Saw


Released: 2004

Directed by James Wan

In the ‘post scream’ horror era, the majority of films produced were of the supernatural/‘tongue in cheek’ variety. While not all films in this generation were bad, they lacked an air of seriousness and realism. 2004’s Saw broke the mold and revived the gore horror genre in the eyes of the mainstream audience.

This morally perplexing film throws so many kinks and curves in its path that it’s difficult to follow at times; however, in doing so, it is able to produce an enthralling tension for the audience is often in the dark as to what will occur next. While featuring a fair amount of gore scenes, of which the film built its identity upon, director James Wan chose to give the film a psychological thriller feel, and forgo the nonstop carnage, that was popular during the slasher era, by including an unique plot that envelops the audience as much as the violence.

The gist of the story is that a serial killer, coined by the media as the ‘Jigsaw Killer’, forced his victims into playing a deadly ‘game’ to gauge whether or not they deserve to live. The film initially focuses on two men, Lawrence and Adam, chained to opposite sides of filthy bathroom located somewhere underground. Through the progression of the film, the story backtracks and details the complexity of all of the characters in play. Many of these flashbacks function as red herrings, which results in the audience becoming somewhat confused as to the relevance of the current scene. This allows the revelation scenes to have a much more powerful effect as opposed to a more simple linear progression.

The use of props and costumes were effective in regards to both building tension and bringing about an iconic feel to the film.

While Saw is disturbing on many levels, it is not solely the result of its gore. The complexity of the plot allows the film to give the audience ‘the creeps’ at most.

Rating: 7/10

14 comments:

  1. you know, for all the movies ive seen in my life, i have yet to see a single saw movie. thanks for the review, maybe ill check it out

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  2. i think the original concept for this film is pretty solid. but once it became successful and all the other films were made it became diluted and samey. still a fairly good watch though!

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  3. I really enjoyed some first movies of this serie maby it's time for refresh some "new" ones

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  4. I love every saw move. but the first ones are the best

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  5. i dont prefer horror movies, but i see your opinion, and may need to just see more..

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  6. Excellent critique man. I loved this film...I got a little bored of the series though, I think ending it with the death of jigsaw, or just showing that after jigsaw they ended up getting multiple copycats woulda been the way to go.

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  7. Never a big fan of Saw, prefer the "little girl ghost" sort of horror.

    Following and supporting.

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  8. Kind of think they went downhill as they went along but great overall

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  9. I love the SAW films :D One of my favourite horrors.

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  10. Still the best in the series, have seen them all but this one is just brilliant in it's simplicity.

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  11. I love the Saw movies but the 3D one was crap

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  12. The Saw series is literally one of my favorites, after Star Wars of course.

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