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Saw V Reviews

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December 3, 2017
This movie is excellent and shows some great scenes from past Saws and how things came about, also has a great ending.
½ November 12, 2017
Not much better than the previous or any of the others. Just another continuation of the long but thrilling storyline.
½ November 9, 2017
I don't think it was as good as the others. But the ending was twisted.
November 7, 2017
Saw V: A surprisngly powerful retrun to form for the Saw franchise. Saw V is daring, smart and as bloody as ever.
November 2, 2017
2/10-- A new low for the franchise, Saw V combines bad acting with bland storytelling to create a pointless excuse for a movie.
½ November 1, 2017
A kind of boring fifth installment of a diminishing franchise.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
½ October 31, 2017
Saw 5 felt very different to other Saw films as it had even more back story than ever, We learn more about Hoffman and why he does what he does, The plot was very well put together and connects to the other films and even answers a few more questions we had, Most of the hate comes from the fact that they can't keep up with the story, It wasn't acted that well by some of the cast, The Traps were ok but some were poor and they kind of took a backseat in this film as it focused on the story side more than the gore, Yes it's still bloody and gross at times but it's not memorable this time round which can be a problem for fans who fell in love with these movies thanks to its gory, Torture scenes.
½ October 28, 2017
Saw V puts injects new life into the franchise with new twist and a different spin on the franchise?s direction.
October 25, 2017
Atricous storytelling and ridiculous acting spearhead the awfulness that the Saw series has become with its fifth installment.
Grade: F
½ October 21, 2017
another low quality but fun and entertaining movie. nice addition to the series with awesome tie-ins to the previous movies. some brutal games. and significantly better acting than the older ones, for the most part (junkee was bad lol) (3 viewings)
½ October 15, 2017
Honestly these movies are now one big- 'hey let's get Jigsaw in here as much as possible by including confusing ass flashbacks that ultimately will add nothing and only contradict our own plot'
October 11, 2017
The worst film in a series that features some bland entries. A highlight of Saw is usually the traps, but even those aren't as interesting this time around. The most torture comes from trying to sit through this.
½ October 11, 2017
Worst entry in the franchise, due to a failed attempt to prop up Hoffman as the new Jigsaw, which neither the character nor actor can do. It's not that Costas Mandylor isn't a solid actor (still a great character on the series "Picket Fences"), but he doesn't have near the intelligence or charisma of the great Tobin Bell (proven in the flashback scenes they share). Plus, Hoffman feels like more of a physical threat over an intellectual one, which is the point of Jigsaw (you never buy he is smart enough to come up with these traps). Behind the camera, director David Hackl keeps the story moving forward, with some fun traps, but feels like a repeat of better ones (the whole scenario of a group of strangers trapped together is done far better in Saw II). Overall, the weakest of the franchise whose only merit is it's attachment to it.
October 5, 2017
i think this movie fell flat because first of all: the hole game is totally unnecessary and doesn't work because it has nothing to do with anything. so you can cut the hole game out and not even notice. the thing that stands out the most is the overall backstory to Hoffman and how he (Spoiler alert!) became jigsaw's helper and still evolves the story further.
½ October 3, 2017
Saw V is the first and last film in the franchise directed by David Hackl and continues right where Saw IV left off with Agent Peter Strahm locked in Jigsaw's death room. Saw V focuses on a lot but predominantly on Detective Hoffman who is being hailed a hero after "surviving" the events of the last film and Special Agent Peter Strahm who has grown very suspicious of Hoffman and his involvement in the Jigsaw cases. Meanwhile a group of five victims have been placed in a new series of deadly traps, however here it seems that the traps take a definitive back seat in favour of advancing and explaining the plot. At this point all of the main players in the story have been established except for Special Agent Sony Erickson (Mark Rolston) who is introduced here. The individual stories and side plots are engaging and a lot of interesting events take place, but they are arranged, edited, and balanced very poorly.

I will start off with the directorial efforts of David Hackl and why it just didn't work here. This was the directorial debut for David Hackl, the production designer of Saw II, III, and IV, so despite being familiar with the franchise his inexperience in directing feature films shows very clearly. The film follows a large number of core characters and core storylines (some of which are more featured than others) including seperate but connected plots following Hoffman, Strahm, the main trap, Jill Tuck, and a series of flashback sequences. All of this content is engaging in its own right but the arrangement of all these stories is very poorly executed. There is a lot of jumping around and it makes everything feel very busy as you have to keep track and remember all of these events happening concurrently and it gets a little overwhelming. I honestly wouldn't blame you if you forgot Jill Tuck (Betsy Russell) is even in this film as her crucial and important scenes are thrown in here at random moments.

But despite these issues, the most prominent plot; the conflict between Hoffman and Strahm is very engaging and takes twists and turns here and there that will have you fighting with yourself as you don't know which character you want to root for as both are set up so well. The main trap that pits 5 victims seemingly against each other is one of the better set ups mainly because it is a very intelligent trap as well as being a bloody one. Much like this entire film it says something about human nature, and understanding human nature which is actually an interesting idea in here that is severely overlooked by viewers. Once again flashbacks are a big part of the main plot and crucial in understanding events of the past also here they are implemented much better than they were in Saw IV and include some juicy information.

So in the end Saw V is the beginning of the ultimate downfall of the Saw franchise. It includes 5 very interesting storylines that intersect and crossover to some degree and are engaging and fun to follow. But the way they are arranged into one feature length film is executed poorly and it has to do with David Hackl's inexperience in the realm of directing. The performances by the actors outside of the trap are strong and believable enough whereas the performances by those in the traps are quite silly and over-exaggerated...... but performances aren't why you watch Saw. Saw V sets the franchise on its home stretch and whilst it still maintains the familiar formula from its predecessors it is clear the plot-lines are beginning to take over as it takes a lot of time to explain and justify the various twists.

7.3/10
June 13, 2017
6/10/2017 (2): Meh. The worst of the series and very forgettable.
May 17, 2017
I'm Only Just Using Regular Practical Bloody Splatter Over The Top Gore Effects For My Movies Not CGI.
½ March 27, 2017
The storyline became epic and I hate the antagonist so much. haha sike
½ January 18, 2017
Refer to my review for the 3rd installment.
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