people named Adam Faulkner-Stanheight
(Leigh Wannell) and Dr. Lawrence Gordon
(Cary Elwes) wake up in a grubby torn
down bathroom and find out they've been
chained up not knowing on how they got
there with a maniac named Zep Hindle
(Michael Emerson) watching them on a TV
monitor as well as having devices to make
sure they're still alive or not when they
try to fool him.
Zep studies Lawrence's family by stalking
them and then holds his wife Alison
(Diana Potter) and little girl Diana
(Makenzie Vega) up in their home as he
has a limited amount of time in order to
try and find a way to get out of the room
before Zep ends up killing him.
Meanwhile a couple of detectives named
David Tapp (Danny Glover) and Steven Sing
(Ken Leung) are doing some research on
this psychopath in which some survivors
have been rescued by them and tries to
find out what this killer is going to do
next but it may be too late as well as
they are risking their lives since Zep is
expecting them and has all sorts of
deadly traps for them.
There's a good
beginning camera shot with Adam
Faulkner-Stanheight in a bathtub with water
waking up and a glowing key falling in
the sink of it while he panicks to get
out of it.
Good intense arguments between
both him and Dr. Lawrence Gordon on what's going on between the two of
them being trapped in an abandoned
bathroom with good intense shots on the
two of them.
There's also good close up shots on the
two of them trying to figure out some
mini cassettes to listen to what they
have to do in order to survive along with
their reactions on all of this. Plus good
close up shots on them using a saw to try
and saw off the chain on their legs as
well as Adam really losing it
and cursing like crazy.
A good flashback sequence with
Diana Gordon lying in bed and feeling
troubled as well as good conversations
between her and Lawrence trying to
make her feel better about her fears as
well as good dysfunctional discussion
between him and his
Then there's a good shot on Diana in bed again looking scared spotting
something and then
Zep Hindle appearing out of nowhere
approaching her with sheets over him as
well as her screaming and then Alison running into the room with him being
menacing towards her. Next, there's good
shots on both Diana and Alison tied up and tormented with them crying
which really looked disturbing and hard
There's great intense shots with Detective David Tapp and Detective Steven Sing looking around where a victim is
trapped in a cell with barbwire around
him and freaking out which looked like a
great psychotic moment involving him.
There's also a good moment with the two
of them questioning a supporting character Amanda by sitting in a chair looking out
of it which looked nice and natural as
someone who exprerienced a horrifying
incident as well as a good flashback
sequence with camera shots circling
around her with a piece of equipment on
her face and freaking out shaking
intensely as well as good shots on her
trying to find the right key to unlock
There's many interesting shots on David looking at a video that was taped on this
victim trying to figure stuff out along
with Steven talking to him which
looked like a natural situations with two
detectives trying to solve a case.
There's great suspenseful moments with
the two of them trying to point a gun at Zep demanding him to ask what key to unlock a
victim before he ends up being drilled to
death which also looking terrifying
wondering if this victim will be safe
along with a good moment on him
springing into action by using a foot
blade on David as well as Steven
shooting his gun running after him who is running away. Plus there's a nice
close up shot on Steven walking
towards a string which leads to a deadly
There's a good intense moment with Zep calling Lawrence on his cell and
passing it to both Diana and
Alison crying to him on the phone with
good close up shots on him lying down and
crying as well as showing intense
expressions on his face.
Great struggling moments
between Alison and Zep when they fight for a gun in which you
wonder if she will survive this as well
as a good moment on David storming in and attacking Zep with good struggling moments between the
two of them.
Meanwhile there's a good shot on Lawrence using a saw to saw off his foot with a
great close up shot on Adam freaking out when he does this. This was
the most disturbing moments throughout the
There's some great struggling moments
with David beating up on Zep as well as trying to fight for a weapon
which was highly energised.
A great camera shot looking up on Adam by using an object to bash
on Zep's head.
brought back the horror craze and this
flick brought back the psychological
horror craze inspiring many more like
this one. I mean the film can be very
hard to watch imagining if you were
chained up in a gross place and
experiencing them trying to find any key
in a dirty toilet or finding a way of
survival while you could be there forever
with no food or water and a maniac
watching every move you make with the
power over you knowing what you're doing
every second. Plus towards close to the
end of the film one of the lead
character's has to do something to
himself in order to try and escape which
is too painful for alot of people in
order to watch this.
The film is very original imagining if
you were in a real video game and only
have a limited maount of time to find a
key to escape a device or else it's game
over and you're dead. Plus there's a nice
character called Jigsaw with a freaky
looking outfit which adds a nice touch to
There's also alot of good dysunctional
flashback sequences which makes you think
of how much a bitch karma can be later on
which is the worst kind leading to
torture and death.
There's also alot of great detective
scene's with many great struggling
moments against him and the psychopath.
Not only that this psycho is a brillaint
killer having everything deadly up his
sleeve that no one knows about causing
him to survive anything and getting away
with it. I'm sure that Charles Manson
would love a character like him since he
has more ideas on getting his other
victims to kill others in order to try
and save themselves which is a good peer
pressure decision that is not the least
bit easy to decide either.
The bottom line is this flick is a true
horror classic with numerous sequels that
won't tire you out as the suspense keeps
going at a great pace and after watching
this film if you're into it you'll be
begging for more. Plus this film is so
psychological it can really scare you of
what's in your head thinking this can
happen to you anytime if you're attacked
by the deadliest person who's been
This film is worth checking out if you
like real intense disturbing horror films
and how painful survival can be too.
The acting is
terrifically well done having such a
superb cast. The writer Leigh Wannell
Faulkner-Stanheight) played the lead role in this film too so
he knew this character inside out showing
a great insecurity to his role as well as
really knowing how to act paranoid and
scared by what is going on too. He
certainly showed alot of energy to his
part in the film. He shows
alot of great aggressions to the highest
when he is using an object to bash someone's head near the end of his performance.
Cary Elwes (Dr. Lawrence Gordon) however stole the film
with his performance as an unfaithful
family man and doctor in the flick in
which he does well with his serious and
calm attitude and really proving to be
versatile later on in the story when he
finds out what this manaic has done by
showing a terrific rage on his end. He
certainly came across as convincing when
he was losing his mind during this
moment. Great hysteric emotions on him freaking
out during a certain scene on what this maniac has done. He's a true character actor.
Danny Glover (Detective David Tapp) lived to play a
detective with his smooth talking and
serious behavior in the film and had the
right masculine looks too. He kn ew this
part inside out and also was good with
his fighting scene's trying to survive
the madness he was involved with. He was
the second best actor in this film
without a doubt.
Ken Leung (Detective Steven Sing) showed great energy as
well by trying to get down and dirty with
his gun chasing and helping out with the
clues to end this mess. He came across
nicely on set of this film and did what
he had to do to try and win the viewers
watching him perform with what he had to
do making his part believeable as an
Child actress Makenzie Vega
(Diana Gordon) really drew attention as a key member in
this film with a child fearing things in
the night and then suddenly it happens to
her as well as her crying with her fears
while being held hostage by this maniac
in which ytou feel sorry for this poor
child. She does this so well it can
disturb her in real life too by what's
happening with her.
Michael Emerson (Zep Hindle) had the creepy and
goofy looks to play the role of the
maniac and really shows it well when he
is about to do something deadly. He also
knew how to bring his aggressions across
perfectly when he moves in for the kill.
He sure portrayed a perfect horror
character and didn't have to be a big guy
to potray this role at all.
A supposed corpse is lying
in a pool of blood in an abandoned
A body is trapped in barb wire
A person's insides are pulled out in
order to find a key
A head is cut open
A leg is sawed off
There's alot of thumping
sounds as well as some rusty metal
scraping sound effects which really works
in this film since there's alot of great
disturbing moments. Also there's the odd
low classical violin playing too which
sounds smooth and nice. There's also good
drum beats and electronic rock sounds too
which was extremely effective too all
done by Charlie Clouser.
Dr. Lawrence Gordon:
What's your name?
Adam: My name is Very Fucking
Confused; what's your name?
Adam: I don't give a
crap if you covered yourself in peanut
butter and had a 15 hooker gang bang!
videotape] Hello Amanda. You don't
know me, but I know you. I want to play a
game. Here's what happens if you lose.
The device you are wearing is hooked into
your upper and lower jaw. When the timer
in the back goes off, your mouth will be
permanently ripped open. Think of it like
a reverse bear trap. Here, I'll show you.
There is only one key to open the device.
It's in the stomach of your dead
cellmate. Look around Amanda. Know that
I'm not lying. Better hurry up. Live or
die, make your choice.
Detective Steven Sing:
Maybe you should find yourself a
Zep Hindle: I'm
gonna kill your husband now, Mrs. Gordon!
Zep Hindle: Dr.
Gordon's time is up, now I gotta do what
I gotta do and... I'm afraid it has to be
you that tells him he's failed.
Dr. Lawrence Gordon: [in
bathroom, cell phone ringing] Is that
you, Zep, you bastard? I know it's you,
you son of a bitch!
Alison Gordon: [back in Gordon
Dr. Lawrence Gordon: Ali?
Alison Gordon: You failed.
Lawrence is sawing off his foot] No!
Oh, my God! What are you doing? Lawrence,
what are you doing? What are you... Oh,
my God! Lawrence, don't! No! Lawrence,
please! I'm begging you! Lawrence, it's
not me who did this to you.
Dr. Lawrence Gordon: You have to
Adam: No, I want to live!
Dr. Lawrence Gordon: I'm sorry...
Adam: I want to live!
Dr. Lawrence Gordon: My family...
Dr. Lawrence Gordon: I've done it,
now show them to me!
John: The key to
that chain is in the bathtub.