Saw ★★★★

Great execution of a good premise. I dont think it would work so perfectly if it wasn't for Leigh Whannel and James Wan being such a great team. Whannel's writing is smart, bringing an interesting concept to life while never forgetting that the audience doesn't need their hand held. He knows we are just as smart as him, yet he doesn't try to outsmart us. He just takes us along on an engaging mystery.
Wan's direction compliments this with a mixture of voyeuristic and intimate shots, giving us the perspective of the villain, but more importantly putting us in Adam and Gordon's shoes. I personally think Adam and Gordon arent the most likeable characters but the situation they are in, with the intimate atmosphere, makes them incredibly relatable. Without that, I dont know if it would be so engaging.

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