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::The Game of Life & Death -I::
Dec 14, 2005 01:29 AM 4577 Views
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Movie: Saw


Leading Cast: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover


Director: James Wan


Saw begins with Adam (Whannell) and Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Elwes) waking up in a derelict bathroom with a dead body lying between them. They find them chained to pipes on either side of the room. In their pockets they find tapes that have a recording that tells why they are there and that Lawrence has eight hours to kill Adam or his wife and daughter will die.


Other than the tapes, their abductor has left the men a couple clues and two badly worn handsaws that are only strong enough to cut flesh and bone. Doesn't it sound a ghastly situation for a film to begin? What would we do if we a are suddenly put into such a situation where our life is at stake?


Saw is a horryfying thriller based on the game of life and death. The movie's main protagonist Jigsaw makes people solve puzzles with the help of clues laid down by him. If people succeed in winning the game, they survive, or else they die. Forgoing the supernatural for a more realistic serial killer protagonist, this is the kind of horror movie that is really scary.


Saw comes at a time when remakes of horror has taken over Hollywood. Saw is not a typical horror movie. Here you won't find any horror faces or supernatural things happening. Saw is inventive with a unique and unbelievable twist in the end. Here Jigsaw does not even do the killings. He makes people fight among themselves and kill others or kill themselves. People are put in extreme situations and are in a dillemma to kill or be killed. And all this people are flawed who have done some bad deeds in their lifetime.


This is the first movie written by Leigh Wannell and directed by James Wan. Wan has taken up the direction to almost top levels here. The murder-game scenarios are so revoltingly awful that they'd be unbearable if it weren't for a stream of black wit running through the whole film, not to mention the script's striking inventiveness.Saw offers some very powerful and disturbing images, but they are instantaneous jolts, not lingering shocks. Saw is sick and sadistic, yet Whannell's screenplay and the direction by James Wan keep you glued to the seat.Saw was made in just 18 days and has made $100 million worldwide till today. That is a really good return.


Saying anything more would ruin the fun out of watching this superb movie. Each and every moment is like a journey into a different world. There are several moments in which we simply cannot believe that a filmmaker would take us to this point. Then Wan and Whannell push us even further. And in the process create a thriller that's truly a classic.


And its not just this the story further continues and what we get is even a better classic as SAW 2.Check out my next review.


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