SAW: Is this all it takes to become a cult film?
I've finally managed to sit down and watch SAW - a film that had me excited from the moment that the original theatrical trailer hit and all I can say is that the wait was definitely not worth it. SAW comes at a time when we're far too bogged down with awful PG-13 rated movies so in some respects it comes away clean (marginally), though it isn't a horror film in as many respects. Still, this little thriller is perhaps one of the dumbest movies I've seen during the past year. I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters and why they were put into their predicament; neither could I give a toss about "Jigsaw's" motives. I might have felt a little more lenient had the film had some sense of style about it, instead we're subjected to some of the most insipid direction to have graced our screens this year. Have you ever seen those "scary" heavy rock videos, the kind Slipknot and Marilyn Manson make? This is essentially what director James Wan has given us. Sorry but cranked up, shaky shots and jilted editing don't make a stylish or scary film, at least when you have no creativity. Adrian Lyne put these effects to better use 15 years ago with Jacob's Ladder. Adding insult to injury is a terrible script with poor performances coming from actors who can do so much better. The film has such a promising concept and the little puppet guy is kind of interesting but all the most effective bits are sparsely used and in the end wasted. I'm going to stop now because I'm mad.
SAW 2 is out soon, September in fact, they sure did get that one churned out quickly. Yea I'll see it I'm sure but I won’t hold my breath over it being any good.