Sound Off: Saw V - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
October 24, 2008
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? For the fifth straight year in a row, Lionsgate has brought us another new twisted Saw movie. This year we're up to Saw V and following the crazy reveal at the end of Saw IV last year, it was anyone's guess as to what would happen next. Did it improve upon Saw IV or was it the worst in the series? Were the traps better or worse than the previous films? And most importantly, what's going to happen next? Was anyone annoyed that this just seemed to be a filler movie setting up Saw VI? Sound off below, leave your thoughts, and let us know what you thought of Saw V.
Beware of spoilers below! To fuel the fire, I actually thought Saw V was one of the best in the series so far. It was a definite step up from Saw IV, but not as good as Saw II, in my own opinion. I loved the mix of investigation with Agent Strahm as well as the room-to-room game with the five victims, just because we got to sample some of everything from past films. But I'm curious as to what all of this meant? So we know Hoffman is still involved. But what was in the box that Jill picked up? Was the head FBI guy, Erickson, the next big victim? Despite these questions, I still thought it was one of the better Saw entries.
What did you think of Saw V? What's next? Did you believe how it ended?
Reader Feedback - 40 Comments
this movie was probably the the most predictable SAW film, although i enjoyed the flashback scenes that we saw th ending was the weakest ending of the SAW franchise. Saw II was probably still the worst film, although this one did a great job of keeping us interested so we'll come back for SAW VI, and VII through to XII why not?, and to go with your spoiler, didn't the movie suggesst that jigsaws amazingly hot wife Jill was in on it with dectective Hoffman, with helping setting up Strahm? im not sure that was the set up for number VI. The mix of scenes between the detectives and the room-to-room game was good but i thought the tests were very week, not sure if intentional because it was Hoffman and not Jigsaw so his quality wasn't as great. There were some week traps that i wont spoil. Also Julie Benz' character and Erikson i beleive will be the characters in the VI.
rossco on Oct 24, 2008
i liked that the saw movies are becoming more and more story-driven. i think saw II was the most useless out of the whole series, and i was worried saw V would head that route (gimmicky traps). saw V tied up alot of loose ends and headed in directions that i'm glad they answered questions about, even though it probably wasn't needed (det hoffman helping out jigsaw as far back as saw I, and flashbacks to saw III since that one seemed really disconnected from the series). i also like that number 5 has helped w/ shifting the series in a new direction. what i mean by that is that number 5 didn't seem so driven on the backstory of jigsaw. we are focusing on post-jigsaw material. since the saw series is like a puzzle, i'm trying my best to figure out the connection the people in the traps have overall, besides the internal connections mentioned in the film. w/ not saying too much, my guess is that they may have something to do w/ the seemingly failed business deal between jigsaw and his lawyer. (i'm not a 'saw' junkie so my theory may seem weak to some). all-in-all, a good film. most will think this was a weak storyline, but it's a mind game series. those watching for pure entertainment and no knowledge of the whole story will feel really lost. if so, watch the past four, first.
J: on Oct 24, 2008
saw V, more than any of the previous movies gave the feel that they are really flying by the seat of their pants. The story seemed forced and predictable, and the traps left something to be desired. jigsaw's wife seems to be a loose piece that will prob flow into saw VI. hopefully they can bring back the thought provoking piece that saw V seems to have lost.
dparfitt on Oct 24, 2008
hey i just wanted to say that this is an amazing site and i check almost everyday for updates, well now to talk about this movie, i thought it was awesome, i was at the edge of my seat the whole movie, i loved it, and that is my opinion i thought it was the best so far, others might think the opposite. one thing that i was questioning myself and my family was that in saw iv it ended with the detective listening to the tape, and since we know in this one that he was with jigsaw since saw i, why did he said in saw iv that the games had just begun for him, since he had been with him before? i hope someone can tell me (if you get what im asking) or maybe i missed it, i dont know
J on Oct 24, 2008
Enough already. We need a new horror franchise, and we need it now.
Disappointed on Oct 24, 2008
I just don't understand why they had to try and connect Hoffman to every single film. I really wanted this SAW to be good, but sadly I think it's Game Over for the series:(
Jace on Oct 24, 2008
Getting sick of the JigSaw protege shit. Stop making these movies, they are the same thing over and over. Why does this get release but "Trick R Treat" doesnt? Oh because its guaranteed money in the bank. Ug.
bret on Oct 25, 2008
I thought it was amazing but was mainly to set up for SAW VI. The movies are going somewhere, and I think the lame twist was made up by the gruesome traps.
Leland on Oct 25, 2008
1st one: Great OMG OMG 2nd one: Wow..ok, cool 3rd one: Well it's ok i guess 4th one: Huh? He...he died like 2 parts ago right?! Wth!?
sng. Sheep on Oct 25, 2008
I thought this one was definately watchable, but I really don't like how that dude Hoffman is the new Jigsaw. It really sucks because Jigsaw is such a great character, has such a great presence. But the traps were great in this one. Dexter's girlfriend seemed to know way too much about the traps. Also, Strahm's dialogue to himself was so cheesy, like "HE HELPED HIM ALL ALONG?!?!" and shit. But it was definately a good watch.
crowbarmark on Oct 25, 2008
oaky what i think is that...jigsaw wife is playing with everyone.. She is going to be the big thing like Jigsaw was.
Lie07 on Oct 25, 2008
saw 1 is the only good one it's the only one that revels in the story and acting and emotion rather than the violence. Saw is actually a good film. The rest of them are just an excuse to put some bloodlust on the screen
Josh on Oct 25, 2008
I just have not liked the series period. Since the very first saw, the writing makes the bad guy seem smart by making everybody else an idiot, hence allowing him to be ahead of everyone. I mean c'mon who leaves his partner after he has been cut in the neck to go chase the bad guy. The detectives don't even follow a basic rookie police officer approach to the case. Anyways the list goes on, the end of this is that it comes out as a gory movie series trying to be smart. But if you want fantasy than I guess it works.
eddie adyr on Oct 25, 2008
Terrible, terrible, terrible is all I can say
C on Oct 25, 2008
I haven't seen this one and I am unlikely to see it, so can someone tell me how it ends so I judge whether I can believe it or not? Thanks
Kaiser on Oct 25, 2008
with 14 on this one. i saw the first which i thought was really great, then the second was ruined for me by a buddy. which actually saved me 12 bucks so i guess i can thank him. i never saw three or four because it feels like the studio is beating a dead horse. someone please prove me wrong here. was it really that great a film? should i endure the second through the fourth before seeing five?
that guy on Oct 25, 2008
#15 I like all sorts of movies, including art house cinema. I think the Saw movies are solid pieces of entertainment. Saw IV and V are definately the weak ones, but Saw 1, 2, and 3 are solid. Tobin Bell is a great anti-hero. But the torture aspect of the films is what turns people off. Saw, when it came out, was a completely original work, which is what made it additionally great. You should see the second and third is all I'm saying. Saw IV and V, I could live without.
crowbarmark on Oct 25, 2008
I have to say I was underwhelmed. I was expecting a bit more horror and gore. You really didn't get the EWW factor in this movie. SAW V played more like a drama than a Horror flick. Hopefully SAW VI will return to the seat of your pants takes a little longer to fall asleep that the other movies had.
James on Oct 25, 2008
thestaton on Oct 25, 2008
And the story continues...
PopcornOnline.net on Oct 25, 2008
#17 Fuck did you watch the trap with the guy forcing his hand through the saw to get the pints of blood? jesus christ, no gore......your full of shit
Evan on Oct 25, 2008
hey alex, how about a review for everyone. firstshowingdotnet is lacking alot of reviews these days.
Ck on Oct 25, 2008
Ok saw 1 was kinda cool but they made 5 of these. lets face it these movies r'nt no hellraisers , freddys's etc. It just one halloween cash in after another ....yawn
BadKarma on Oct 25, 2008
i was baked and i thought it sucked
a-dog on Oct 25, 2008
i also missed billy, and his tricycle, just the tapes wasn't enough...
rossco on Oct 25, 2008
i think jigsaws wife is probably above everything. she left the note on the desk for hoffman. in the box was something telling her about everything and lead her to go to the head fbi guy and start the set up on strham. jigsaw gave hoffman the files on the five people and told him he wouldnt understand it at the time but it would all play out for him. jigsaw knew what his wife would do and knew what hoffman would do and strahm ended up dead.
Keith on Oct 25, 2008
i'm with #6. i went in with so-so expectations and the movie exceeded them mainly because of the plotline which was interesting. i really found only two problems though the problems are a main piece of the movie. the traps in saw have really become almost laughable. except for the opening scene which was a good trap, the i found the audience and myself almost laughing at all the traps. ever since the first Saw and up to the point where the crazy guy throws amanda into the pit of needles in Saw 2(lol), the traps have pretty much sucked and been really gay. examples: donnie whalbergs character getting his head squished like a watermelon, all the traps from Saw V except the first one, etc... I also with #6 didn't like how the tried to tie Hoffman into all the previous movies. But im still a fan and i will tune in next halloween and what looks like the 11 halloweens after that.
jim on Oct 26, 2008
it explain alot 2 me because it tells that there was someone else helping jigsaw besides amanda. so it question's if th 6th will be evn better
richie on Oct 26, 2008
Saw 1: Lots of surprising twists. I enjoyed this movie. Saw 2: Movie was OK. I was expecting the twist. Saw 3: Predictable and awful. All they do now is to try to make you feel sick. Saw 4: Waste of time. These movies are turning into B movies. Saw 5: They are just dragging this on to make more money. It is almost repetitive. For me watching Saw 1 is enough. Its the best one, and if you have seen it, you have seen it all. When I first saw Saw 1, the history and whether they will catch the killer interested me. That interest is gone.
Beetle on Oct 26, 2008
im not watching this until till halloween night. im gonna trick r treat on the way there and eat the candy in the theater, but i just wanted to show sum support for saw 2. lets not even count the first saw, cuz that was in a league of its own. it wwas not like the others in the sense that it was actually a stand alone film. it wasn;t about traps, it was about substance and it wasn't only a horror movie, but a thinking man's movie. but how could any of you like saw 3 or 4 over 2. what was so great about the next 2 and so bad about #2. i just dont get it. it had a great twist, not too much gore, and a great side story with donnie don as the cop and his relationship with his son. saw 3 and 4 actraully look low bugeted and the acting was really bad. also the flashbacks kinda ruined it for me. if any1 can tell mem y saw 2 as so awful, tell me, cuz id really like to know btw, the movie was really a set-up?? that's it?! and what about the twist? nuthin good there, c'mon. well, i still feel obligated to see it, even tho from what u guys are saying it is gonna blow
LeeMan on Oct 26, 2008
All this film happened to be was a flashback of how they pulled off all the traps in the first four movies with Hoffman along side Jigsaw. That's all it was....a further explanation of how the first four movies worked.....if you are a big enough dolt to not understand how they could have done that, then they made a movie just for you called Saw V. Also, Hoffman's turn....seriously? I would have liked a little more weight there. He went along with Jigsaw too damn easily. There was no inner conflict with his decision to help. He doesn't have the same perspective as Jigsaw, hence he cannot have the same appreciation of redemption. If they're gonna make him some serial killing ass, then that's fine, but the substance to Jigsaw's character lies within his hope for a second chance. Hoffman just takes pleasure in watching people fail.
somnambulist on Oct 26, 2008
Alex sometimes i wonder if you are retarded. Saw 1 Good story....Good Movie Saw 2 No story.....Terribly Movie Just tried to gross us out. Saw 3 Better story....Good Movie....excellent setup for 4 Saw 4 Better story....Good movie...great tie in to 3 Saw 5 Good story....Terrible Ending..... Yes the previous 2 saw movies left things open. But they also had endings to them. The ending in this one was terrible. The story with the people in his trap was predictable. Which made the characters in it idiots that they couldnt see it. The story with hoffman and the agent was good but a let down in the end. How did his death even fit into how Jigsaw likes things to happen? He was given a choice but it wasnt something he was struggling with. Join me or die? Thats stupid.
heckle0 on Oct 26, 2008
save your money and go see "let the right one in" if you can. i just saw it and it was great
ralph on Oct 26, 2008
let me just say that i think that SAW V was soooo super awesome. :)))) it was definitely one of the best SAW movies so far, i mean...the story just keeps getting deeper and more intricate. i am very excited to see what is gonna come next, like what was in the box that Jigsaw left his ex-wife Jill? i bet you she is going to play a major role in the next movie. and the ending was sick, i love how whenever someone is told to do or not do something....they do the complete opposite! hahahaha. so the agent deserved what was coming for him, he should have played by the rules. notice how when you dont follow the rules you die? hence amanda. but yeah, the next movie is gonna be tight 🙂
lalafrog2003 on Oct 27, 2008
saw movies are masterpices all of em... tobin bell is supurb 2 3 4 5 1 all are fantastic
ken on Nov 1, 2008
You all have missed a critical part of V. At the end of IV is the autopsy. At the beginning of V (near) is the autopsy again. Imagine this....I believe that the recording from John's stomach is heard by Hoffman AFTER he has trapped and killed Strahm, hence the end of V, NOT the beginning. This would explain why Hoffman hears that HIS game has just begun....keep in mind the box that Jill had from John. Keep in mind, while Hoffman is doing his thing with the events that happen in V, John is on the gurney dying with the female surgeon. You all need to look a little closer to the WHOLE picture (I thru V). I also read here someone believes that the producers/writers never intended this to be a series...bahhhhh....you must have just fallen off the turnip truck. You think they are just shooting from the hip? These guys are brilliant and I can guarentee you that the next 2 movies will be by far the best. The movies are designed to keep you guessing and IMO that is exactly what you all are doing....
James on Nov 6, 2008
I've read through every comment on this site, and I can't believe a lot of the comments made here. First off, I really enjoyed SAW V and felt that it continued the story nicely an dit gave us some back ground on Detective Hoffman, but if anyone had been watching SAW III, it was there that he tipped his hat as to being Jogsaw's accomplice. I agree with #2 that the SAW movies are becoming more story driven. Sorry #7, but they can't stop making the SAW movies until the story is finished. All the SAW movies are linked an donce finished everyone will be able to understand the entire story completely. But if you miss a movie, then you wont be able to tell what is going on. Y'now #23, James Wan and Kevin Whannel couldn't have picked a better day to bring out the SAW movies. #27, I do believe that SAW VI iwll answer any quetsions that have been left over since SAW III, like what was written on that letter to Amanda, what was in that box to Jill Tuck, etc. Greg The SAW JUNKIE
SAW JUNKIE on Mar 12, 2009
I've read through every comment on this site, and I can't believe a lot of the comments made here. First off, I really enjoyed SAW V and felt that it continued the story nicely an dit gave us some back ground on Detective Hoffman, but if anyone had been watching SAW III, it was there that he tipped his hat as to being Jogsaw's accomplice. I agree with #2 that the SAW movies are becoming more story driven. Sorry #7, but they can't stop making the SAW movies until the story is finished. All the SAW movies are linked an donce finished everyone will be able to understand the entire story completely. But if you miss a movie, then you wont be able to tell what is going on. Y'now #23, James Wan and Kevin Whannel couldn't have picked a better day to bring out the SAW movies. #27, I do believe that SAW VI will answer any quetsions that have been left over since SAW III, like what was written on that letter to Amanda, what was in that box to Jill Tuck, etc. Greg The SAW JUNKIE
SAW JUNKIE on Mar 12, 2009
I've read through every comment on this site, and I can't believe a lot of the comments made here. First off, I really enjoyed SAW V and felt that it continued the story nicely an dit gave us some back ground on Detective Hoffman, but if anyone had been watching SAW III, it was there that he tipped his hat as to being Jogsaw's accomplice. I agree with #2 that the SAW movies are becoming more story driven. Sorry #7, but they can't stop making the SAW movies until the story is finished. All the SAW movies are linked an donce finished everyone will be able to understand the entire story completely. But if you miss a movie, then you wont be able to tell what is going on. Y'now #23, the creators of SAW couldn't have picked a better day to bring out the SAW movies. #27, I do believe that SAW VI will answer any quetsions that have been left over since SAW III, like what was written on that letter to Amanda, what was in that box to Jill Tuck, etc. Greg The SAW JUNKIE
SAW JUNKIE on Mar 12, 2009
If anyone is wondering whats in the box that Jigsaw left for his wife, it was a letter that Jigsaw wrote. It tells her that Jigsaw took one of her eggs and used his sperm to make a child, and it has a picture of the child. It also says that their child will carry on Jigsaws work. I'm not 100% sure, but thats the general outline, my details may be a bit off. But, thats basically it.
Random Saw Fan on Oct 15, 2009
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