Joe’s Review: Saw V

November 20, 2008 by Joe 

Yep, I saw this movie a couple weeks ago and am just now getting to review it.  I admit that I am not usually a fan of horror movies, but I have enjoyed the Saw films that I’ve seen.  I still cringe when I think of some of the traps, as the movies have just gotten bloodier and bloodier, but I appreciate the fact that Saw is not your typical slasher film.  As a guest said this weekend after seeing it: “I like that it makes you think.  It’s not a regular halloween movie.”

The latest incarnation of Saw takes a look at the history behind Jigsaw, and how all the people who have helped him with hs traps have come together.  It starts with a Jigsaw like trap, where a man is bound in a room.  Jigsaw’s tape begins to play, letting us know that this trapped man is responsible for taking a life, but got out of jail on a technicality.  Now, this man is forced to crush his own hands, which he used to take a life, in order to save his own.  If he does not, then he will be sliced in two by the blade that is swinging on top of him.  He proceeds to crush his hands, but the blade does not stop, and he is sliced in two.  Before he dies, he takes a look to his right, and sees someone watching him…..

The story then shifts back to the events of the second and third film.  We see Detective Hoffman enter the room where Jigsaw died, and shoots Jeff Reinhart in self defense.  There is a tape waiting for him, which tells him that his curiousity will be the end of him, that he should find solace in the room where he is now trapped.  Not one to listen to Jigsaw, Hoffman finds his way out of the room, but is attacked by a man in a pig mask.  When he awakens, he finds himself trapped with a glass box over his head, which begins to fill with water….

And that all happens within the first 20 minutes.  It’s definitely a thinking movie, and if you’re kind of turned off by that, there is a back story with plenty of traps and Jigsaw puzzles that the people who are trapped must solve.  The movie also follows Hoffman as he tries to figure out who is taking over for Jigsaw.

Personally, I enjoyed this movie.  Like the guest said, it really did make you think, and it had all the traps to go with it as well.  Seeing as its the 5th movie in the series, I wasn’t expecting too much, and so I wasn’t disappointed.  The pace of the movie was good, and the traps remind you of why the movie is called Saw.  After you read this review, it’s likely that your local theatre won’t have this film anymore, but if you have a chance and you want to see a bloody interesting film, go check it out!  They’ve already been greenlighted for 6 and 7 as well, so we can expect more to come next Halloween!

Like the tag line says: You Won’t Believe How it Ends!

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

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