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Saw V

In the fifth installment of the SAW franchise, Detective 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.

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common sense

4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5

Dullest film in series is still brutal and bloody.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this "torture porn" horror movie is full of graphic, grisly violence that combines sadistic terror with state-of-the-art makeup and effects. Lots characters are killed in lots of ways, all very graphically and all shown on screen. There are flashbacks to deaths and violence from earlier films in the Saw series and extensive use of crime scene photographs showing dead bodies. There's also some strong language (including "f--k"), but the majority of the film involves sadistic brutality crafted by the film's villain as a series of "games" -- like a sequence in which characters trapped in a room with a bomb must volunteer to place their arms in a box with a saw so their blood will fill a jar; when filled, the jar will trigger the door that leads to safety. That's just one example; there are many, many more.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why people are drawn to violent and sadistic films. What is their appeal? Also, is there an artistic difference between a well-made gory film and a badly made one? Is there a moral or ethical difference? Families can also discuss the ongoing popularity of the Saw series -- are the producers just giving people what they want, or bleeding a cash cow?

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2 stars

The series has definitely run out of gas, proving that killing Jigsaw in the third film was a big mistake. Most of what we see here is nothing else than a ridiculous rehash of the previous films, and the ending doesn't come close to the brilliance of those in the first two.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, November 13, 2010

4 stars

The great story of Hoffman, the coolest character in the series next to Jigsaw. Actually, in a lot of ways he's better than Jigsaw. His tomfoolery is even greater and he has more rage to fuel his deathtraps. Not only did he manage to set up manipulation schemes with his Teacher, he managed to do so with the local police and FBI. He is a truly worthy Heir to the throne. This movie is really fun if you're a fan, it doesn't disappoint in any way.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, October 23, 2010

3 stars

Come on people, let's be honest...these films stoped being "scary" after the second installment. And at no point was I expecting "Masterpiece Theater" from the franchise. So rather then trying to be snooty about it, just enjoy it for what it is. After all, at this point it's all about how interesting / horific the "traps" are and the cringe factor involved with getting out of them. They made an admirable attempt in this one to create a "sideways" timeline of events that were supposedly taking place at the same time as those we witnessed in Saw 4. Is it fun and interesting? - Sure. Is it totally realistic and maticulously thought out? - Not so much. But this is the 5th installment in a HORROR FILM FRANCHISE! You're foolish to expect "completely innovative and totally shocking" at this point. In a nutshell: - if you didn't like saw 4 (or 1, 2 and 3 for that mattter)...don't bother seeing this. - if your expecting some sudden influx of an amazing / innovative storyline on this the 5th installment...don't bother seeing this. - if you are capable of suspending disbelief and find the (sometimes) gut wrenching "traps" and the gory escapes they induce worthy of a tense / creeped out viewing...then enjoy.

- RCCLBC, Thursday, October 21, 2010