See Saw with Alex, Day 5: Saw V

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There was no sense of accomplishment after watching Saw V, that little satisfaction of having finished a movie that follows you for the rest of the day. Right now, it just feels like I sat down in my room and stared at a wall for two hours. It's like I've woken up in one of Jigsaw's traps, completely unable to piece together what happened just a few hours ago. Did anything even remotely significant or compelling happen in this movie? Everything that's thrown at the audience I kind of just met with a shrug and I don't think it's necessarily me burning out on the series. I mean, what exactly is supposed to be interesting about Hoffman's origin story? He's blackmailed by Jigsaw, but nothing in Costas Mandylor's performance suggests pleasure or torment or ambivalence in his actions. He looks like a guy just going through the motions. I assume the filmmakers cast the physically imposing Mandylor to be a visual foil to Tobin Bell's snooping, wiry look, but considering this is a series where characters rarely ever come to blows, Mandylor's stature is just mostly wasted.Back to Article