I first watched Saw V over a month ago at midnight, the night before it’s opening. The room was full of people that cheered during the bloodletting, I wasn’t nearly as thrilled. (You know it’s bad when you were more thrilled watching the Friday the 13th trailer reboot!)
The only way Saw V can properly be reviewed is to compare it to the other Saw films, because as movies they really in no way stand on their own. Where one leaves off the next picks up right from. Only now there’s so little story to tell they have to wrap back around on themselves and fill in the blanks from all of the other movies so the current model can make any sort of sense. And why this loop-de-loop style of storytelling, one because they are very good storytellers. Two, because they killed their title character Jigsaw, played by the wonderful Tobin Bell (who lends an actorly spark to a series that in no way deserves it) two episodes ago. That’s right, Jigsaw is only seen through a number of flashbacks given to us in that Memento style of parallel storytelling.