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|*Also starring: ||Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith, Leigh Whannell||
Review by Steve Rhodes
2 stars out of 4
P>James Wan's SAW is an overscripted and claustrophobic horror movie that's
fairly effective, but I wish I'd never seen it. This nihilistic drama concerns
a serial killer who doesn't actually murder anyone but plays gruesome games
with his victims that forces them to kill themselves and sometimes others as
The movie starts with two guys and one dead body trapped in a derelict
bathroom. Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) are each
chained to pipes at opposite ends of the large room. In the middle is a bloody
corpse with a bashed-in skull. Adam and Larry each have microcassettes with
their instructions from an unknown bad guy. Unless Larry kills Adam by six,
Larry's wife and daughter will be murdered.
In this SE7EN wannabe of a film, Monica Potter plays Larry's wife, and Danny
Glover plays a discredited detective who is investigating the case. A
repetitious and tiresome movie, it is filled with moments you'll want to forget
and that will make you shut your eyes or wish that you had. I'm sure there's
an audience somewhere for this sick sort of story, but I couldn't stomach it.
SAW runs a tediously long 1:40. It is rated R for "strong grisly violence and
language" and would be acceptable for older teenagers.
Copyright © 2004 Steve Rhodes
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