1 hour, 32 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director David Hackl and first assistant director Steve Webb; Audio commentary with producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg and executive producers Peter Block and Jason Constantine; The pendulum trap; The cube trap; The coffin trap; The fatal five; Slicing the Cube: editing the cube trap; Theatrical trailer
Tobin Bell ... Jigsaw / John
Costas Mandylor ... Det. Hoffman
Scott Patterson ... Agent Strahm
Betsy Russell ... Jill
Julie Benz ... Brit
Meagan Good ... Luba
Mark Rolston ... Dan Erickson
Carlo Rota ... Charles
|In this 4th sequel, Saw V,
begins with a bang, killing one of Jigsaw’s victims in one of his
elaborate traps, although there is one major difference. This time, the
victim of the trap does what is required to free himself from the trap, crippling himself, but alive. But the trap doesn’t stop there.
The victim is executed, and the message is made clear - this
isn’t the same Jigsaw killer we’ve been exposed to in previous years since the real Jigsaw (Tobin Bell "Saw") was killed off in Saw III. Saw IV managed to tell a pretty good story despite an absentee villain, but Saw V doesn’t do it quite as well.
The story has Detective Hoffman (Costas
Mandylor "Beowolf"), the only surviving character from the previous films, as a surrogate for Jigsaw. As in the previous films, there's a group of
people trapped inside a series of rooms, each with one of Jigsaw’s
traps designed to play off their weaknesses. As the people continue to die inside, outside the police and FBI proceed on a
vigorous search, only this time nobody is searching for the missing people, they're just looking for the missing detective. And Hoffman has to use all his training as a detective to do away with anything or anyone, that might expose him.
It seems like maybe the franchise has run its course, because it seems to be out of decent ideas of where
to go with the story. Between the revisionist history, the disconnected
storylines, and traps that really don’t feel up to the same disturbed
creative level of the previous films, Saw V, directed by a former production designer David Hack, is a
real disappointment. Either that, or maybe it's just a
reminder that the Haloween candy you remember from years gone by was never as good as you thought
it was when you first tasted it.