Saw 1 Movie Review Directed by James Wan
- IMDB – 7.7 | Rotten Tomatoes – 48%
- Rated R
- 103 minutes
- Released – October 29th, 2004
- Directed By: James Wan
Our Reviewers Thoughts
Saw, a horror and psychological thriller that hit theaters October 29, 2004. I actually remember this movies trailer and movie posters when I was 9. Only when I was 15 did I actually see the movie for the first time and instantly fell in love. I admit I have a soft-spot for serial killer horror films but no other movie had been able to take Saw away from my top 5 list. Saw is also on many movie critic lists to have one of the best plot twists in movie history.
The movie begins with two men locked in a degraded public bathroom and are given orders to kill the other if they want to survive. The story is slow at first but once you pass the fifteen minute mark the plot story thickens and story telling of different characters capturers the audience’s attention. The focus shifts from which man in the bathroom will survive to who is the infamous Jigsaw killer.
Jigsaw is one of my favorite horror movie psychopaths simply by the fact that he doesn’t actually kill his victims. He sets up elaborate traps for people who he believes don’t appreciate their lives and they must over come the traps puzzle in order to survive and supposedly, find a new love for life after almost dying. Only one victim named in the first movie has been able to pass the gory and demented puzzles he created so far. The psychology behind Jigsaw is beautifully written. Each trap he makes is made for each individual victim in parallel to the reason why he put them there. For example, Jigsaw found an older man who didn’t appreciate the gift of his life and was cutting himself. Jigsaw puts the man in a maze filled with razor wire, if he wants to escape and live, he must move through razor wire and cut himself to the path of survival.
Saw itself isn’t necessarily a horror movie but a psychological crime thriller with grotesque scenes that might make viewers cringe. The movie also makes a pleasant stand alone but it also doesn’t disappoint when you watch the whole 7 film franchise. The Saw series continues to create amazing puzzles for victims to solve and creates an emotional bond between viewer and psychopathic killer Jigsaw.
Some down points of the movie, B rated acting by Leigh Whannell who plays Adam and the movement of the camera in the bathroom scenes. But this seems to be a good starting point for Whannell in future works such as the Insidious series. Its almost like the actors had to warm up to being in a movie before actually acting as they should have been. Also the makeup art for Dr. Gordon when he suffers from blood loss looks like they used Party City clown makeup. Another downside is that there won’t be any more Saw films, or at least thats what I thought. In Saw’s release in 2014 for its tenth anniversary, LionsGate decided it was time to bring Jigsaw back. Saw VIII or Saw: Legacy is to have an initial release date sometime in 2017.
Although it has a slow start, the Saw movie and its sequels is one the the worlds most famous horror franchises and I’m ecstatic for the new movie that will hopefully bring a new love for Jigsaw for the new generation.