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movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Saw

Starring: Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes
Director: James Wan
Rated: R
RunTime: 100 Minutes
Release Date: October 2004
Genres: Horror, Suspense

*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 well.

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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