Saturday, October 1, 2011

25. Saw (2004)

Title:        Saw
Year:        2004
Genre:      Serial Killer

Type:        A-Movie
Run Time: 100

Theatrical MPAA Rating: R-Rated

Cast:       Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover 
               Tobin Bell, Monica Potter
Director: James Wan

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Would you kill to live? That's what Adam and Gordon have to ask themselves when they're abducted by a serial killer and paired up in a deadly situation -- holed up in a prison constructed with such ingenuity that escape seems impossible.

Detailed Synopsis
Personal Thoughts

Howsoever shall we classify the movie Saw? Is it torture porn, or is it a serial killer drama? Could it even be both?

Saw (in the eyes of many) is regarded as being one of the grandfathers of the torture porn films ... and while the classification of "Torture Porn" may be more suitable for some of its sequels, I believe the original Saw is more of a serial killer movie which at times displays characteristics of torture porn.

Well, I was kind of under the impression the era of great serial killer movies came to a close at the end of the 90's (after all, how could we possibly top movies like The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en).

... then "Saw" came along in 2004, introducing a new "torture porn" spin on things, while still exhibiting characteristics of the great serial killer dramas of the past. Saw may not top some of the great serial killer movies of the 90's, but it definitely proves itself worthy of being considered the best of its kind since the glory days of the 90's!

The Plot; a serial killer (jigsaw) awards his victims the opportunity to choose life or death, with each choice having horrifically brutal consequences (hence the phrase, How much blood will you shed to stay alive)!

Saw definitely has its share of quirks; plot holes, questionable writing, shaky (even downright awful) acting, coupled with a few of those "that was dumb" moments ... but in spite of this, I still consider it to be a good movie. The ending, in my opinion, does a great job bringing it all together ... I find myself telling friends, "keep watching, it'll all make sense in the end." 

Though I thought Saw was good, I could tell it was the directorial work of a younger person ... not sure if that's a negative or positive statement.

In Closing: It kept me entertained, it kept me creeped out, it kept me on the edge of my seat, it kept me in an investigative mode (playing sofa detective, trying to guess who the perpetrator was) and it also kept me wondering what I'd do (God forbid) if I ever found myself in that kind of situation, which is why I'm making this my 22nd movie recommendation. It's definitely a good one to watch if you missed it, haven't seen it in a while, or if you love serial killer movies like I do.
What I liked:

- The story (Concept)
- The atmosphere and ambience
- The dark grimy setting
- Jigsaw
- The ending

What I didn't like:

- Some of the acting
- Adam's character annoyed me at times
My Ratings

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