Theatrical Release: October 29, 2004


In this horror film, Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) and a young man named Adam (Leigh Whannell) awaken to find themselves chained to pipes in a filthy, abandoned bathroom. Between them is a dead man with a gun in one hand and a cassette player in the other. And in each of their pockets is a tape with a message from their abductor, who has pitted them against one another in a “game” and watches from hidden camcorders. Dr. Gordon’s goal is to kill Adam or allow his wife (Monica Potter) and daughter (Makenzie Vega) to be killed, while Adam receives a pair of handsaws that he must use or die. But the saws will not cut his chains. They will only work on his legs. As Adam and Dr. Gordon struggle to survive, Detective Tapp (Danny Glover) is on their abductor’s trail and must solve the mystery before someone does the unthinkable.

Dove Review

I just saw “Saw”. If you would see what I just saw, you would see insight into the writer’s (James Wan and Leigh Whannel) insane perverted brilliance. I can’t see how these guys come up with the most outrageous, gory, and sick scripts.

Why it isn’t family friendly: There is almost too much to mention. The extreme violence and sick nature of the theme of the film is certainly a good place to start. There is a lot of blood and sick things the criminal makes his victims do. Also, there is way too much unecessary vulgar, obscene and profane language.

What makes Saw interesting: I thought I had this film figured out at the very beginning, right when I saw the guy, I said to myself, he did it. So, as a result of this arrogance, I was bored through most of the film thinking that I had it all figured out. Stupid me. There is a fantastic, brilliant twist in this film. The only problem is that you have to sit through blood and gore to see it. This writing, while sick, because I can’t believe they can think this stuff up, is tremendously well thought out and extremely interesting in the end. Danny Glover plays a cop, Detective Tapp, who is consumed by this unsolved case. He has seen his partner killed by this sicko, and was almost killed himself. Cary Elwes, (Princess Bride, Robin Hood Men in Tights) played Dr. Lawrence Gordon, a skilled doctor who seems engrossed in his work, but is he really?

This film is definitely not a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Many, Many times. several Hells, a couple of G_D's, over 20 F-words and some other crude and obscene remarks.
Violence: Oh yes! Men shot with blood splattering. Man lying on floor in a pool of his own blood, mans throat is cut, man saws off foot, man is burned to death, man is cut up by wire until dead
Drugs: Smoking
Nudity: None
Occult: None


Company: Lionsgate
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Dave Lukens