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Rotten: Its hellish extremes more oppressive than entertaining.
- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 29, 2004
Fresh: Terrifying at some moments and insinuatingly creepy at many others.
- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, October 29, 2004
Fresh: An ingenious machine for inducing terror, rage, and paralyzing unease.
- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, October 29, 2004
Apart from the many plot holes, I think this is decent gore film.
- Raajay, Saturday, January 4, 2014
SAW is in no way your average serial killer horror movie. In a certain sense, it is a unique blend of the crime and horror genres, with an added pinch of what could easily pass for a twisted reality TV program. This film may be grisly more often than not, but it should never be considered a mere slasher. (There is a decent plot here, after all.) What brings SAW down to being just fine is the fact that it can(TM)t help but to unintentionally elicit laughter from its audience. Hmm, that looks like a spooky place they woke up in. Wait a moment"why did Adam just plunge his hand into the toilet? Why(TM)s there a toilet there to begin with? And that puppetwhy(TM)s he riding a tricycle? Some scenes just leave no question as to why the people behind the SCARY MOVIE series decided to spoof this.
- spielberg00, Saturday, March 3, 2012
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