• Saw (2004)


Release Date: October 29th, 2004

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2005

R |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

Photographer Adam Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) and oncologist Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) regain consciousness while chained to pipes at either end of a filthy bathroom. As the two men realize they've been trapped by a sadistic serial killer nicknamed "Jigsaw" and must complete his perverse puzzle to live, flashbacks relate the fates of his previous victims. Meanwhile, Dr. Gordon's wife (Monica Potter) and young daughter (Makenzie Vega) are forced to watch his torture via closed-circuit video.

Cast: Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Tobin Bell, Ken Leung, Makenzie Vega, Shawnee Smith

Director: James Wan

Genres: Thriller , Horror

Production Co: Evolution Entertainment

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Police station , Investigation , Mystery , Hospital , Daughter , Escape , 2000s , Doctor , Wife , Police officer

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Robert K. ElderChicago Tribune

    Wan's tense, grisly cinematic morsel won't go down easy. But once it hits bottom, Saw is oddly satisfying, though the gag reflex never entirely goes away. show more

  • 70
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Boasts an undeniably original premise and clever plot machinations that lift it several notches above the usual slasher film level. show more

  • 50
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film is a squeamish exercise, like watching a cruel child pull the wings off flies - especially the climactic scene, which is so gory it would turn a coyote's stomach. show more

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