Wan’s directorial debut arrives with so much hype surrounding it that nothing in this horror film could ever be as shocking as the realization of just how undeserved that buzz actually is. Not only is this serial-killer tale far from original (for starters, it borrows bits from David Fincher’s Seven
and any number of Danny Glover’s trademark cop films), but it also contains some of the most abysmal acting – courtesy of the Dread Pirate Roberts himself, Cary Elwes – this side of a Herschell Gordon Lewis gag fest. The film, decidedly ambitious though it may well be, is hardly the opening salvo on a new, harder, more ghastly stream of horror filmmaking. Saw
has its moments, and most of them are brutal in the extreme, but ultimately it’s one tremendous misfire that will either leave you laughing or, possibly, gagging. Read a full review of Saw.