Caitlin Grey (foenix) wrote,
Caitlin Grey

From the Ashes Movie Reviews: Saw

Oooh, reviews are back! Until I'm distracted by something shiny...

"See Saw"

It's not just a bad pun, it's a good idea!

Well, if you're looking for a decent suspense thriller mystery film, that is.

The movie starts you off with a jolt, dropping you right into a darkened room, a dilapidated, abandoned bathroom, where two men who don't know each other have woken up, discovered they're chained to the pipework, with a dead body laying between them.

The mystery of how they got there, why they're there, and how they're going to get out lies at the core of the movie, and unfolds slowly through flashbacks, and by the two characters slowly working their way out of their mutual problem.

The casting and acting is pretty good for a film of this nature, and only gets a bit rickety towards the end of the movie, but is otherwise solid stuff, which I'd expect no less from Danny Glover, Cary Elwes, and Tobin Bell, with a brief few minutes from my personal fave, Dina Meyer.

Hey, we've got Robin Hood (Without his English accent), Officer Murtaugh, and Batgirl. How can you go wrong? By having Dina Meyer in it for all of five minutes, if that...but I digress. ;)

Well, by hiring an editor that seemed to have escaped from the MTV school of flashy quick edits, that get old very quick.

The characters also aren't the most original, but if you allow yourself to sit back and get drawn into their dilema, this is definitely an enjoyable film. The twist at the end doesn't come completely out of nowhere, makes sense, and left me kicking myself for not seeing it sooner, rather than scratching my head and wondering "WTF?"

I picked this over the other big movies out now mainly because it's going to disappear from theatres quickly, I think. The Halloween season is fading, and while it's doing ok in the box office, there's a bunch more films on the way, and others already there doing good sales as well. I'd also decided from the early trailers that this was a movie I had to go see. It's been awhile since I've had a good thriller to sit through.

I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 brocolli people, mostly brought down by little annoyances that mounted up in my mind.


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