Not nearly as good as the word of mouth leads you to believe. I think many of those who saw this hadn't been exposed to a great deal of horror movies.The premise is that a 'serial killer' abducts individuals, confines them in a room-and in 99% of the cases has the victims kill themselves. The only person who escaped had to kill another person. The main story is of two prisoners, a doctor and a photographer. They are on opposite sides of a room, chained by the ankle. Right then you know what that saw is going to eventually be used for. There's also a side story of an obsessed police detective (Danny Glover) who wants to catch this guy. In various flashbacks we find out that he suspected the doctor of being the serial killer. We also learn how the photographer and the doctor fit in to the scenario. Granted, there are some tense scenes but there's far more talking. It kind of reminded me of CUBE to a certain extent. My problem with SAW is that is seems way too familiar, is predictable, and the 'surprise' ending is taken from a scene in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.