James Wan (2004)

18 Certificate


Our Score
It is perhaps inevitable that this unsettling debut from director James Wan will be compared with Se7en. Not only do they share similarly skewed serial-killing themes, but their style, tension and sheer viciousness put them in the same genre pigeonhole. Told, unusually, from the point of view of the victims, this well-acted thriller chillingly questions how far an individual will go to stay alive. Leigh Whannell (who also wrote the screenplay) and Cary Elwes become the latest playthings of a game-obsessed psychopath, finding themselves chained to opposite walls in a crumbling, subterranean bathroom, with no recollection of how they got there. With its jerky, grainy cinematography and nerve-jangling industrial soundtrack, the film is more disturbing than terrifying. It's like an extended Nine Inch Nails rock video as imagined by Dario Argento. However just when you think you've got it sussed, the movie throws in some audacious twists, resulting in one of the most memorable climaxes in recent screen history.


Detectives hunt a killer who kidnaps his victims and forces them to play sadistic games with life-or-death consequences. Meanwhile, two strangers wake to find themselves chained to pipes in a filthy, derelict bathroom - and at the mercy of the madman, who sets them a twisted challenge. Horror, written by and starring Leigh Whannell, alongside Cary Elwes, Danny Glover and Dina Meyer.

Cast & Crew

Dr Lawrence Gordon Cary Elwes
Adam Leigh Whannell
Det David Tapp Danny Glover
Det Steven Sing Ken Leung
Kerry Dina Meyer
Paul Mike Butters
Mark Paul Gutrecht
Zep Hindle Michael Emerson
Director James Wan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray