Saw V sees Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) track Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), Jigsaw’s final apprentice, and how he went from police officer to Jigsaw’s Protégé. Meanwhile, another group of strangers find themselves forced together when they wake up in another classic Saw trap. They work their way through a series of deadly games whilst they try to piece together the puzzle of why they have been brought together.
Saw V continues on from the previous films, filling in the gaps from III and IV, so by this point it helps to have seen the previous films. Saw fans will be satisfied: it is, if possible, even gorier than the others, and the deadly games are more brutally inventive than ever.
However, the plot feels overcrowded. The characters in the trap feel like a tagged on subplot to inject some extra gore into the main story threading it’s way through the franchise: of Jigsaw and his legacy. This is a shame, because if either plot were more fully developed this film would be excellent.
Saw V is still an interesting film, and there is still plenty of tension and fear, despite loosing some of the simplicity of the previous films that made you engage with the characters. Like the preceding films it keeps you guessing, and often surprises you with intriguing and clever plot twists. Saw V will delight fans of the franchise.
Director: David Hackl
Stars: Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor and Tobin Bell
Release Date: 24 October 2008 (UK)