common sense

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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More grisly than scary; not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is the stuff of nightmares, even if the inured horror aficionado might not find it scary. The images of torture and death are brutal and explicit, lingering in mind long after the movie ends. There are multiple on-screen deaths, a child's life is threatened, characters die, a father is forced to make terrible decisions to protect his family, and there are no scenes free of peril. There are references to suicide, adultery, drug addiction, madness, and self-mutilation. There is strong language, and characters smoke. Underlying the killer's motive is the notion that everyone deserves to be tortured and that there are no innocents.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the killer's motivation, whether the deaths are consistent with that motive, and what the characters might have done differently. They also might wish to talk about the resonance (or lack thereof) of movies where characters face death and re-evaluate their lives and priorities. Do Lawrence or Adam become more appealing characters as you know them better and as their fate looks bleaker? Do their choices become clearer as they reassess their priorities? What do you think the "right" life would be like so as not to attract the killer's attention?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Audience Reviews

3 stars

img]] Saw is a difficult film to review. Though the plot is intriguing as well as, a gleefully perfect set up for fans of gore and splatter, it interlocks the flashbacks with the narrative sometimes unclearly and quite forcefully. The characters also are underdeveloped and whilst watching Saw your sometimes unsure whether or not your supposed care about them. The direction is also perfectly fine, but definitely not perfect. However the art direction is brilliant, and possibly the most precise and visually creative for a horror film in years, there's a genuine mix of shocks from the kills and plenty of scenes with suspense. But there is a lack of atmosphere through out, sometimes it gets repetitive and feels too long but it's saved by the inventiveness of the violence that really makes you think the film makers are twisted. That said, I think it's fairly weak on a narrative and character level, I dont think it's as original as some people suggest it is, and it definetely lacks emotional involvement. But as a fan of gut-churningly gory horror movies I enjoyed it for the most part. But all the sequels after this one, as expected with horror franchises, the whole thing goes downhill.

- aquateen2, Tuesday, July 3, 2012

5 stars

A very smart tale of five men who are involved with Jigsaw's game (Adam, Dr. Gordon, Tapp, Pigman, and Jigsaw himself. The ending is sad, insane, and fantastic, but a little bit unrealistic, dido with the intro. How could a man lay motionless for nearly 2 hours, and how can a guy hold his breath so long while underwater? The ending really lives up to the name of the movie, with the famous lines "He doesn't want us to saw through the chains... he wants us to saw through our feet!" The plot is extremely emotional, and the acting is good, but the thing that people say is the "main theme" to this movie, is the gore. Gore this and gore that, this movie is a gore galore... not. There is hardly any gore (believe it or not, but blood, too!) in the whole movie! Most of the violence is off-screen, and, although realistic and plays along with gruesome sound effects, it the violence in this movie is a 7-8/10 with it. People just think the Saw series is all about the gore, they just don't know what there missing. But the one thing that really makes me angry is the fact that critics hate this movie JUST because they say it's "too" violent. What about movies like Saving Private Ryan, The Thing, Se7en, Silence of the Lambs, or... most movies? They get so much applause from critics, despite the fact that they're extremely gory. Please, I could probably watch this movie while eating a burrito. Great movie, though a bit unrealistic. There are some plot holes, but it all ties up in the other movies. Can't wait to see Saw ll. This is a series that hardcore horror fans WILL love!

- fb100002090596996, Saturday, September 24, 2011