It’s Halloween time and you all know what that means? Yes, another installment of the Saw franchise hits the big screen. What are we on, number five now? Wow, how time flies and Hollywood exploits the crap out of anything mildly successful.
Anyway, as a huge fan of the first Saw movie and a somewhere in the middle fan of two thru four, of course I had to go to the theater and see Saw V. And I will say right off the bat, anyone who has never seen a Saw movie, do not see this. A lot will not make sense. If you have seen all of them thus far and want to see this one, save your $10 until it comes out on DVD. Big time fans should not panic just yet, the movie was fine. I just recommend not spending the money because it’s something that is probably only good enough for a rental.
This installment starts where the fourth one left off. Detective Hoffman is doing the bidding of demented game master Jigsaw, who has been dead since the end of the third film. But as some questions arise, Hoffman may be in danger of being found out. What happens then? I’m not saying anything. I’m a firm believer in not ruining movies. But there are a few things I can say about the film.
First off, David Hackl did a good job with directing. Following in the footsteps of James Wan, who did Saw, and Darren Lynn Bousman, who did two through four, Hackl kept it choppy and bloody. The style stayed about the same you would come to expect from one of these films.
Secondly, the gore was solid. A few new sick and twisted games kept the blood flowing, but nothing too eye-popping (except for the hand thing at the end). At this point I’m just astounded they are still coming up with interesting ways to kill people. I guess this is why you get new writers every now and then.
Lastly, I have to hand it to the writers, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (who also wrote Saw IV, Feast and Feast II), for trying their damnedest to come up with a new twist to alter the ongoing story. The problem is, at this point, I feel like nobody is surprised anymore. You always expect the big twist, and in some cases you guess it before seeing the film (that was the case for me with Saw II). At the end of commercials for the film it says, “you won’t believe how it ends.” Well, that comment is right. But it’s only right because it’ll end you’ll say, “what? It’s over?”
The twist is not mind-blowing by any stretch of the imagination, but it does insure that there will be another film. And sure enough, I happen to know for a fact that they are working on Saw VI right now. How do I know, you might ask? Well, If you’ve ever watched the show Scream Queens, a reality show on Vh1, you know that the grand prize is money and a role in Saw VI.
At this point it’s getting kind of ridiculous and somewhat boring. I would ask Hollywood to stop beating this almost dead horse, but at the same time it’s idiots like me that keep the franchise profitable because every Halloween I just have to know what Jigsaw is up to. I give this movie a solid C rating.