Saw

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Saw is a 2004 independent American horror film directed by James Wan.  Saw contains a theme that is heavily reliant on morality and karma.  In the film, two detectives try to unveil the Jigsaw killer, a unique serial killer that sets his victims up in traps, or “games”, that they are able to escape, but only in a way that induces great physical harm.  His victims, though, are only those who have committed wrongs against society.  The first movie of its seven part franchise introduce a terrifying scenario in which two men, Adam and Lawrence, are chained to two different corners of a dimly lit bathroom, with no key.  In between them, a corpse lays with a gun in its hand and a microcassette, which reveals to Adam and Lawrence that they have to figure out how to get out of their situation based on Jigsaw’s vague instructions.  Throughout the film, Adam and Lawrence work together to free themselves, but also run into tense situations in which they lose each others’ trust, sometimes causing disturbing results.  The director, James Wan, made each moment of Adam and Lawrence’s intense struggle stand out as he implemented up-close camera shots focusing on points of interest and their faces.  Although it was an independent movie, Saw created a huge fanbase and a largely successful franchise.  The puppet of the main antagonist of the series, Jigsaw, is one of the most iconic horror figures in modern cinema.

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