Saw is one of those movies that I couldn’t get into. And I mean that’s saying something. Normally, I love horror movies and especially the ones that send you on a mind-game. But Saw is one of those films that takes the concept of gore and mind-bending and just goes to town. I don’t know if I’m too used to the normal shit that comes out of Hollywood or not, but it makes me wonder. So anyway, let’s review how this crap got started.
Saw, the original one, leaves us in a strange, dirty room with two guys who are chained to the floor. Ok… already you have my attention. Turns out the two guys are there to play a ‘game’, with the prize being you get to live! I’d be scared shitless if that happened to me x.x Oh and for good measure, there’s a dead body there. Juust to remind you that you’re in the land that sanity forgot.
One thing I will say is that I enjoyed the feel of the film more than the later movies. The game is the focus, not the traps, which gives it the feel of “I put thought into this and the traps are just there to see how motivated you are.” Later on, the traps become the focus and it’s just a chance for Jigsaw to kill people. Yay sociopaths!
By now you’re wondering, “Where the hell was the detailed review like yesterday?” Well my pretties, the reason for that is because there aren’t a lot of deaths like the last movie, and unlike tomorrows, this one did nothing for me, so I’m being a bit silly. So just sit back and enjoy the ride. So where were we? Oh yes, the game. Turns out both our victims are bad boys, and they’re in deep shit this time. We learn quite a bit of why they’re here, which helps ground the film a bit by telling us that these guys aren’t saints. What they did might not be justification to die, but they’re not good people, regardless.
So eventually, after mounting tension and terror, they find… some hacksaws! Yes! Let’s saw through these chains and… oh crap, they’re bargain bin saws. Not worth a thing and not doing a thing against these chains. Well… what’s the point? Oh, there’s another way out… saw your foot off. Dayum. Sorry hun, I’m not sawing my foot off for you. I like it right where it is. But one of our main characters doesn’t like his foot so OFF IT GOES! Yeah uh, so now that you can get out… you’re not going really fast and you’re bleeding out. That was pretty damn stupid.
Overall the film is ok, and it has more of a mind-game feel than the later ones. If you’re into gore, go for the later ones, though even that just turns me off. I decided to do this one to segue into tomorrow’s, where we’ll be reviewing 9 Dead and I’ll actually be serious for that one.