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Saw, 2004

Saw
Directed by: James Wan
Written by: Leigh Whannell
Language:  English
Country:  USA, Australia
Runtime:  103 min
MPAA Rating:  NC-17
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Saw can be described as scary, rough, and suspenseful. The plot revolves around captivity, isolation, and mind games. The main genres are independent, horror, and thriller. In terms of style, Saw involves twists and turns and is gory. In approach, it is serious and realistic. It is set, at least in part, indoors. Saw takes place in contemporary times. It is based on a short film. The movie has received attention for being controversial and an award winner. Saw is well suited for a boys' night and teens. Note that it involves strong violent content and profanity.

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Michael Emerson and Cary Elwes in Saw (2004)
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Be prepared to be scared. James Wan's directorial debut, written by and starring Leigh Whannell, is... more

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Language: English
Country: USA, Australia
Release date: 11 August 2005
Runtime: 103 min

Cast and Crew

Cary Elwes Cary Elwes As Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Leigh Whannell Leigh Whannell As Adam
Monica Potter Monica Potter As Alison Gordon
Danny Glover Danny Glover As Detective David Tapp
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Entertainment Weekly
Saw is a gristle-cut B psycho thriller that would like to tap the sickest corners of your imagination. It has a few moments of nightmare creepiness, but it's also derivative and messy and too nonsensical for its own good.
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by: Owen Gleiberman
San Francisco Chronicle
The slasher scenes, though relatively few, are amazingly evocative for such a low-budget movie.
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Users Reviews

excellent , un chef d'oeuvre rempli d'ingéniosité et une fin surprenante comme jamais !
28.December.2013 |  by: Menstor
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05.October.2011 |  by: leegedang
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leegedang rated this title
I really wanted for this to be a 5 star movie. It just falls short. The idea is great, but there are some pieces of the story that are just too annoying for me to get past. Typical..."Why is this girl looking in the closet" type stuff. I won't spoil...
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09.October.2009 |  by: Matt
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Matt rated this title
If nothing else, Saw had an interesting premise and a strong beginning. Right off the bat, we see two men in a grimy, disgusting bathroom. They're both chained to pipes on the walls and have no idea what they're doing in the bathroom or how they got...
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09.October.2009 |  by: Ethan Clapham
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A young man named Adam wakes to find himself chained to a rusty pipe inside a decrepit subterranean chamber. Chained to the opposite side of the room is another bewildered captive, Dr. Lawrence Gordon. Between them is a dead man lying in a pool of...
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07.October.2009 |  by: Petri33
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Petri33 rated this title
Saw is a decent psychological horror movie that held my attention from beginning to end. However the plot and execution left a bit to be desired. The plot device has been used before in more effective titles (Cube, Cube 2 and Cube Zero) and the gore...
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25.March.2009 |  by: Jon
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Jon rated this title
Saw was a great screenplay and original movie idea, had just the right amount of gore for a horror move, but had some serious acting issues. The premise is basically that a serial killer has chained up two men in a large bathroom and tells them that...
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23.March.2009 |  by: Jason
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Jason rated this title
Ignore that there are now four, maybe five sequels to this movie and enjoy a good thriller with a story a little bit over the top, if that's your cup of tea. The movie is genuinely interesting and the many twists make up for 100 minutes of simple,...
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21.March.2009 |  by: Carlos Mal
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Carlos Mal rated this title
Saw
While not brilliantly acted, acting is not always a horror film's strongest point. Clever lil plot, and an interesting take on the genre with no heavy reliance on gore, just sadistic devices. Michael Emerson is always a joy to watch.
13.March.2009 |  by: Liam
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man oh man
what a movie... one of the best horror flicks I've seen in years... very clever and keeps you on the edge of your seat. and the ending is just tattooed in my mind... if you're a fan of the genre you'll definitely enjoy this one.
14.August.2008 |  by: seinfeld
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