Friday, October 24, 2008

Review: Saw V

Saw V (2008)
Genre: Horror
Format: Theatrical Release
Director: David Hackl

Reviewing Saw V is very tricky because its plot is so closely intertwined with the previous movies in the franchise that even explaining it in the most basic form could potentially lead to disastrous spoilers, especially for those who haven't watched the first four films. The funny thing is, without watching those films, one would probably be very confused by this latest entry. The Saw movies always put their fans first and this approach has really benefited the franchise well.

Basically, the movie contains two separate segments - the aftermath of the resolution of the Jigsaw murders and a new Jigsaw "game" in progress involving five strangers. The most interesting part of these movies have always been on the brilliantly morbid traps made by Jigsaw to test out his victims' will to live. It's interesting to see how his victims struggle to figure out how to escape his traps and that normally means that things will end with something terribly nasty. This one definitely has some of the best traps in the series... Just wait until you see the last two during the climax, they are absolutely brutal.

The movie feels more like number IV because of its creative flow on narrative continuity and that is not a bad thing. Though it is intriguing to revisit past events and see things through a different point of view, it does get a bit overdone here. It would be more captivating to be able to see new games taking place for the most part of the movie instead of the focus on flashbacks. The other problem with the movie is that the two lead actors look alike. I am not sure if this is intentional but it is a bit of a distraction. In the end though, Saw V is the best entry in the series. Alongside the Final Destination franchise, the Saw movies keep getting better and better with each sequel! Bring on Saw VI!

RATING: 4 out of 5

Not all Saw films are equal to each other.
Here's how I rank them from top to bottom:

Saw V
Saw IV
Saw II

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