Saw V

Saw V ★½

"I got you!"

[Unrated Cut]

My least fave in the franchise, primarily consisting of 70% flashbacks, 20% awfully retouched cloudy digital lighting, and 10% cool trap kills (pendulum, glass coffin). It does try to begin balancing the tedious and almost impossible to comfortably follow investigative subplot with a return to actual torture group challenges. It's just so difficult to differentiate so many elements by now, and this entry easily looks the worst. My friend and I are genuinely baffled at where the $10.8m budget went, because this looks like a lesser episode of some hit primetime show. It says a lot when the director's DTVOD John Travolta film, Life on the Line, was a better more cohesive time.

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