Movie Review: Saw I, II and III

Posted on January 30, 2007

SawThe trilogy is complete and I loved every minute of it. For those that don’t know, the Saw franchise is a horror franchise. Yes, a horror franchise. I know what you’re thinking and no the films are not gory-for-no-reason horror films like you’re used to. The Saw films are actually quite intelligent and well put together (and are also very gory - you’ve been warned).

The first Saw film is the best of the series which is usually the case with most trilogies. What I loved about the first Saw film was that the writer and director were forced to come up with a movie that didn’t cost a lot of money so they thought they would write and produce a film that took place essentially in one room. The film that came out of this low budget situation was incredibly done. The plot was intricate, the pacing was great and the puzzle was mind blowing. The film also had a message, which in horror films is rare, and the message was that you should not take your life for granted.

The next film in the series carried on many of the same traits but was definitely done with a larger budget. That said, I was pleasantly surprised after I watched Saw II. The filmmakers didn’t let success get to them and they put together another solid film that brought us deeper into Jigsaw’s warped mind (Jigsaw is the mastermind in the films). They also broke out some more fascinating “traps” (the devices Jigsaw uses to get people to appreciate their lives or die trying).

When Saw III came up on the radar I was still a little unsure these guys could pull off another engrossing film but they did. As I said above, the first movie was the best by far but Saw III certainly tied up some loose ends and capped off the trilogy nicely. You were able to learn more about Jigsaw and his helper Amanda as well and how their relationship had progressed throughout the films.

The Saw films are completely fascinating and I hope you won’t let the gore factor stop you from watching them. They are a treat in terms of cinemaotography, creativity, writing and acting and you’ll no doubt find yourself trying to piece together the puzzles Jigsaw lays out before it’s too late. I don’t think you’ll make it though. They are some tough puzzles to crack. Just be happy you’re not really in the game.

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  1. jess October 14, 2007 4:35 am

    I think saw is 1 of the best movies ever made and i cant wait for more