Saw 1 Movie Review

Saw 1 Movie Review Directed by James Wan

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.

Saw 1 Movie Trailer

The Nightmare Before Christmas Review

Nightmare Before Christmas Review by Tim Burton

The Nightmare Before Christmas Review by Tim Burton

  • IMDB – 8.0 | Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
  • Rated PG
  • 76 minutes
  • Released – October 29th, 1993
  • Directed By: Henry Selick

Our Thoughts

Over twenty years have passed since Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas made its first appearance on the big screen, yet today’s young generation can still feel the ripples of it’s success.

Many teens and young adults who haven’t even seen the movie are exposed to its characters every year during both Christmas and Halloween or in recent years through Capcom’s famous video game series Kingdom Hearts.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is about Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. The audience follows Jack as he becomes weary of the same holiday routine year after year and searches for something new. He stumbles upon Christmas Town, becomes inspired by the holiday, and decides to make his own Christmas.

What makes this movie a classic is that there are no other movies like it. Based on the poem by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick, no other movie has shown how powerful the spirits of America’s two favorite holidays have become in recent decades. This movie encompasses the beautiful blend of American culture  the dueling grotesque nature of the Halloween verses the delicate and splendid nature of Christmas.

I personally enjoy the messages of this movie to children which include to always stay true to yourself and there is always time to set right what you did wrong. That last moral Jack himself literally sings. Lastly, the romance of the movie was a little more realistic then the normal Disney movie. Sally finds herself almost overshadowed by Jacks ambitions, like many people do today with their significant other, and only through solving his mistakes does he realize whats truly important in the end and that is each other.

Besides the plot, the animation quality, for its time, is and always will be remarkable. With a 24 frames per second, the Disney standard since Snow White, the claymation motion is fluid and tries to hammer every last detail. Blinking eyes of the characters alone took three frames and over 400 heads of Jack were used to create his expressions. This claymation master piece would  have taken an entire week just to create one minute of film. Then you add Danny Elfman’s musical talent, which he didn’t have a script to work , and you have the amazing creation of The Nightmare Before Christmas. I always like to applaud films that put more effort into making their creation.

My only sorrow about this film is that its only 76 minutes long. Although Disney wanted to do a sequel, in CGI (computer generated imagery), Tim Burton insisted the movie keep its “purity” and I agree with him. Even if I would love to watch more adventures of Jack Skellington and Halloween Town, I don’t want the story or characters to be lower standard than the original, not pointing fingers at Mulan II. Plus, if I was in charge of making the sequel it would be claymation, not CGI.

Overall this movie can be enjoyed by most people, limited only to kids under the age of five, and has an amazing story yet simple story to tell. This movie has not only influenced who I am but has touched the hearts of many and has definitely earned its placed as a Disney classic.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Trailer