Starring-Tobin Bell, Donnie Wahlberg
Reviewed January 9, 2011
The Saw movies are fun, bloody, late night flicks. It is quite helpful if you see them close together, and in sequence, as they either continue or backtrack to previous films- past knowledge is helpful. Saw V is no exception, as we learn the how’s and the why’s of serial killer Jigsaws, apprentice, detective Mark Hoffman. What would possess this man to follow in the footsteps of Jigsaw?
In their heyday, the Saw films were intriguing and more cerebral than the standard slice and dice ’em offerings. I like these films because there is usually a plot twist or some other surprise connection to an earlier entry in store. Also, the victims are not merely innocent’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, nor are they killed for the sake of killing. They typically have embezzled someone, maimed an innocent party, or caused someone pain in some fashion, so the audience does not feel sorry for them, making their various tortures tolerable to watch, if not satisfying.
In Saw V, as far as the kills go, we are treated to somebody being sliced in half, a decapitation, another blown to bits by a detonating bomb, bloodletting, a crushing to death, and various other forms of mutilation.
This is all well and good, but by Part V in a franchise, even the most clever of stories runs out of gas, and by this point the series is feeling a little tired, although still enjoyable for the puzzle of story connections. Saw V is a very bloody film, so not intended for the squeamish.