Sunday, September 19, 2004


Two men wake up in a dingy bathroom lit by flickering neon lights and full of rusty pipes of which they are chained to by the leg . The body of a man with his head blown off and a tape recorder in his hand lies between them. The are chained to the pipes. Welcome to the next stage of the serial killer puzzle film. The writer and director definitely seen all of David Fincher's films. Saw is an amalgamation of Seven, The Game and Panic Room. Throw in a bit of Vincenzo Natali's Cube and you've got yourself about as high-concept of a film as you can get.
I had low expectations going into the film from the trailer, which looked creepy but not particularly original. So, hats off to young pups James Wan and Leigh Wannell for pulling this off with a nice brand of nasty verve.
To go into the story would be to spoil the grungy, gory fun of the whole affair. The movie is about the story, there is little subtext other than the multiple meanings of the title and puzzle of who the killer actually is. The killer wants his victims to appreciate their own life (one gets the feeling that he spies on them for a while and find them taking things for granted), so he gives them Prisoner Dilemmas of the most gruesome type.
Saw doesn't revolutionize or reinvent the genre, but is a solid entry that makes very few missteps.


Blogger grace said...

my husband now wants to go to the toronto film festival because of your blog...

7:59 p.m.  
Blogger Kurt Halfyard said...


Thanks for the compliment! This year was the best festival i've been to in the 6 years I've been going. It was a blast to see 34 (!) films in 10 days. If you are still lurking out there a year from now, come on up and have a blast...I can point you in the direction of the free beer during the fest. It helps keep the mind limber after cinema overkill.

11:52 p.m.  
Blogger grace said...

we'll definitely have to keep that in mind...

did you say free beer? :)

1:12 p.m.  
Blogger Kurt Halfyard said...

I kid you not, the Elgin Theatre ( was giving out Free Beer and mondo junk food before the screenings. I unfortunately dozed a bit during Steamboy due to several rounds prior to the screening.

1:46 p.m.  
Blogger grace said...

holy effin' shite.

i need to go. hehe.

8:35 p.m.  

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