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  • Summary: In the fifth installment of the SAW franchise, Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends. (Lionsgate)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 9 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Jan 27, 2013
    50
    Hackl weaves scenes from the previous films into this one in clever ways, without adding to the confusion. The director also does a good job of maintaining the dark tone, which includes FBI offices that look as if they're being illuminated by night-lights, and dungeons that look as if you'd catch a venereal disease or two just by touching the door handles.
  2. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    42
    The production values have become so horror-movie shoddy that Saw V has more in common with kitsch like "Friday the 13th Part V" than the original "Saw."
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Mendelson
    40
    This is easily the smallest-scale of the sequels, and it has the feeling of a massively shrunken budget.
  4. 25
    Devotes so much time and energy to flashbacks and recycling footage from its predecessors that it threatens to implode.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.
  6. 10
    Skips back and forth in time, trying to piece together who did what, when and why. The only question really worth asking here: Who cares?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 77
  2. Negative: 27 out of 77
  1. Nov 8, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I believe this was one of the best saw movies, it demonstrated what a human being would do in situations effectively. It has us on the edge of our seat on who will be the last man standing and sums up with an excellent twist. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2011
    8
    Actually pretty good, Finally a film that focused more on acting then on horror. David Hackl did a wonderful job as director and its a shame he didnt do anymore films. The acting was good and the leads were great. The traps were not that scary (the final one was though) but it had a greater overall meaning then pretty much any other trap in the series. Overall it was pretty good. Expand
  3. Feb 9, 2012
    8
    Mandylor and Patterson have an amazing back and forth (similar to Bell and Wahlberg in Saw 2) and it works perfectly through out the film. The traps are not scary though, Rather generic imo as well but the story behind the plot is interesting. The general plot (outside the traps) is interesting as well. What makes this film so good is Mandylor and Patterson, Its a must watch just to see the two of them go against each other. Collapse
  4. Oct 19, 2010
    6
    it won't bring new fans to the franchise, but Saw V is definitely worth a try.
  5. Mar 4, 2014
    4
    If you thought the last one of series was bad get ready for this one. This movie has two stories that do not relate to each other whatsoever. Similar to the last one there is a story that uncovers the truth of the Jigsaw character and another where people are in his games. There is little known about that characters or their background especially those involved in the game. The other story again displays that hard police work is somehow a negative. Those who work the hardest and get closer to solving the case seem to suspect number one. Also for all those gore fans out there, this has less gore and it is under budget. Bad story, bad characters, bad actors, bad pacing gives this movie a 41.4 out of 100. Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2012
    4
    Repeated instalments do little to lessen the impact of Jigsaw's "games", and new director David Hackl (promoted from his previous position as the franchise production designer) makes every scene look appropriately unpleasant. The new villain, ex-cop Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) who has adopted Jigsaw's mantle, is far less scary, and a little bland in comparison to the layered and complex original Jigsaw and his terrifying protege Amanda. The explanation for Hoffman's monstrous actions are also not particularly satisfying or convincing - seemingly we're just meant to accept that he kills people because he had a bad day. Tobin Bell's scenes in flashback, a staple of the series since his character's death, are still the highlight, the cherry on top of a rather underwhelming cake. The victims in this film are all thoroughly unlikeable, two-dimensional and annoying, and you'll probably be begging for them to be killed off more rapidly. The plot generally holds your attention, and meets the quota for grisly thrills, but it doesn't advance the main story of the series very far, feeling more like Saw 4.5 than an entirely new installment, and the attempts by writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan at social commentary is laughable. At least the ending of the film is decent, and while not as unexpected as the first film's brilliant finale, it is at least visually striking and memorable, and allows Mandylor to to prove he has the potential to develop into a more frightening horror movie villain in the future. Though it still delivers what you watch a Saw film for - gore and unpleasantness, Saw V is largely forgettable, though it is a step up from the hugely inconsistent Saw IV. I find myself quite sad that series creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell have reduced their involvement to that of executive producers, as their energy, warped creativity and tight control over their intellectual property is sorely missed. Expand
  7. Nov 21, 2010
    2
    Fails explicitly to live up to the success of the third, the franchise has now tumbled into what it was trying to avoid to be in the first place - pure, narcissistic blood-gushing torture porn. The moral of the story is now overlooked and almost neglected, and each scene is all about wanting to please the mentally-unstable gore fans. Expand

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