Movie reviews of ‘Saw,’ ‘The Human Centipede,’ and ’13 Sins’

By Rachel Nguyen


Saw (2004)

 The Saw movies, one of the most famous series concerning the element of psychological torture, are notorious for their cringe-worthy scenes of blood and gore. What differentiates these films from the typical gory movie is the intricate plotline and interconnected web of characters. These qualities provide unexpected depth and substance to pair with the evidence of the horror. As far as aesthetically revolting and disgusting movies go, I find the series tasteful and extremely thought provoking. Once you are past the twisted stigma, it is possible to see the true moral values that are present in the series, such as the importance to cherish and value your life. That said, this series is not for weaker-stomached viewers.


The Human Centipede (2010)

 This movie is infamous for being one of the most disturbing ideas in recent cinema. Due to the fact that it was actually banned in many countries, perhaps it is a good indication of the extremity of the content. The shocking plotline, that makes even the strong-willed queasy, involves the story of a crazed doctor who desires nothing more than to experiment his twisted human-mutation design on a group of naive tourists. The acting is poor and the context is truly crude, but the strong controversy of the film that provoked mass discussion is what makes it notable, and resulted in its surprising success. The creators were obviously attempting to push the envelope as far as possible and design a movie quite unlike any other, one that sickens viewers in a different light.


13 Sins (2014)

This remake of 2006 film titled 13 Beloved, covered the idea of ethical boundaries and temptation. This film appeared relatively low budget, with little advertising or recognition in the world of cinema. That said, the creative theme played on the questions of how far a person is willing to go and how easily a good person can turn into a monster. Though the quality is not as high, the movie causes the viewer to feel great unease, due to the realistic situations and unsettling tasks. The audience with unwillingly put themselves in the movie with a “what would you do” mindset.

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