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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Dullest film in series is still brutal and bloody.
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Rotten: Woefully ponderous, convoluted and improbable.
- Ben Rayner, Toronto Star, Monday, October 27, 2008
Rotten: Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.
- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, October 30, 2008
Rotten: The torture devices, once so fiendishly adapted to each offender, have become generic excuses to spatter gore. The script is insultingly lazy, and inept direction from newcomer David Hackl hardly helps.
- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Friday, October 24, 2008
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
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
it was okay. it wasn't bad but it wasn't great. it was entertaining when the group of people were going through the traps. the problem was that when the people went through a trap (which only last a couple minutes each) it would go to the side story with agent hoffman and focused on that way to much and that part of the story is boring and there aren't that many traps. after a little while it would go back to the characters going through the traps and it would get interesting again. during the last 20 minutes the movie really picked up and was entertaing on both stories as they came together so it had a good ending. overall it's okay. it has good moments and I liked the movie but not a lot. it's nothing special. C+
- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010