Saw V (18)

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Time Out says

Fri Oct 24 2008

“You won’t believe how it ends”, proclaim the posters for the latest ‘Saw’ movie. It’s a good strap-line, and for once it’s true. You won’t believe how pitifully anti-climactic the ending is; the film doesn’t so much end as come to an abrupt, bewildering halt. This underwhelming denouement aside, even the most die-hard of ‘Saw’ fans won’t credit how tedious, lame and pointless this fourth sequel manages to be. ‘Saw IV’ tried to jump-start the series’ failing heart by introducing a Jigsaw acolyte, Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor).

Padded out with multiple flashbacks to the four previous instalments, ‘Saw V’ details Hoffman’s training at the hands of the now-dead deviser of gruesome games. But another survivor of the last bloodbath, FBI agent Peter Strahm (Scott Patterson), suspects the heroic Hoffman of having had a hand in the killings. After all, Hoffman investigated every one of the murders, and had a personal vested interest in one of them – that of his slain sister.

Because all this boring police procedural stuff happens outside the slaughterhouse, any potential tension or suspense is dissipated. Meanwhile, inside the house of pain, it’s déjà vu all over again, as five incarcerated victims try to figure out cryptic video-taped clues, and escape fiendishly booby-trapped rooms. Yet not even these cruel engines of pain are as ingenious or horrific as those in the previous films. Any film that opens with a scene stolen from Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ has much to live up to. Suffice to say, this doesn’t.

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18

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Fri Oct 24, 2008

Duration:

88 mins

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Thomas Noctor

Some of the tradidional Saw fans will be clapping while the usual dumb cinema goers will be scratching their heads like the usual dumb American queen "who did what" this is the finest Saw movie a puzzler to the dumb

Thomas Noctor

Some of the tradidional Saw fans will be clapping while the usual dumb cinema goers will be scratching their heads like the usual dumb American queen "who did what" this is the finest Saw movie a puzzler to the dumb

ollie p

This is the most gripping, spine chilling film i have ever seen!! much better than the other 4 installments, i was reluctant to go and see it but i came out quivering IT WAS SO GOOD!!!

ollie p

This is the most gripping, spine chilling film i have ever seen!! much better than the other 4 installments, i was reluctant to go and see it but i came out quivering IT WAS SO GOOD!!!

Toni

After being dragged along to James Bond and falling asleep within the first half hour..my boyfriend thought he would take me to see Saw5, cant say it was as good as the others, but at least i didnt fall asleep!

k

I thought saw v was good maybe not as good as the first or second but they never are. it's definately worth watching and is definately left open for another.

k

I thought saw v was good maybe not as good as the first or second but they never are. it's definately worth watching and is definately left open for another.

Amy

Going to see this again for the second time tonight. I didn't think it was one of the best but come on, what good is Halloween without another Saw film? I do love them.

John

Shocking film, wish I would have gone to watch bond instead. In my opinion the saw films haven't been the same since saw 3 but I remain hopeful they can turn things around in the sixth!

Todd

I thought the movie was only slightly better than the 4th, which I didn't like at all, and I loved the first 3. In this one they don't develop the characters in the game at all and it's not at all suspenseful as you know 1 person will die during each trap. Also, some of the traps Hoffman builds are pretty absurd especially for a detective with no engineering background (i.e. the final scene with the walls and lowering tomb - come on, how did he build those?). I'm very disappointed and wish the series would have stopped after Saw III and am hoping Saw VI can redeem the past 2 movies

Kyle

The movie was drawn out with flashbacks, there were hardly any puzzles and I felt the villain was incredibly static. On top of that I was promised a good ending. Oh gee, the guy gets tricked into dying. Never expected that twist in a Saw movie. Come on writers, stop being so complacent and get back to what made the other Saw movies so good.

lauren

i thought this film was bloody brilliant! it answered all the questions people needed to know and i, personally, cannot wait for the sixth and final movie :)

lauren

i thought this film was bloody brilliant! it answered all the questions people needed to know and i, personally, cannot wait for the sixth and final movie :)

azbbyes

solid continuation of the series. a must see for those who've seen the prior four. plenty to debate and discuss, although not quite as impactful and suspenseful as Saw III and IV. Like the prior sequels, enhances understanding of all that came before.

azbbyes

solid continuation of the series. a must see for those who've seen the prior four. plenty to debate and discuss, although not quite as impactful and suspenseful as Saw III and IV. Like the prior sequels, enhances understanding of all that came before.

MamaKayce

I am a MASSIVE Saw fan, and watched Saw V for my birthday tonight. I was dramatically let-down. The recap of the previous movies was too drawn out (we got it), the end was predictable, the 5 people in the "game" weren't the stars of the plotline, and there was no twist. However, I am eagerly awaiting another one; I just hope they take their time when writing it. Don't rush it, becasue alot of us fans need redemption!!

Mike D

The 5th entry in the franchise is just another unoriginal, braindead and completely implausible torture flick without a single character to care about including the victims.

Nessa

I am a great Saw fan but this instalment is not good at all which was a great disappointed and hopefully it will be the last one. It contained none of the look away scenes and the ending, you normally get the recap and are surprised and you have a talking point. This ending recap was an insult to your intelligence that they thought you did not get it.

Helen

I did like the film but i have to admit it wasnt as horrific as the others! It gave all the answers to the questions fans were asking - from prev saw films and created some new ones! Def worth watching though and cant wait for the next one...............

Helen

I did like the film but i have to admit it wasnt as horrific as the others! It gave all the answers to the questions fans were asking - from prev saw films and created some new ones! Def worth watching though and cant wait for the next one...............

rajesh

i expected to be let down, but i wasn't , the film is well worth a watch from all saw' fans, again the writers are extremely clever, twists and turns , and jaw dropping scenes, is it all over now? who knows, certainly got me and my mates chatting!

rajesh

i expected to be let down, but i wasn't , the film is well worth a watch from all saw' fans, again the writers are extremely clever, twists and turns , and jaw dropping scenes, is it all over now? who knows, certainly got me and my mates chatting!

Stephen Spielberg

the best bit of cinema in recent years. in depth thought provoking plot and delightful character twists. a must see!

Stephen Spielberg

the best bit of cinema in recent years. in depth thought provoking plot and delightful character twists. a must see!

Worthy

The film is poo! very lame in comparison with past Saw movies. Wait for it on DVD....borrowed from a mate!

Eric the half a bee

Do you trust the artistic judgement of someone who "wud" urge you to go and watch this film? Doesn't inspire confidence, really. Oh, and the film's poo. It's not even "so bad, it's good" like the earlier ones, it's just bad.

Lala_and_po

I think think flim is great!! And i wud urge everyone to go out and watch it. excellent excellent.

Lala_and_po

I think think flim is great!! And i wud urge everyone to go out and watch it. excellent excellent.