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At Theaters: 10/29/2004 On Video: 2/15/2005
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439977
Studio: Lions Gate Films
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Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his/her life, or else die trying…
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Thriller Horror - This is a very violent and bloody thriller whose extreme violence and dark subject matter make the film wholly inappropriate for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Cary Elwes ELLA ENCHANTED, QUEST FOR CAMELOT, KISS THE GIRLS
Danny Glover THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, BELOVED, LETHAL WEAPON 4
Monica Potter ALONG CAME A SPIDER, HEAD OVER HEELS, PATCH ADAMS
Leigh Whannell ONE PERFECT DAY, THE MATRIX RELOADED
Director: James Wan NEGATIVE, RADIUS
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 25 F-words, 12 S-words, 1 GD, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Lots of extreme, bloody violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Chases and fights.
COMEDY: None.
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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Saw is for hard-gore horror aficionados only. To appreciate Saw in its full gory, you have to have a penchant for productions that bask in the traditions of the Grand Guignol. While most of the film relies more on psychological tension and terror, there's plenty of gut-churning, visceral violence, especially during the final 15 minutes. That's the time period when James Wan's otherwise compelling feature goes a little too far over the top, veering out of its David Fincher-inspired darkness into the realm of self-parody.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average 'Saw' is an efficiently made thriller, cheerfully gruesome, and finally not quite worth the ordeal it puts us through. It's a fictional machine to pair sadistic horrors with merciless choices, and so the question becomes: Do we care enough about the characters to share what they have to endure? I didn't.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 104 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
17
Very High
94%
13-19Teens (F)
20
High
80%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
20
High
85%
30+Adults (M)
14
About 50/50
86%
30+Adults (F)
15
Fairly High
80%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 104 moviegoer opinions. As with all horror movies the opinions are very mixed. The teen and twentysomething guys seemed to enjoy it the most and for them I can highly recommend "Saw."

As for the teen and twentysomething females, over half enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately quite a few didn't care for it or even hated it. I suspect many of the very lowest opinions are from those who aren't fans of horror, who came with someone who is a fan.

Adult opinions are quite a bit lower, but not bad. Around half enjoyed it, but certainly not as strongly as younger moviegoers. For adults I would say it's a bit of a risk since quite a few rated it so low. However, I believe most will enjoy it, at least to some degree.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
A young man named Adam (LEIGH WHANNELL) wakes to find himself chained to a rusty pipe inside a decrepit subterranean chamber. Chained to the opposite side of the room is another bewildered captive, Dr. Lawrence Gordon (CARY ELWES). Between them is a dead man lying in a pool of blood, holding a .38 in his hand. Neither man knows why he has been abducted; but instructions left on a microcassette, order Dr. Gordon to kill Adam within eight hours. If he fails to do so, then both men will die, and Dr. Gordon's wife, Alison (MONICA POTTER), and his daughter will be killed.  Recalling a recent murder investigation by a police detective named Tapp (DANNY GLOVER), Dr. Gordon realizes he and Adam are the next victims of a psychopathic genius known only as "Jigsaw."  With only a few hours left to spare, they must unravel the elaborate puzzle of their fate in the midst of mounting terror. The killer has provided them with only a few clues and two handsaws - too weak to break their steel shackles, but strong enough to cut through flesh and bone…
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