To my surprise, Saw actually tries to be a good film. The Saw franchise is notorious for being a violent, gore-fest of death traps and nothing more. That's why I was surprised to find that the first film actually wants to be a half decent movie. James Wan and co. actually look like they care about what they're making, and their passion and hard-work can occasionally pay off. The film isn't by any means a great movie, but they're trying to be entertaining and it actually was! If they succeeded at that then this film is a success in my eyes.
Of course, this film's most iconic moment is the famous reverse bear trap scene, which seems to be the main selling point of the re-release advertising campaign. This scene, oddly enough, isn't even an important moment in the film, nor a necessary one. Although, the traps in this film are far from necessary as most of them appear in flashbacks, but hey, that's the movie I came to see and that's the movie I got. The scene was wickedly fun and incredibly entertaining.
Although the mystery initially set up is intriguing, the acting and the dialogue made it challenging to get into. This film has a decent concept, it's a worrying concept, but it's a decent one. It sets up the mystery well, and this is also maintained for the entirety of the film, but it just took a while for me to be fully into this movie. I was trying incredibly hard, but with all the clichéd dialogue and mediocre acting, this wasn't really working out. Once I could get used to it and I had accepted that this was what I'm in for then I begun to enjoy the film a little more. Not a lot more, but a little more.
To sum up, Saw took a while for me to get into due to the clichéd dialogue and mediocre acting, but once it gets going and the mystery is set up, Saw manages to thoroughly entertain thanks to its inventive death traps and engaging story.