• Gustav

    ★★★½ Watched by Gustav 18 Oct, 2014 3

    James Wan's Saw seems like the film a young Sam Raimi would make if he so happened to have just seen Se7en and been temporally David Fincher-obsessed. The schlocky low-budget is a breeding ground for irrepressibly vibrant and youthful intensity - even if the camera's movement is only just on the right side of nauseating, and at that, still treading a balance on utter kookiness. It surrounds itself in a gritty and grimly feeling of urban rot that holds itself…


  • byarsan

    ★★★½ Added by byarsan

    Acting and script were both fairly weak, but it was still extremely entertaining. Glad I got the box set.


  • zuhair vazir

    ★★★½ Rewatched by zuhair vazir 14 May, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • SamRieck

    ★★★½ Added by SamRieck

    Lots of plot holes and things that don't hold up, but damn that first time through is a hell of a lot of fun.


  • Scott Audetat

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Scott Audetat 13 Oct, 2014

    Has it already been ten years? I'm rewatching the entire series this week to see if I still enjoy them.

    I still think the twist is cheap, it's one you probably won't guess, but it begs to ask about the plotholes it had to have made. I mean no one is that still.

    The cast is pretty good, with a lot of small performances that lead to bigger characters later. I still think Elwes has some awful acting in the…


  • Joachim Andersson

    ★★★ Rewatched by Joachim Andersson 13 Oct, 2014 2

    The first Saw is an ok thriller that really doesn't hold up well for a rewatch, which I just did. When you know the twist it's never really that interesting which says a lot of how solid the concept really is. That it's basically a Seven ripoff is quite obvious now.

    It's far from bad though, just not as clever as it thinks it is. Looking forward to watching the whole series now, only seen 1, 2 and 4 before


  • Alan Gunn

    ★★★★ Added by Alan Gunn

    "Saw" has gotten flack for starting the modern "torture porn" trend, but I don't think that element defines the movie. Don't get me wrong, this is totally a depraved display of some wicked blood and gore, but it's also a smartly-written mystery and a compelling test of morality. Wan/Wannell could've easily just made this a big pile of shock value, but they really went the extra mile and delivered a twisted little thriller with brains to spare.


  • Joe Hastings

    ★★★★ Added by Joe Hastings 11

    "Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore."

    Hard to believe that its been a decade since this came out on the big screen. Memorable for a lot of things including the last time I went to a theatre. In late 2004 we were introduced to something unique even if some of the acting was questionable. Leigh Whannell was the worst offender since he reminded me of all those awful Tarantino cameos. Cary Elwes was…


  • James Rodrigues

    ★★★★ Rewatched by James Rodrigues 11 Oct, 2014

    And thus began a horror juggernaut, who would dominate Halloween for many years.

    Jigsaw is a fantastic horror creation, unique in the way that he never actually does any killing. He sets the inventive deathtraps for the characters to navigate through, and they ultimately live or die based on how far they're willing to go.

    The script works well with providing great twists, turns & revelations, but things are lacking on the characterization front. Credit must go to James Wan, for…


  • Taylor Armosino

    ★★★ Rewatched by Taylor Armosino 09 Oct, 2014

    I feel like I probably shouldn't like this movie. I think I need to go see a shrink.


  • Alex Dodson

    ★★★½ Watched by Alex Dodson 08 Oct, 2014

    Fincher's bottle episode. Not torture porn yet.


  • Stephen

    ★★★ Rewatched by Stephen 05 Oct, 2014

    No single film in this series deserves five stars, as evidenced by its opener's weak acting and meandering story (worth the wait when it reaches one of my all-time favourite endings. But I love the achievement and demented ambition of the Saw franchise's dense, complicated, ridiculous sprawling narrative. It is a singular work of mad ambition, and the whole mess deserves top marks — even if the components can't quite make it on their own.