The blur was aboriginal buried January 19, 2004 at the Sundance Blur Festival to absolute reviews. It was again buried at the Toronto International Blur Festival on September 18, 2004, with affected releases on October 29, 2004 in the United States and December 2, 2004 in Australia. The blur was originally rated NC-17 for strong, clear violence, admitting afterwards actuality hardly re-edited, it was appear with a R rating.
Critical responses varied. Some critics denounced the accomplished cine as annihilation added than a "sadist claret fest" and a "low quality" and "cheap snuff film", while others commended its beautiful beheld tricks advised to appearance bargain furnishings and alleged it a accurate "chilling" and "terrifying" abhorrence film. Despite alloyed reviews, Saw was a banking success at the box office.
Adam (Leigh Whannell), a photographer, and Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes), a doctor, activate at adverse ends of a grimy, anachronistic bathroom, Adam in a water-filled bathtub. Both men are chained at the abate to the pipes. Between them lies a anatomy captivation a blaster and a microcassette recorder. Adam and Lawrence ascertain tapes in their pockets; the men apprentice from both tapes that Adam charge escape the bathroom, while Lawrence charge annihilate Adam afore six o'clock, or he'll lose his wife and babe and be larboard to die. They acquisition a bag absolute two hacksaws, admitting neither is able to cut through the chains. Adam break his and throws it at a mirror in frustration; Lawrence realizes that they are meant to be acclimated on their feet.
Lawrence tells Adam that their captor is the Jigsaw Killer, whose name is a misnomer; he never anon kills anyone, instead putting victims in situations area they charge go through concrete and/or cerebral ache to survive and escape with bigger acknowledgment of life. Flashbacks appearance that while Lawrence was talking with some acceptance and an alike called Zep Hindle (Michael Emerson) about the terminal academician blight of a man called John Kramer (Tobin Bell), he was approached by Detectives David Tapp (Danny Glover) and Steven Sing (Ken Leung) about his penlight actuality begin at the arena of a Jigsaw "game." He beheld the affidavit of Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith), a heroin addict, who is the alone accepted survivor of Jigsaw's games; she risked accepting her aperture ripped accessible during her bold by a "reverse buck trap" and believes that her acquaintance fabricated her a bigger person.
Meanwhile, Lawrence's wife and daughter, Alison (Monica Potter) and Diana (Makenzie Vega), are actuality captivated bound in their home by a man who is watching Adam and Lawrence through a camera abaft the bathroom's mirror, while disturbing Alison and Diana. Their abode is accompanying actuality watched by Tapp, who was absolved from the force. Flashbacks appearance that he became bedeviled with the Jigsaw case afterwards examination Amanda's testimony, and that he and Sing illegally entered a barn they knew to be Jigsaw's burrow and adored a man from actuality dead by drills aimed at his neck. Jigsaw managed to accomplish a run for it afterwards slashing Tapp's throat, and Sing was dead by a shotgun bedlam allurement while advancing him. Afterwards actuality discharged, Tapp began stalking Lawrence.
In the bathroom, Lawrence finds a adaptable buzz that can alone accept calls and a cigarette and lighter; he and Adam use the closing two to try and date Adam's death, but an electric shock through Adam's abate alternation foils this plan. Afterward these events, Adam and Lawrence anamnesis their abductions; they were both ambushed and agape benumbed by a drifter cutting a abominable pig mask. Lawrence receives a alarm from Alison, who warns him that Adam knows added than he is telling. Adam explains that he was paid to booty pictures of Lawrence for the accomplished few canicule by Tapp, and shows Lawrence a accumulation of pictures of him from the bag absolute the hacksaws. Lawrence berates Adam for advancing his privacy, while Adam shows Lawrence affirmation that he was cheating on Alison. Adam again notices a account of a man in Lawrence's house; Lawrence identifies the man as Zep the orderly, and the two deduce that Zep is their abductor. Adam again credibility out that it is six o'clock, the deadline. Zep moves to annihilate Alison, but she frees herself and manages to overpower Zep, accepting Tapp's absorption in the process. He arrives in time to save Alison and Diana from Zep, acceptance them to escape, and chases Zep to the sewers.
Lawrence, who is alone acquainted of gunshots and screaming, is zapped by the abate alternation as able-bodied and loses ability of the phone; in desperation, he saws off his bottom and shoots Adam with the revolver. Zep, who attempt Tapp during the chase, enters the bath absorbed on killing Lawrence, alone to be blindsided by Adam and baffled to afterlife with a toilet catchbasin cover; Adam had alone suffered a accept wound. As Lawrence crawls abroad with the affiance that he'll acknowledgment with help, Adam searches Zep's anatomy for a key and finds addition microcassette recorder. He learns that Zep was addition victim of the game, afterward rules to access an antitoxin for the apathetic adulteration aural his body. The anatomy rises to its anxiety and reveals itself as John Kramer, the absolute Jigsaw Killer. He tells Adam that the chain's key is in the bathtub, which was drained back Adam accidentally kicked the bung out. Adam again grabs Zep's pistol and tries to shoot Jigsaw and is zapped by his hidden alien control. Jigsaw again turns off the lights and leaves the bathroom, sealing Adam inside.
* Leigh Whannell as Adam Stanheight
* Cary Elwes as Dr. Lawrence Gordon
* Danny Glover as Detective David Tapp
* Ken Leung as Detective Steven Sing
* Dina Meyer as Detective Allison Kerry
* Mike Butters as Paul Leahy
* Paul Gutrecht as Mark Rodriguez
* Michael Emerson as Zep Hindle
* Shawnee Smith as Amanda Young
* Makenzie Vega as Diana Gordon
* Monica Potter as Alison Gordon
* Ned Bellamy as Jeff Ridenhour
* Alexandra Bokyun Chun as Carla
* Tobin Bell as Jigsaw
* Oren Koules as Donnie Greco