MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -4

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. Gordons 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 abductors trail and must solve the mystery before someone does the unthinkable.

Saw is a sickening tribute to the depraved mind. The victims are those who have gone astray morally, but the film has no redeeming qualities and merely glorifies and dwells on some of the most utterly evil behavior imaginable. Granted, this is a horror film and the people who go expect to be scared, but it would be difficult for all but the most desensitized viewer to not be traumatized by the graphic and sadistic violence in this film. The characters undergo hellish torment and torture. They are pawns in a satanic game in which the goals are physical, emotional and psychological pain and ultimately death. This is not merely a portrayal of evil. It is, instead, an expression of Romans 1:30, which describes sinful humanity as inventors of evil. Preview strongly urges that you avoid this film. No one needs to dwell on the evil things invented by man.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Lions Gate

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (7) times mild (hell 2, damn 1); moderate (b-stard 1); strong (-ss 1, SOB 2)

Obscene Language: Many (35) times moderate (cr-p 1, other 1); strong (f-word 23, s-word 10)

Profanity: Several (5) times moderate (OMG 1); strong (GD 1, J 1, JC 2)

Violence: Many times strong (woman kills a man with a knife in stomach and removes guts, man beaten to death, mans throat sliced, man shot at close range, woman and child held against their will and threatened, man shown after having shot himself in the head, various other extremely gory and sadistic torture methods and aftermath shown on-screen)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times mild (woman begins to undress but is stopped before revealing herself)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times strong (obscene reference to a mans extramarital affairs, obscene reference to prostitution and multiple sexual partners)

Drugs: Few times mild (use of cigarettes, references to illegal drug use and addiction)

Other: Graphic depiction of a severely depraved and sadistic murderer who forces his victims to do much of the killing themselves

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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