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German title Saw
Switzerland: Saw - Whose blood will flow?
Original title Saw
Country of production USA , Australia
original language English
Publishing year 2004
length approx. 107 minutes
Age rating FSK 18, 16 (abridged version)
Director James Wan
script Leigh Whannell
production Mark Burg
Gregg Hoffman
Oren Koules
music Charlie Clouser
camera David A. Armstrong
cut Kevin Greutert

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Saw II

Saw (. Stealer saw or saw ) is a horror - thriller with significant splatter -elements in 2004 by director James Wan , who together with Leigh Whannell wrote the screenplay. The film is based on a ten-minute short film of the same name from 2003 , in which Whannell and Wan were also primarily involved.


The doctor Dr. Lawrence Gordon and photographer Adam Stanheight wake up in a shabby washroom. They are chained to opposite corners. Between them lies a man covered in blood who appears to have shot himself. At first, neither of them can explain how they got into this situation. However, they gradually find clues that show them a possible way out. In addition, their memory gradually comes back. The situation is explained to the viewer in flashbacks.

It turns out that they are in the hands of a psychopathic serial killer known as Jigsaw (Eng. " Jigsaw / Puzzle"; Eng. Jigsaw puzzle , "Puzzlespiel"). He brings his victims into life-threatening situations and mostly uses mechanical devices to torture their victims . The victims can only avert their impending death by physically injuring themselves or others, including fatally. You will be watched by Jigsaw.

Through a tip from Jigsaw, Lawrence and Adam discover two saws in a cistern. They do not receive any further instructions for using the saws. However, Lawrence finds out that the saws are not designed to cut the chains. The only way to free yourself with the help of the saws is to cut off your chained foot. Lawrence, whose family was also kidnapped by Jigsaw, is promised their survival provided he kills Adam. Adam, on the other hand, is only told that he must watch himself die unless he "does something about it". The attempt to outsmart the killer by pretending to poison Adam by Lawrence fails and the allotted time runs out.

Lawrence, connected to his family on a cell phone, hears gunshots and screams. In a panic, he now saws off his own foot to free himself. He gets to the bloodied man's pistol and seriously injures Adam, apparently with the intention of killing him. However, he does not know that his wife managed to free herself and her daughter from the kidnapper's violence. The kidnapper is Zep Hindle, a nurse from the hospital where Lawrence also works. Zep now appears in the basement dungeon, but is killed by Adam with the lid of the cistern.

Lawrence promises Adam to get help. He crawls out of the room bleeding profusely; its chances of success seem dubious. It turns out that Zep is but a victim of the real "Jigsaw Killer": Zep was poisoned by Jigsaw and forced to arrange the kidnapping of Adam, Lawrence and his family. At this moment the supposed suicide stands up, who lay in the middle of the room the whole time and was apparently dead: he is the real kidnapper and murderer named Jigsaw.

Under the mask of this blood-drenched man, an elderly man appears, whom the viewer sees as a cancer patient from Dr. Lawrence recognizes Gordon from a flashback; Jigsaw actually has cancer. When he gets up, Adam picks up the pistol from the floor and tries to shoot him, but Jigsaw gets ahead of him. He gives Adam an electric shock with the stun gun that he had already used to blow up the simulated poisoning. Jigsaw leaves the room with the words, "The game is over", leaving Adam chained and screaming.

In a subplot distributed over the film in flashbacks, the police officers Tapp and Sing are on the trail of the murderer. When they try to arrest him, he exposes another victim to a life-threatening situation. Therefore, you must first try to free the victim. This victim is tied to a chair and drills threaten to pierce his skull from both sides. To free it, Sing has to find the right one from among many keys on a keyring. He doesn't make it in the allotted time, but can destroy the drills with pistol shots. Tapp is seriously injured by Jigsaw. Sing shoots Jigsaw, but falls into a trap and is shot.

Tapp, although physically and mentally a wreck, continues to try to catch the killer. Since he suspects Lawrence, he watches his apartment and follows part of the hostage situation.

It also shows some of the killer's earlier acts. The motive is always to show the victims the wrongdoings that the psychopath believes they have committed. Through the torments they have to inflict on themselves in order to save their lives, they should learn to appreciate their lives again after the perpetrator imagines them.

The heroin addict Amanda finds herself tied up with a device that will tear her jaw and therefore her head after a period of time. To get the key, she has to cut open the stomach of another victim who is drugged but still alive. Amanda follows Jigsaw's instructions to avoid being killed herself and is the only one of the previous victims who survived.

Another victim, Paul, attempted suicide by cutting his wrists some time ago. He wakes up in a room that is criss-crossed with NATO wire . To free himself, he must find a way through before the only exit, a hatch in the ceiling, closes. However, he dies trying.

A man named Mark wakes up in a dark room with walls full of combinations of numbers. In the middle there is a safe and a burning candle. His body is smeared with an extremely flammable substance. He also learns that he has a slow-acting poison in his body. To get to the antidote in the safe, he has to walk barefoot with the candle through broken pieces to the wall on which the number combination to open the safe is written. The candle burns down in Mark's hand, however, causing him to go up in flames.

The police had found a penlamp with Lawrence's fingerprints on this victim at the scene, which is why the police originally wrongly interrogated him as a suspect and so he knew about Jigsaw's actions. The real culprit, Jigsaw, was ultimately able to escape.


Saw was shown for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004 and was released in German cinemas in early February 2005, where it was seen by almost half a million viewers. With a budget of 1.2 million US dollars and only 18 days of shooting time, the film grossed over 102 million US dollars worldwide, 55 million US dollars of which in the USA alone and around 4.5 million in Germany . As early as the end of April 2005, after about halfway through the so-called cinema window that used to be common , a DVD with the somewhat longer Director's Cut was released in Germany . From August 11 to 16, 2012, the “Saw at Sea” took place on the cruise ship Carnival Glory . At the Official SAW Movie Cruise , all Saw parts were shown and the locations of the film series were visited.


  • Saw II , the sequel to the first part, was released in US cinemas on October 28, 2005. The nationwide cinema release was on February 9, 2006.
  • After Saw II grossed more than 70 million dollars in the USA in the first two weeks, Saw III quickly received the green light. Filming began in Toronto in early May 2006 and was completed in late June. After four months of post-production , the film was released in the USA before the German theatrical release on February 1, 2007.
  • Saw IV started on October 26, 2007 in the USA, followed by Germany-wide cinema release on February 7, 2008.
  • Saw V started on October 24, 2008 in the USA and ran in German cinemas on January 15, 2009.
  • Saw VI started on October 23, 2009 in the USA and on December 3, 2009 in Germany.
  • Saw 3D - completion started on October 29, 2010 in the USA and on November 25, 2010 in Germany.
  • Jigsaw (Saw VIII) was launched on October 26, 2017 in Germany and on October 27, 2017 in the USA.


"The allusive as well as absurd horror thriller can win some dramaturgical finesse from the material, but is increasingly silted up in a thoughtless string of reminiscences of genre classics."

Michael Kohler criticized the poorly drawn figures in film-dienst (03/2005 edition), who would only take on dramaturgical functions. VA Musetto of the New York Post noted that the film had some cheap thrills that ultimately weren't enough to make the pointless plot bearable. Roger Ebert also came to a similar conclusion in the Chicago Sun-Times (October 29, 2004): " Saw is an efficiently made thriller [...] and ultimately not worth the ordeal it makes us go through." Cinema says: " Macabre fresh cell treatment for the serial killer cinema. After 'seven' there is not eight, but 'saw'! "


The film received audience awards at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (2004) and the San Sebastián Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (2005). Director James Wan also won the Special Jury Prize at the Gérardmer Film Festival .

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Release certificate for Saw - abridged version . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry (PDF). Template: FSK / maintenance / type not set and Par. 1 longer than 4 characters
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  4. Sail the Sea with Saw
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  7. ^ A film review by VA Musetto
  8. ^ Film review by Roger Ebert
  9. Saw - About this movie. In: Retrieved October 20, 2010 .