Saturday, October 02, 2004


I seen it

Director: James Wan
Cast: Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Leigh Whannell, Dina Meyer, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, Ken Leung

Tagline: “Every piece has a puzzle”, “Every puzzle has its pieces”

It hasn’t been a good few years for serial killers. With everyone now more afraid of the maniacal actions of terrorists or under qualified world leaders, there’s no more room under our bed for bogeymen, boogeymen or Hannibal wannabes with pathetic excuses for carrying out elaborate murders on average people. This year has seen some of the genre’s silliest fare yet, with Ben Kingsley’s serial killer-killer in Suspect Zero and Jim Caviezal uttering the immortal lines “His headlights are like his eyes… One of them doesn’t work” in The Highwaymen. Remarkably, Saw’s trailer promises to outdo both of these for sheer moronic thrills.
After a promisingly claustrophobic opening act in a dingy bathroom, our two trapped victims slowly grasping the severity of their rather grisly predicament, the first flashbacks start. From here the film instantly decides to alienate any non-teenagers with a stream of spinning camera whirls, fast motion blurts and a videogamey industrial-lite soundtrack from Nine Inch Nails’ Charlie Clouser, all more reminiscent of Chris Morris’ Brass Eye Paedophile Special than anything by David Fincher. The plot itself hops from Seven to The Game and back via a couple of X-Files and Twilight Zones.
Kudos go to Cary Elwes (Robin Hood: Men in Tights), who delivers perhaps the most unintentionally funny dramatic performance in cinema since the Matrix Revolutions. His character’s gradual transformation from a ho-hum doctor straight outta Pleasantville to a furious, blubbering Will Ferrell-esque drama queen had the audience roaring with laughter, and the dialogue between him and Danny Glover’s insane policeman attains an almost Lynchian weirdness. All in all, the proceedings are very entertaining and if you like villains who belong in batman comics, scary puppets on tricycles, “reverse bear traps” and at least three more plot twists than are necessary, you’ll certainly see Saw with childish glee (no pun intended).

Summary in Haiku form:
Use your belt you fool
I thought you were a doctor


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