31 Days of Halloween: Day 16: Saw (2004) – A Gore Fest with extremely smart Story and Jaw Dropping Conclusion
You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Cube (1998), The Collection (2012)
Long Story Short:
Two men wake up in a room somewhere underground, chained to a pipe, each of them in another corner. In the middle they see a dead person. They soon get introduced to a new serial killer, named Jigsaw via a TV screen. And the games begin.
Saw had one the most unique but also disturbing concepts a Horror Thriller has ever delivered until then, because there aren’t any jump moments but dozens of gore scenes. It also delivers a very mysterious and clever story. While the gruesomeness is definitely almost unbearable, one still wants to find out why the men are trapped in this damn room, or at least how they gonna get out. And I remember while I was guessing, I was confronted with an extremely twisted and stunning conclusion that was jaw dropping. It’s like an amazing pilot for a promising series. Even part two and three are especially story wise very smart, and now we know why: James Wan – the genius who has brought us The Conjuring and Insidious – was involved in it. He directed part one, and was executive producer for the rest of the franchise. In my opinion the first three parts are the best ones, and even though the remaining four are equally good when it comes to plot connections to the previous ones, but I felt like it turned into a big ole’ gore fest with very little meaning to it. This kind of torture theme has been copied many times, but hasn’t been successful in execution, quality or story. So, if you don’t mind gore and appreciate clever plot, you have to watch Saw.