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Saw V

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  Saw V Review
Tookey's Rating
2 /10
 
Average Rating
2.75 /10
 
Starring
Jigsaw/John - Tobin Bell, Hoffman - Costas Mandylor
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Directed by: David Hackl
Written by: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan

 
 
 
Released: 2008
   
Genre: HORROR
SERIES
SEQUEL
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 88
 
 


 
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I appreciate Saw for adding a sense of smarts to the horror genre, and I don't consider Saw V a bad film. But at this point, the filmmakers appear more interested in bringing home a paycheck than in trying to spice up the franchise. Unless some much-needed repairs are made, it looks like Jigsaw's blades have at last grown dull.
(Adam Hakari, Reeltalk)
Taking a considerable risk with their Lionsgate cash cow, the makers of Saw V have decided to tone down the ongoing saga's torture horror for a generally conventional cat-and-mouse detective movie. Make no mistake: Blood flows, but largely at the beginning and the end, with a surprisingly plodding middle taking up most of the space. Tobin Bell fans, concerned that their favorite horror star is getting nudged aside, should lay their worries to rest, and will show up opening weekend to keep the torture biz going through at least early November... Production aspects are kept to the strict design codes of every Saw, which means as dark, ghoulish and medieval as possible. Only in some early daylight sequences does the film look visually cheap.
(Robert Koehler, Variety)
Though it makes good use of a Poe-esque pendulum in the opening scene, this is a somewhat ho-hum franchise extension.
(Kim Newman, Empire)

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