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Saw

  • Drama
  • 2004
  • James Wan
  • 98 mins
  • 18

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

At the time of its release in 2004, it was perhaps inevitable that this unsettling debut from director James Wan would 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 screen history. No surprise, then, that it spawned a highly lucrative and prolific franchise.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Lawrence GordonCary Elwes
AdamLeigh Whannell
Detective David TappDanny Glover
Alison GordonMonica Potter
KerryDina Meyer
JohnTobin Bell
Zep HindleMichael Emerson
Detective Steven SingKen Leung
Diana GordonMakenzie Vega
AmandaShawnee Smith
BrettBenito Martinez

Crew

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DirectorJames Wan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2004-10-01
Language
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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