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Saw V

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

Released: 2008
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 88

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Whatever made the first four films tolerable has been whisked away by unimaginative writing and even more pedestrian direction... Mandylor appears to be sleepwalking through the part, while Patterson's only highlight comes via a self-induced tracheotomy. The rest of the returning horde ó including snippets from victims long ago dispensed ó are really nothing special, and Betsy Russell's Jill is reduced to a red herring. About the only actor getting a chance is Bell, and though he is limited to playing flashback versions of the fiend, he brings a brilliant gravitas to the role. Too bad then that Melton and Dunstan give him such God-awful lines. Several of his speeches sound like a failed philosopher after an all-night beer bash... The weakest installment so far. It can't claim part two's brutality, part three's closure, or part four's intriguing reboot. Instead, it's the first effort that fails to capitalize on all the invention that came before. Instead of striking out in new or unusual ways, it merely recycles information and individuals we thought we were already done with. If you like the broadening of the Jigsaw scenario, you'll end up partially satisfied. Everything else here is just subpar scares.
(Bill Gibron,
There's absolutely no juice left to the sight of ensnared deviants struggling with the choice of mutilation or death, nor to Hackl's standard-issue rotting color palette and frenzied editing. But worse still is the fact that this particular film barely even bothers to break novel ground, both rehashing familiar do-or-die scenarios as well as literally retreading much of its predecessors' ground from a slightly different (though no more interesting) perspective. The film's go-nowhere plot, hackneyed visuals and crude performances are bottom-of-the-barrel, exhibiting all the intelligence and craftsmanship of a direct-to-video throwaway. Lionsgate may still be turning a profit on each successive episode of this clownish saga, but as with so many other lucrative horror franchises, Saw's sequelitis is a creatively fatal condition.
(Nick Schager, Slant)
Itís not a good sign when watching someone stick their hand into a table saw is easier than listening to them recite dialogue.
(Sam Adams, LA Times)

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