With its average title it’s not hard to imagine that the actual film of Die (2010) would be a simplistic and easily forgotten horror film. Even after the first ten minutes it would seem a pale knock-off of the infamously popular Saw franchise which is how it comes off. Six strangers wake up to find themselves captives of the elusive Jacob (John Pyper-Ferguson) who wants to play a game with them in which they must decide what is worth living for and how they are all connected. Pitted one against another they are each given a task that will force them to make a personal sacrifice that may cost the life of another but it is all related and connected to a bigger picture.
On the surface Die is indeed another clone of the Saw films but it is well done despite the similarities and like the Jigsaw Killer, Jacob makes for a very interesting villain with an ulterior motive. What is the real travesty is that the Saw films got there first and therefore this film will have to live with being a copycat despite being well done. Written by Domenico Salvaggio (with Story credit to Nick Mead) and directed by Dominic James the films is easily digestible but lacks the punch (or gore) of the Saw franchise so for those looking for that style of film they will be disappointed. Die doesn’t ask the big questions and therefore doesn’t need to provide any profound answers.