- The Movie
Be prepared to be scared. James Wan's directorial debut, written
by and starring Leigh Whannell, is a violent, bloody, psychologically exhausting
and exhilarating exercise in terror. Adam (Whannell) and Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes)
are chained in a vile, disgusting bathroom, separated by a bloody corpse holding
a gun and a tape recorder. They are each given a saw--the only obvious way out
is to cut one of their feet off. A serial killer who specializes in torturing
morally bereft strangers is playing a game with them: Gordon has less than eight
hours to kill Adam or else the doctor's wife (Monica Potter) and daughter
(Mackenzie Vega) will be murdered. As the two men engage in a battle of wits,
alternately trying to help each other and secretly attempting to win the game, a
series of flashbacks reveals the history of the madman and the pair of
detectives (Danny Glover and Ken Leung) handling the case. Some of the torture
scenes are excruciatingly horrible and hard to watch, a real treat for fans of
the genre. Inspired by the work of David Lynch (BLUE VELVET, TWIN PEAKS) and
Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA, INFERNO), Wan has created a scintillating suspense
thriller that will have audiences continually shocked, repelled, frightened, and
surprised, right up to the very last second (which Whannell has said was
influenced by the endings of such films as THE USUAL SUSPECTS and THE SIXTH
SENSE). The accompanying heavy metal soundtrack is appropriately scary as well.
"[SAW] does a better-than-average job of
conveying the panic and helplessness of men terrorized by a sadist
in a degrading environment..."
"SAW is a gristle-cut B psycho thriller that
would like to tap the sickest corners of your imagination."
"SAW is gripping exploitation, laughing off
claims to seriousness while giving its audience a more pungent ride
than recent mainstream offerings."
IN THEATRES: OCTOBER 29, 2004
"Utterly nihilistic and relentlessly tense,
SAW is a must for horror freaks."
Dolby Digital - English
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary -
1. James Wan - Director
2. Leigh Whannell - Writer & Actor
Making Of -
Music Video -
1. Fear Factory - "Bite the Hand That Bleeds"
1. The Making of "Bite the Hand That Bleeds"