Saw

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Released 2004

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Director:
James Wan
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Saw is a 2004 American horror film directed by James Wan and starring Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, and Danny Glover. When Adam (Whannell) and Dr. Gordon (Elwes) wake up, they find themselves chained to rusty pipes in an old bathroom. Adam is in a bathtub filled with water and in between the two men is a bloodied corpse holding a revolver and cassette recorder. The two men discover that they have recorders on them as well and upon playing them aloud discover that Adam must escape the bathroom and Gordon must kill Adam before six o'clock or his wife and daughter will be killed. As the two men find more clues hidden throughout the room, Gordon discovers that Adam is not exactly who he says he is. Meanwhile, Gordon's wife and daughter are being held captive while their captor watches live video of the happenings in the bathroom. While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it has since spawned six sequels.moreless

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  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Does a better-than-average job of conveying the panic and helplessness of men terrorized by a sadist in a degrading environment, but it is still not especially scary.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    Saw is so full of twists it ends up getting snarled. For all of his flashy engineering and inventive torture scenarios, the Jigsaw Killer comes across as an amateur. Hannibal Lecte...

  • 30

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    A crude concoction sewn together from the severed parts of prior horror/serial killer pics.

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Drama, Horror, Suspense

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Slashers, Gorefest