Saw V

Viewed – 28 October 2008  Cinema

Well they keep making them, and I keep going to see them.  Oh well, I admit it I love this franchise about a genius kind of killer who places his victims in deadly traps and if they survive, they come out changed – for the better is open to debate.  Since Saw III though, Jigsaw has been dead (if you’re reading this, you shoulda already seen the previous films, and if not then what are you doing here?), and so we have the newer films based mostly on the Jigsaw’s past, his ex-wife and flashbacks to the previous films with new information revealed we didn’t previously see.  In this one we follow Jigsaw apprentace Hoffman as he continues Jigsaw’s work whilst another cop is hot on his trail.  Add to this another group of hapless individuals trapped in a series of puzzle filled rooms – and again this is clever, graphically twisted and complex horror as we have come to expect from the series.

Some more stuff is revealed on what Jigsaw is all about and his methods, but just like Saw IV, more questions are again raised with no real answers given (like what’s in the box?).  This is a better entry into the series than 4 mainly down to some fiendish puzzles and a great twist.  Hoffman is brilliantly creepy replacement for Jigsaw himself, and its all very nail biting, turn away from the screen nasty entertianment. 

It’s a money spinner for sure, and on this evidence the whole thing could go on forever, and whilst it remains very well made – the inital idea is now getting very old…so come on Saw makers, end it now.  Before you ruin it completely.

Verdict: 3 /5

Saw IV

Viewed – 30 October 2007  Cinema

Just in time for Halloween, I find myself sitting down to view the latest entry in my favourite horror franchise, SAW.  Now the previous three all scored admirably and as I wasn’t quite sure if a fourth film was really necessary, after viewing this I think the whole saga does need to finish now.  I hear there is a fifth entry on the cards though, and the ending here does hint at further continuation – yet I also feel anymore Saw is about to turn one of the freshest ideas in the genre, ultimately stale.

(Warning:  Spoilers!!  if not viewed past Saw films):  Jigsaw, the genuis killer who places his victims in elaborate traps in a hope to change their way of life by forcing them to face death – is dead, yet his games continue as a world wiery cop struggles to track down a missing detective before its too late.  What we have here also, apart from a new, complex game is an origins story, which is much needed and adds plenty to the previous films (something each sequel has done in some shape or form), but as a genius architect, Jigsaw’s reasons to become a maniacle psychopath aren’t entirely convincing.  Seeing Jigsaw’s more human side is engrossing none the less.  Add to this some clever traps, some teeth-gnashingly nasty gore (a blonde being scalped for example), and this still works – even if the twist that is par of the course with this franchise doesn’t have the massive wallop of the other films and even seems to be re-using old ideas.  That said this is still gut-churning, clever and mostly gripping – but by the end, I was even becoming bored with Jigsaw and wished that droning voice of his would just quit now – once and for all.

Verdict:  3 /5