Monday, April 25, 2005

Friday Evening with the Movie "Saw"

Whoa! Where did this movie come from? And why did it take me so long to see it? Saw is one of the most frightening movies I've seen in a while and an example of how scary (and disturbing) the exploration of human depravity can be. There was nothing supernatural about this movie, just a memorable madman in the vein of Kevin Spacey in Se7en (To me, though, too much of a comparison with Se7en would be overblown -- like saying The Exorcist and The Shining were the same movie because they both had a small child in them). Saw has everything: a great plot with a twist; a good cast, led by a Cary Elwes in a sewer-like world a long way from that of Wesley in The Princess Bride; and a director with a knack for keeping the audience guessing. I would recommend this movie to all horror fans, but some of the rest of you might find the movie a little disturbing. The violence gets relatively graphic (only relatively because given the subject matter there could have been some pretty gruesome scenes), but it's more the horrible situations that the movie seems to delight in putting people in that some viewers, such as my wife, will find disturbing. This is a dark, dark movie that strangles all hope. You've been warned.

Now go and check it out!


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