Saw (2004)

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Saw (2004)
  • Time: 103 min
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover

Storyline:

Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or die trying…

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  • You wake up. You’re in room with two other guys. One of them is dead. You are trapped to the wall by a chain on your ankle. You have no idea how you got there. Imagine that. Now imagine that getting much, much worse. And you have Saw. Saw is brilliant. It has no cheap twists or turns. No clich├ęs, which are often unavoidable in the genre. And the whole film, as a horror flick, is a refreshing break from the plentiful jump scares that other films are so prominent in using. This film is frightening. It is gruesome. It is creepy. You never find that in horror films nowadays. Even in the sequels that follow this film, they are burdened by cheap and exhausted trends that, yes, may be frightening, but never do they leave you thinking “I didn’t see that coming” or simply leave you with your jaw hanging as much as this film does. Saw also benefits from it’s truly human characters. Characters that are flawed, troubled and real. Characters who move along the way with you. Instead of the classic “Don’t open closet, don’t open the closet” feel you get from some movies, Saw puts you there with character, totally okay with opening the closet until you realize it was an awful decision. The entire film digs at you, unsettles you, makes absolutely sure that your uneasy. It doesn’t hesitate in pulling the carpet from under your feet. So many horror films make you chase them. They make you panic for answers. You are scared. Saw doesn’t do this however. Saw grabs you by the ankle and drags you in until your just as captive as it’s characters. You are amazed. Watching Saw alone, in the dark, late at night is how it should be watched. Otherwise you’ll miss the full experience that this film proves to be. To all you horror fans out there, go watch this movie right now. To all of those who don’t enjoy horror films, swallow the lump in your throat and do the same.

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