SAW (2004)

saw-1-2004 I’m writing about a movie I recently watched that I didn’t think I’d like but It turns out I loved it. The movie is SAW, it came out in 2004 and it was directed by James Wan. SAW was an independent horror film filmed on a low budget. I never thought I would have liked SAW because from the name and from what I heard about the film. I thought it would just be a blood and gut show with no plot. I was very surprised about how wrong I was when I finally watched this movie. It is now easily one of my favourite horror movies along with psycho. I wanted to make my first blog post about this movie because it is so misunderstood and so are the SAW franchise fans. Saw may have some bloody and gruesome scenes but the movies are about pushing human nature and seeing how far people will go to stay alive or save their family’s.

The first movie is filmed almost entirely inside of an old abandoned washroom underground. The movie starts with two men waking up chained by one of their legs to the wall on either sides of the room with a dead body in the middle. They must figure out why they are there and how to escape. The killer has left tapes with clues recorded on them for the hostages to listen to. They find out that Gordon (one of the hostages) must kill Adam (the other hostage) In order to be freed before the timer runs out. If Gordon fails to kill Adam in time then they both die along with Gordon’s wife and daughter who are being held as hostages elsewhere. There are 2 very weak rusted saws in the room. One near to Adam and one next to Gordon. Adam fiercely try’s to saw through his chain but the saw quickly breaks. The killer Jigsaw gives Gordon an easy way to kill Adam by giving him a regular cigarette and a poisonous cigarette and telling him to give the poisonous one to Adam. Gordon instead tells Adam to pretend to die and tosses him the normal cigarette. This plan fails because the killer shocks Adam through the chain attached to his leg and Adam jumps up. When the timer runs out Gordon gets a call from his wife saying “gameover” followed by the sounds of bullets going off. Gordon then snaps and starts to saw through his own leg to free himself. Adam watches in horror and then Gordon craws over to Adam and tells him he’s going to find help (scene in the picture Gordon left and Adam right) and then drags himself out the door. This was my favourite scene because it was so emotional. Gordon a normal everyday man snapping and doing something he didn’t think he was capable of in an attempt to save a loved one. Then you see Adam and he is terrified to watch a man saw his own body part off with no pain killers then craw towards him. At this point Gordon is not Gordon anymore and Adam should be scared because if he could do that to himself what is he coming to do to you? But when Gordon comes over he looks so pale and sick and he holds on to Adam to prop himself up and tells Adam he will save him. Adam looks down but the expression on his face says it all. We can see he’s scared and horrified and crying and just clings to Gordon hoping someone will come back for him. Scared to let go of Gordon in case he is the last face he will ever see. Adam then watches Gordon drags himself away.

I cant say anymore about the film without spoiling it but the movie is full of plot twists and you really get attached to the characters. I would recommend this movie to anyone it really messes with your head and emotions. Another reason why I love this film so much is because it was filmed with such a low budget and still managed to have 7 sequels and be such a hit. Its very inspiring to me because I plan on becoming a director in the future myself.