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Saw (2004)

Cast: Leigh Whannell, Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, more...
Director: James Wan, James Wan
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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The directorial debut from filmmaker James Wan, this psychological thriller comes from the first screenplay by actor Leigh Whannell, who also stars. Whannell plays Adam, one of two men chained up in a mysterious chamber. The other, Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), like Adam, has no idea how either of them got there. Neither of them are led to feel optimistic by the man lying between them dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Together, Adam and Dr. Gordon attempt to piece together what has happened to them and who the sadistic madman behind their imprisonment is. Also starring Danny Glover and Monica Potter, Saw premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

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Incosistent in every way but Saw is sharp on delivery by BJaton October 26, 2006 - 10:21 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful

Just watched Saw after a few years of sitting on the sidelines watching a horror franchise develop. Good performance by Danny Glover as the detective gone defected discharged cop who obsesses over his assailant. Otherwise the acting is horrible,(The guy who played Wesley in Princess Bride never really matured above porn star acting ability). The script has some serious suspension of disbelief issues but the suprise ending and the pace of the movie leaves you wanting to see Saw 2. Suprised me like the end of Usual Suspects. However I suspect these guys need acting lessons.

Saw doesn't have teeth. by Phibes September 11, 2005 - 5:06 PM PDT
2 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Great marketing helped this awful script by James Wan and Leigh Whannell become a success. I walked out after forty minutes because I was fed up with the inept storyline and poor acting. You're gonna love it or hate it. I hated all of the forty minutes I SAW.

Dark, and Then Some by talltale February 14, 2005 - 5:49 PM PST
10 out of 14 members found this review helpful
See SAW if you want to spend 105 minutes with an utterly riveting, scary, two-steps-ahead movie that had us glued to our seats. If "Seven" was autopsy porn (as a friend of mine called it), this one skirts that area without ever descending into the gutter as Fincher's film did. "Saw" moves faster and spends less time on the "supposed" moral lessons the villain wants to teach--and which "Seven" thoroughly fudged. (It's also a much less pompous movie.) The film keeps swinging back and forth between characters and places, which helps keep it from sliding too far into monotony (or sheer ugliness). And it moves fast enough--with surprise atop surprise--particularly as the end approaches, that even if you try to pick it apart, you'll probably have to watch it again before you can. First-rate writing, acting and directing join here to achieve something rare these days: a good, dark, scary thriller. (And if ever a movie deserved a sequel--and leaves the door wide open for one--it's "Saw.")

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