Every so often a movie or book comes along that makes you go, "Wow! This is new!" When SAW first came out in 2004, my original reaction was just that. I could not believe the visual impact the film had on me. For most of the movie, you're watching two men captured in a small dirty bathroom trying to figure a way out. Not such a visual enticement, but...
Then, it gets graphic. And I mean graphic! I've actually decided to use sketches because I want to keep the blog age friendly. Everything from jaw ripping metal masks to fishing through human organs to hacking off body parts with a rusty...you guessed it...saw. We are talking NOT kid appropriate AT ALL.
Hey, wait, you say, I thought this was something new and gore isn't new. No, it isn't. But, it's a large part of the movie so I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it. What was new, at the time, was the storytelling in the form of a game. Puzzles that the viewer has to unravel along with the characters. I can't tell you the thrill of trying to unmask the killer as the movie progressed and the TWIST!!! NEVER SAW IT COMING - pun intended.
I pride myself on figuring out stories - movies and books - sometimes before I even pick up the first page or the film begins. (My writing partner, Yelena, can tell you all about how I took great pleasure in spoiling Breaking Dawn. Ha! Saw it coming a mile away.) Much like Dr. House, I'm a puzzle addict, so SAW piqued my interest from the get go, and when I couldn't determine the ending...BRILLIANT!
If you haven't seen this movie, you're in for a real treat. The sequels also don't disappoint, for the most part. Although, I haven't seen the 3D one yet. Heard it wasn't so good, but I'll reserve judgement. They're also several "game" or "puzzle" style horror movies that emerged since the SAW movies hit it big. But, nothing I've seen so far has measured up to this film.