The Jigsaw Killer, as the serial killer is known, sets himself up as God in this universe, and people are expected to play by his rules. He is the ultimate judge. The motivation given to the serial killer is that he is dying, which has given him a unique perspective and appreciation for life.

(2004) Film Review

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Click to enlargeDirected by James Wan
Story by James Wan
Screenplay by Leigh Whannell

Cast (in alphabetical order)
Tobin Bell .... John
Cary Elwes .... Dr. Gordon
Danny Glover .... Tapp
Ken Leung .... Sing
Dina Meyer .... Criminologist
Monica Potter .... Diana
Shawnee Smith .... Amanda
Leigh Whannell .... Adam

Produced by
Lark Bernini .... associate producer
Peter Block .... executive producer
Mark Burg .... producer
Jason Constantine .... executive producer
Daniel J. Heffner .... co-producer
Gregg Hoffman .... producer
Oren Koules .... producer
Richard H. Prince .... co-producer
Stacey Testro .... executive producer

Original Music by Charlie Clouser
Cinematography by David A. Armstrong
Film Editing by Kevin Greutert

MPAA: Rated R for strong grisly violence and language. (edited for re-rating; originally NC-17)
Runtime: USA:100 min

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Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his/her life, or else die trying... A young man named Adam (Whannell) 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 (Elwes). Between them is a dead man lying in a pool of blood, holding a .38 in his hand. Neither man knows why he has been abducted; but instructions left on a microcassette, order Dr. Gordon to kill Adam within eight hours. If he fails to do so, then both men will die, and Dr. Gordon's wife, Alison (Potter), and his daughter will be killed. Recalling a recent murder investigation by a police detective named Tapp (Glover), Dr. Gordon realizes he and Adam are the next victims of a psychopathic genius known only as "Jigsaw." With only a few hours left to spare, they must unravel the elaborate puzzle of their fate in the midst of mounting terror. The killer has provided them with only a few clues and two handsaws – too weak to break their steel shackles, but strong enough to cut through flesh and bone...
Click to go to Maurice's BlogReview by MAURICE BROADDUS

Click to enlarge"How can you walk through life pretending that you're happy?" That is the question that apparently only a serial killer can help you answer. Such is the premise of the movie Saw. Saw is either a cynical look at a moral(less) universe or a cynical look at a moral(less) God. The movie sets itself up as Seven meets Phone Booth, being about judgment, atonement, and redemption.

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Click to go to Mike's BlogReview by MIKE FURCHES

Click to enlargeOn the surface, SAW is a movie many will consider a horror film. Deeper though, deeper in its intent, SAW is something that many great horror films represent: exploration into self and the realization that we all have weaknesses that we need to work on. While other movies do this, the total horror of the extreme consequences we face is shown in the darkest of ways through the films in the Horror genre.

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