Saw V (2008)

saw v poster 2008 movie
5.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 4/10
Visuals: 6/10

Some clever deaths

Not a very good sequel

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Saw V

Studio:  Twisted Pictures

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  October 24, 2008

MPAA Rating:  R


Just like The Abyss…without the liquid oxygen

FBI agent Peter Strahm (Scott Patterson) has survived Jigsaw’s final trap. Convinced that Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) had a second follower, Peter is out to hunt down the hidden killer. Meanwhile Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) is following in Jigsaw’s footsteps and testing a new series of victims in a trap trying to determine how they are linked. As Strahm closes in on Hoffman, Straham doesn’t realize that he might be the one being tested.

Directed by first time director David Hackl, Saw V was released to poor reviews but huge box office returns (though it didn’t open at number one…a first for the series). Following Saw IV in 2007, an unrated director’s cut of Saw V was released, but rumors of a version with almost fifteen extra minutes never appeared.


I got you, sucka!!!

In terms of Saw movies, Saw V isn’t a very good one. I’m not huge on the Saw fan-bus, but this Saw was even worse than some of the other films. Despite the original being pointed out as “the best” of the series, I put this film around the same level as the first Saw film since the plot of this film really goes nowhere and doesn’t do much to develop the overall story.

One thing nice about the Saw franchise is that each film furthers the bigger story. Saw V feels like more of a throw back. Most of the film involves flashbacks which reveal how Mark Hoffman became Jigsaw’s follower. It includes flashback from within the other films, but doesn’t really do too much to enrich the stories. The ending with Straham’s set-up is predictable and the poster’s proclamation that “You won’t believe how it ends” really, really isn’t accurate.


Just stick your arm in…I swear it will tickle

With a so-so story, at least there are some clever “Saw” style deaths. The gauntlet being run by Laura Gordon, Carlos Rota, Meagan Good, Greg Bryk, and Julie Benz has some good deaths and crazy traps. I continue to question some of the “victims” decisions when faced by the traps, but at least they can argue that they only made the decisions they made under time constraints.

Saw V shows a bit of a slowdown in the series. A weaker story and a less interesting villain creates a problem for the franchise. The movie continues to be successful, so sequels continue to be pumped out, but Saw V shows some chinks in the armor. Saw V was followed by Saw VI in 2009.

Related Links:

Saw (2004)

Saw II (2005)

Saw III (2006)

Saw IV (2007)

Saw VI (2009)

Saw 3D (2010)

Jigsaw (2017)

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