A diabolic serial killer tortures his morally wayward victims in order to teach them the value of life. Once captured, they face an obstacle course of difficult decisions in their abductors sadistic game of survival.
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Despite the fact that the rest of the series plays with the ultra-gore and torture porn shit, the first "Saw" remains a brilliantly written horror film, and one of the most terrifying experience that I had (don't watch it in the dark, a saturday evening)
Remains an almost laughably intense, gory and genuinely clever Halloween treat. Benefits from a stacked ensemble serving up scenery chewing of the highest order, slick editing, and a gorgeously grungy, derelict vibe.
Great production design (it's like Se7en but more garish & cartoony) unfortunately, you do not give a fuck about the characters. Yes, that does matter in film where characters are tortured every couple of minutes.
What makes this movie interesting is also what keeps me from giving it more than 3 stars. It makes the viewer unconfortable by puting him/her as an observer of the games that the sadistic killer prepared. And by doing it, creates the trick of causing an identification with the killer, not the victims (or a hero that would save the victims - there's none). The problem is that it is a (sad) formula for entertainment.
Really good movie! It such a shame they kept on diluting the awesomeness of this movie by making a load of bad sequels. This was a perfect blend of thriller, horror and mystery that actually had some great surprises up its sleeve.
More than a full-on torture movie - it has it's moments. A pretty decent screenplay, and consistently honest. However, this film is slow (not in a good way), as it tends to fade away from the matter at hand almost too much. A good experience. 3/5.
Really expected to hate this but despite some crap delivery of some crap dialogue, the plot and structure are totally solid. The pacing of the revelations in the film is spot on and the devices are appropriately terrifying (as opposed to later contraptions in the series that are just gross). That and Benjamin Linus is in the film which makes it worth a watch for the Lost-ies out there!