Saw Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of one my favorite film franchises, SAW. A low-budget film that took the horror genre by storm and spawned 6 sequels. It’s also sort of responsible for the genre shift into more grotesque torture horror for a while. Let me be clear, the saw series isn’t necessarily that good. I think it does a lot of things right that make you overlook and accept its short comings. The saw movies do a good job of establishing a continued world, the world of the jigsaw killer. Each movie isn’t a random off shoot capitalizing off the style and name of the franchise. Your constantly gaining insight and learning about previous instalments from the new ones. I recently went to watch the 10 anniversary showing of the film and I still love it, so here is my review 10 years late but better than never.

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Saw follows the story of a serial killer nicknamed by the police as Jiggsaw. Accept that technically he is not a killer at all. Jiggsaw actually gets his victims to kill themselves. He accomplishes this by placing them in elaborate games themed around a deadly trap. If the victim can solve trap they will live, but it usually comes to great cost like physical pain or even another person’s life. The motivations aren’t exactly clear for Jiggsaw, but he accuses all the victims of taking life for granted. He views his games as therapy in a lot of ways. If they survive his game, they will have a deeper appreciation for being alive , and if they fail.. they don’t deserve to be alive anyway.

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Let’s roll the tape : The Chronicles of Riddick Saga

When David Twohy wrote Pitch Black, I’m sure he didn’t imagine a trilogy would come out of it. Truthfully I think all Twohy wanted to do was write a good action horror movie. That action horror genre began to get a little stale in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. The horror genre was in the middle of shifting to more supernatural and/or gore that dominated the 2000s. David Twohy had a very simple story in its premise, the creature that go bump in the night. Vicious creatures who see in the dark. The premise isn’t really original but Twohy had the foresight to add an X-factor to the equation. The most famous character he’ll probably ever write, Riddick. An ex-con who has special eye-sight that allows him to see in the dark.

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It wouldn’t be a stretch to see the influences Twohy took for the Riddick character: An ex-soilder, pilot, mercenary, wise cracking bad ass. More than anything Twohy wanted Riddick to be cool, the kind of cool the late 90s would respond too, and he was right. Pitch Black was a movie filmed on a modest budget and despite mixed reviews did exceptionally well in the box office. This is often how low-budget horror films work, you can probably set your watch too it now. Low budget horror films find success with audiences: The Blair Witch project , Saw , The Purge. I want to say, low-budget allows for a better concentration of the narrative. However, all low-budget films don’t receive the kind of love that the horror genre tends to enjoy.  The Chronicles of Riddick Saga is good example of how you can expand a franchise out of the horror/action genre for better and worse.

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Old Boy’s

For my very first post, I’m going to review two versions of the same story. We’re going to be taking a peek at OLD BOY.

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The original Old Boy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller. It is actually the second movie of a trilogy of films by Director Park Chan-wook. It was a critical success , and we all know what critical foreign success means. Yes, thats right.. the inevitable american remake. This 2013 film is given to us by the courtesy of permanent NY Knicks tear collector Spike Lee.

The general story involves a man, who is kidnapped and impressed for 15+ years.  This prison is designed like a hotel room, there are no windows.. just a rotating painting of scenery to reflect night and day.  He is given no explaination as to why he is imprisoned.  All he has to keep himself occupied is a TV and paper in which to write.  Through a TV report he learns that he has been framed for the murder of his wife, and his daughter is now an orphan.  He spends much of the time in confinement planning an escape and preparing himself physically and mentally to get vengeance on his captor.  Right before his plan to escape he is suddenly released.  He is given the instructions that he has a few days to figure out two questions from his captor.  1. Who Am I ?  2. Why did I imprison you for 15 years?.  If he doesn’t solve the mystery in time, people he cares for will be killed.  If he does figure it out, his captor promises to kill himself as a reward.

Some spoilers below, but i wont ruin the big ones.

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