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Saw (2004)

Cast: Cary Elwes, Monica Potter, Danny Glover, Dina Meyer, Ken Leung, Shawnee Smith, Ned Bellamy, Leigh Whannell

Director(s): James Wan

Language: English

Genre: Horror

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Synopsis

How far would you go to save your own life? Prepare yourself for a gut-wrenching trip into the heart of terror with SAW, Lions Gate Films? gripping horror film starring Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter and Leigh Whannell. Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play macabre games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his/her life, ... [Get complete synopsis]

 

MasterWoodsman wrote on March 21, 2005, 3:30 pm
Mood: Down.
Rated
Too much. This was the first movie in about 10 years that I thought went too far in the gore department. I found myself cringing at parts. (I must be getting older or more sensitive). The whole thing was designed to shock, and it worked. I couldn't believe that my 14-year niece actually saw this (she had the same opinion). The story was not bad, but a little forced. I can't really recommend this one.
motleymitch wrote on September 20, 2005, 2:19 am
Rated
Hmmmm....maybe I'm too desensitized, but I didn't find it that gory.
****Spoilers****
I liked the concept, but don't think the adaptation was quite what it could've been. This seems like a good short story and was too long as a film. (It was only 1 1/2 hours, but could've been shorter, to more dramatic effect).
The side story of the cops was not needed. Cary Elwes was a poor casting choice. His acting was really bad, which it usually isn't, but I've never seen him in a role like this either. Stick to the romantic comedy stuff Cary.
Some of the imagery was cool stuff - reminiscent of 'Se7en' - and the twist ending actually surprised me. I was sure who the killer was, and was wrong-o.
Derek, what gory scenes were you talking about? There was a lot implied, but not much shown.
Anyways, for a similar-themed and better movie, check out the Canadian film 'Cube', which I will post right now.
Deril wrote on October 23, 2005, 2:12 am
Rated
You guys are both nuts. This was such a good movie. I watched at 11:30 in the pitch black. It's cold & rainy out...very spooky. Anyways, I loved it. The whole premise was cool, and the ending caught me off guard

*************SPOILER************
I had no clue it was the guy in the room...I freaked out when the story unravelled itself.
I love that he gets away with (hence Saw II)

This had me glued to my seat, I thought there should have been more going on in the room. Also, the performances of Adam & Lawrence could have been a little stronger. (I see Carey Elwes and I picture Robin Hood: Men in tights & Princess Bride...not 'Saw'.

Also: I didn'tfind it gorey at all. I was expecting much worse.

motleymitch wrote on October 25, 2005, 1:46 am
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SPOILER****

Darrell, there will be no 'Saw II' because the killer was diagnosed with a terminal illness, which was why he wanted people to see the value of living. Pay attention. If there IS a 'Saw II', it'll be lame, with some back-story about some guy.
Papamikey wrote on October 26, 2005, 10:29 am
Rated
Well, I FINNNAALLLLY saw "Saw" (saw-saw?)

Actually, I watched the first half (no pun) on Monday and the last half (again, no pun) last night....

Good-meh. It was OKish, on the good side of OK...

I normally don't like outlandishly over-elaborate Murder-tricks/booby traps (see my review of The Game) but this one didn't seem too severe. It still suffered from the fact that EVERY player involved had to do precisely what they were "planned" to do or else the whole trap unravels.

***SPOILERS****

Being a fan of thriller/horror, I was able to spot the twist at the end long before it happened, then got frustrated waiting for it to execute. Ebert had a good point of view on this: he says SUPERIOR versions of this kind of cat-and-mouse thriller SHOW the killer (i.e. Silence of the Lambs) and try to make him a character instead of simply a plot device.

The orderly at the controls with the mom and dad looked FAR too nervous and stupid (i.e. showing his face in the window) to be an UBER-mastermind killer.

Plus I was less than convinced by his choice of victims? What precisely did these people DO to deserve this "ULTIMATE" lesson in life-appreciation? One cheated on his wife...wow, if you're going to teach that lesson, better start desgining elaborate traps for 2/3s of the US population...

One was a junkie, same thing...

I mean, if they did something TRUUULY heinous, I can sympathize, but these were RELATIVELY minor offences.

And to answer the sequel myth: Saw II is being released this Friday, same Jigsaw killer (or at least the same voices). This one looks more like a group of people stuck inside a "Big Brother" type house, complete with overly complicated booby-traps.

Papa Mikey!

Deril wrote on October 26, 2005, 4:40 pm
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yeah Mitch!
So there.....maybe YOU should pay attention.
Papamikey wrote on October 26, 2005, 4:54 pm
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Point...set...MATCH.

DERIL!

motleymitch wrote on October 27, 2005, 2:46 am
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I actually saw the ads in the paper last week but the font was stylized in a way that the 'II' just looked like chickenscratchings, and assumed they were re-releasing 'Saw' for Hallowe'en. Silly me should know that there will be sequels to EVERYTHING. I mean, how many 'Weekend at Bernie's' are they up to now? 8? 9?
As for 'Saw II' it got a 4 star rating in the local rag here, and the concept is a house full of criminals with more gore tactics to sort through. And Donnie Wahlberg.
(Hey, they should put ALL the NKOTBs in a do-or-die house.)

Papamikey wrote on January 27, 2011, 10:38 pm
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Just re-watched today in preps to see the WHOLE series of them...next up: Saw II! (duh.)

I enjoyed all over again, forgot most of it (ex: was SHOCKED to see/recall Danny Glover was in it!)...remembered the twist.

Like coming back to these threads FIVE years later...man, we were KIDS back then!

Maiku Old Man McMaiku

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