This week, I came across the film SAW (2004). I remember watching this film when it came out and thinking it was brilliant, but after watching Saw IV, I was not impressed with the series at all. I decided to give it another shot, and start from the beginning of the series.
Upon starting the film, I felt like I was immediately thrust back into the world of jigsaw again. While looking at the screen, I note that I feel like the dingy bathroom prison the characters are in is an extension of my living room television. The messed up psychotic messages of the antagonist are what really brings me into the film. The idea of people having to go through hardship and sacrifice to save themselves is terrifying!
Analyzing the thought processes of the characters, it seems that the antagonist of the film is making them grateful for life when he is finished with them. This appears to me as a twisted form of Stockholm syndrome, where although they live in fear of their captor, they cannot help but to thank him. This film should appeal to horror movie junkies or anyone who enjoys an intense brain bender. Breaking down the target audience, I find it hard to understand the demographic the filmmakers and studio were going for. I suppose their goal was anybody who can stomach the sights over the age of 18.
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