movie is quite unique, in that he doesnt actually kill people, he finds horrific ways for them to kill themselves, his "games" as he calls them. He also isnt the usual "guy in the white mask" as in most horror flicks. He has two main 'forms' in this film. First, we see him in a black/red robe, which isnt completely original, but still not the white mask were so sick of. He does, however, have a pig-mask (I thought it looked like a pig anyway, correct me if Im wrong), which is quite creepy and disturbing. You may have seen the clown-dummy on the press material, which is also seen quite alot in this film.
Acting is quite impressive in this film, especially from the two main characters. I have seen Carl Elwes before, but in minor roles. I found his performance in this film very impressive. Newcomer Leigh Whannell (also the writer of the piece) was equally impressive. The biggest name in this film, however, was Danny Glover, although I was glad that his role wasnt a huge one (I originally assumed this movie would have stuck ol' Danny in front of the camera as much as possible, I was wrong.)
The music in this film was quite interesting, it wasnt the usual creepy halloween-type music in most horror films. It fitted the film perfectly. The music in the final scene was brilliant, and really helped make the conclusion what it is.
And what a conclusion it is! (Im gonna try not to spoil it!) I would argue Saw has the best twist ending Ive ever seen! it took me nigh on twenty minutes to digest those final few minutes.
The DVD is satisfactory, with a music video, making-of music video, and a mini-featurette with the writer and director. The surround sound is quite impressive (especially with the killers voice messages on tapes), and the picture is slightly grainy, which makes the film look better in my point of view.
Just watch it!