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Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his/her life, or else die trying.
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The plot is diabolically clever. It appears that a maniac is on the loose, placing people in fiendish situations that are truly matters of life or death, virtually ensuring that someone dies. The deaths occur in a highly unusual manner, indicative of a complex and maniacal mind at work. Detectives Tapp (Danny Glover) and Sing (Ken Leung) are on the case and hot on this maniac's trail. When on the verge of his capture, however, everything goes wrong, and Detective Tapp becomes somewhat unhinged after a total debacle ensues.
Meanwhile, Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes), who was himself a suspect in the case, suddenly finds himself in a filthy, ancient, cavernous bathroom, along with a young man named Adam (Leigh Whannell). Both are chained to pipes in the wall and are disoriented and unsure as to how they got there. Between them and just beyond their reach lies an apparently dead man in a pool of blood, ostensibly killed with the gun that he still holds in his hand. Then, Dr. Gordon and Adam discover that a series of cryptic instructions have been left for them to follow. Each instruction clearly delineates just how precarious their position is.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
As Saw moves toward its gory denouement, it unleashes a number of great surprises, and the ending is well-nigh perfect - I certainly didn't see it coming. You may think you know what is going on, but I'll wager that you'll be mistaken. Best of all, there's no deus ex machina plot device to ruin everything - i.e., as surprising as the final revelations are, everything comes together in a heartbeat to make perfect sense. I really can't say enough about the script put together by Leigh Wannell and James Wan - it's bloody brilliant. I love this movie.
The Bad Man in Saw is downright sadistic; rather than merely hunt his victims down and kill them himself, he creates elaborate "games" that lead to painful deaths brought about by the participants themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought solely for the Special Features! I'm a bit of a geek like that!Published 2 months ago by Jayke1981
I just love this series of films. Wonderfully psychologically complex.Published 3 months ago by Daffy Dill
The film is fantastic and is a crime thriller rather than a 'gore porn' slaughter film that the sequels are famous for. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the Saw franchise, but this first film will always remain my favourite. It now appears to be a slightly 'cheap' and quick production, but when the basic storyline is this... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sophie T
Playing surface looked alright but label side badly scratched - not that I cared
But tried in 3 players and 2 pcs and none played film successfully. Read more
Very good film and is very under rated, saw films always have good story lines which is why these are worth watchingPublished 6 months ago by Reece Cassar