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April 27, 2010

Director: James Wan
Screenplay: Leigh Whannell  
Producers: Gregg Hoffman/Mark Burg/Oren Koules 
Starring: Leigh Whannell/Cary Elwes/Danny Glover/Shawnee Smith/Tobin Bell 
Year: 2004
Country: US/Australia
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 103 minutes

With a dead body resting between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed "Jigsaw" by the police because of his unusual calling card. Given six hours, a hacksaw, and a bullet, the two men try to figure out a way to freedom. Hot on Jigsaw’s trail is Detective David Tapp, an equally insane cop who was once the victim of Jigsaw’s evil scheme.

Live or die, make your choice!

Based on a short film of the same name, Saw is now known as one of the most successful horror movies known to date. The story was very gripping and cleverly written and you couldn’t wait to see what Jigsaw had up his sleeve, the characters were brilliant as the movie focused mainly on Lawrence and Adam who were played by the very talented Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell. The acting was brilliant and the cast made you believe their characters and the one scene that stood out to me was Amanda’s Reverse Bear Trap with a brilliant performance from Shawnee Smith. The direction was fantastic and the cinematography was brilliant as it kept that eerie feeling that you weren’t really safe. The script was cleverly written and the ending was such a surprise and it wasn’t obvious which I love in a movie. The special effects were great and it doesn’t let up on the blood or gore so if you’re squeamish, you might not want to see this. 

Saw is one of the best horror movies I have seen for quite a while now and I think that it’s brilliant. Everything from the music to the story is a scary thought and it manages to keep the realism that so many horror movies lack. I liked seeing the characters interact and working as a team to try and figure out and escape from the situation they were in. I believe that Saw is a very cleverly written and very gory horror movie with many twists and turns to keep you interested in the movie. Any movie fan who likes either a good story with twists or bloody and gory scare scenes would love this film. Armed with a clever story and script, a few good scares and a great ending, Saw really raises the bar for horror movies out there. For me, I am an official Saw fan and I will be reviewing the others.

I really enjoyed watching this, I thought it was absolutely brilliant and is definitely one to watch alone in the dark!

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