• Nanna

    ★★★★ Watched by Nanna 09 Mar, 2014

    hell YEAH

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  • Geoff T

    ★★★★ Watched by Geoff T 07 Mar, 2014

    I am new to the Saw franchise. I've heard of it's reputation for graphics scenes of torture and violence. It has become a very milked horror franchise with 6 sequels following up later on. This first installment however, has less of a focus on blood and gore, and is more psychological based though there is a good amount of violent scenes.

    The majority of the film takes placed in an industrial bathroom, where photographer Adam Stanheight and Dr. Lawrence Gordon…

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  • Bob Hovey

    ★★★ Watched by Bob Hovey 07 Nov, 2012

    I put off watching Saw for eight years ... and in that time we 'saw' the release of six sequels, reviews of which made me even less anxious to see the original. My natural suspicion of roman numeral films combined with my resentment of the fact that the studio had compared Saw to Se7en, which I've always considered an excellent film (to be clear, I don't mind when critics compare one film to another, but I get suspicious when the…

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  • cinemal

    ★★½ Added by cinemal

    A/C

    Two men are trapped in a room, part of a serial killer's elaborate game. Can they figure out the rules of the game to get out of their trap? And what if the rules say only one man can get out?

    Once again, the methodical sociopathic mastermind ends up not really dead, ready to deliver his twisted version of justice on some more unfortunate characters. This is a pretty good take on making "Seven and a Half", which isn't…

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  • Alex Tasselli

    ★★★★ Watched by Alex Tasselli 20 Feb, 2014 2

    What an ending!

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  • Tim Goens

    ★★★ Rewatched by Tim Goens 19 Feb, 2014

    I saw this about a year after it came out and wasn't a huge fan.

    Watching it again now, 8-9 years later, I have a little more respect for it. It is still very rough around the edges, with terrible acting from some credible people. This was also Wan's debut feature, so I have also seen how far he's come since then.

    As a horror movie it is an original premise, creates a good bit of atmosphere and created an…

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  • Justin Brusino

    ★★ Watched by Justin Brusino 18 Sep, 2004

    TIFF 04. Midnight Madness. So before Saw became a joke franchise and spawned a bunch of trashy sequels, horror nerds were super excited about it. We were so excited that after getting home from Toronto only three days earlier, we drove back just to see it (and then drove home again after it ended around 2:00 a.m.)

    Anyway, the movie was a massive letdown. Super cheap looking and cheesy. Only the aftermath of the traps are shown, so all you're left with is a crappy detective movie. Thankfully Wan has gotten a lot better since then (thought he's still prone to throw in some cheese-ball flourishes).

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  • Jordan Tullis

    ★★ Watched by Jordan Tullis 13 Feb, 2014

    Well, this is a nasty piece of work. Given its reputation as "torture porn", I expected it to fetishize the traps and the gore, but it doesn't really dwell on them at all, instead focusing on the central mystery, which is surprisingly complicated (scenes are thrown at you in fragments and out of order). It does perform its intended function; the premise is just conceptually horrifying, and there are two ruthless set pieces, involving a camera flash and a child's…

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  • Kerstin Kirby

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Kerstin Kirby 07 Feb, 2014

    By far, the best film in the series. Despite the painful acting of Cary Elwes, always an enjoyable scary movie. I still get a chill of excitement every time Jig Saw reveals himself at the end of the movie. What a shock! I like the premise of people having yo save themselves and learning yo be thankful in such a demented way.

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  • Rachel

    ★★★★ Added by Rachel

    I mean when the thing happened, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. M Night Shymalan take note.

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  • TheCincyKid

    ★★★★ Added by TheCincyKid

    When I first saw this ideal sleeper hit, I was absolutely terrified. It wasn't that it was violent or Gothic. Rather, it was that it is claustrophobic even when the story reaches beyond its main setting, an unsavory dungeon warehouse bathroom. Saw never comes up for a breath of pleasant fresh air, even by the mortifying end, an end that will make even the most adventurous or free-flowing of viewers become at least scared of the dark. This was the most scared I had ever been by a movie from the horror genre. I loved it for its nonstop bearhug of creepiness.

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  • travis_bickle76

    ★★★ Rewatched by travis_bickle76 29 Jan, 2014

    I'm re-watching Saw again with the intention of watching all seven movies in the next couple of weeks. I've re-rated the movie following this watch even based on the fact that it was directed by James Wan, I've now realised that Michael Emerson who played Ben Linus of Lost is in Saw. I'm hoping that next six movies don't go the same way as Lost!

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