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Saw V

2009-01-16 12:43
What it's about:

FBI Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) continues the investigation he began in the previous film, only to wake up to find himself wearing a glass helmet filled with water. With a minimum of self-mutilation, he escapes and continues his investigation with the hunch that Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) is somehow involved in the new rash of killings. Before long, a new group of strangers wakes up in Jigsaw's lair to face a series of brutal tests, and Jigsaw's ex-wife, Jill, is given a mysterious box at the execution of his will.

What the critics thought:

"The death of nearly every character in the franchise isn't enough to prevent the makers from grinding out another edition of Saw. Could they just finish the job?"
- Alex Markerson, E! Online

"Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull."
- Claudia Puig, USA Today 

"Oh, Jigsaw. Here we go again. You kill. I doze off. Someone at the studio goes 'ka-ching!'"
- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

"The periodic traps set for five new victims, all linked by a rotten real-estate deal, are neither as terrifying nor as yucky as in the earlier films. The only real horror in these scenes, in fact, is the jaw-droppingly bad acting on display."
- Robert Koehler, Variety

"It's not a good sign when watching someone stick their hand into a table saw is easier than listening to them recite dialogue."
- Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times

Detective Hoffman and Agent Strahm clash as they each investigate the apparent continuation of the Jigsaw murders.

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