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SawI’m not a big fan of thrillers, but I do love a good horror film once and a while. In Saw, you get a little of both, some truly sick situations and a little bit of a guessing game as to who is the killer. I won’t give away the ending, but at least for me it did surprise me.

The story starts out with two guys that are chained in what appears to be a dirty and abandoned industrial bathroom. As they begin to relate to each other, the pieces of a relationship develop. It seems that they are being held captive by the Jigsaw killer, a crazy maniac that likes to challenge people to kill each other. Did I mention that these two guys woke up to find each other in chains and that there is a dead body bleeding on the floor between them? Well it’s there.

The main character turns out to be a successful doctor who is not particularly very happy in life. we learn that his wife and daughter are being held captive, and that a cop, played by Danny Glover, is obsessed with him and thinks he is the jigsaw killer. Eventually this all leads to plenty of flashback scenes and some scary moments here and there.

Saw has a great opening premise and tries to out do the previous classic Seven, but it falls way short. It’s characters are not very likable, it’s killer is not all that engaging like Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs, and even with actors like Glover, the film just seems empty and devoid of real depth. It’s another movie that shows you a cool What If?, but never really makes you care enough about the characters to really engage your sympathies. It’s an average film.

The DVD includes some cool packaging and there is a nice DTS soundtrack included. Overall it is a well produced DVD release.

3 out 5 stars

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