See Saw with Alex, Day 5: Saw V
The series takes another dip.
Day Five: Saw VThere 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.
I was optimistic about the movie's central trap segment: a group of people working together in an undisclosed location, similar to Saw II's setup. However, nobody on the outside was even aware they existed so there was no urgency at all in that storyline. And since the characters devise that a person has to be scarified in each room, everything quickly, violently devolves into routine.
So, in the end, virtually all good guys are dead and Hoffman is primed to go on his way. I'm curious to see how the filmmakers will escape the corner they've painted themselves into, but I'm not holding out hope that it'll be particularly compelling.
Most inventive trap: The water box trap that Strahm finds himself in is decent, but the way he gets out of it (pen to the throat) is the movie's probably singular clever touch.
Stupid person in a horror movie moment: Definitely Strahm blowing off Jigsaw's warnings. How'd you get this job with that attitude?
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