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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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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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…