While the Saw enterprise has easily made a mark as the decade’s premier horror series, after a viewing the fifth installment, many may wonder when a new franchise will take the reigns.

Saw V practically begins where Saw IV left off.  Therefore, if you haven’t seen any of the other films in the series your pretty much shit out of luck on figuring out what the hell is going on.  So I would recommend sitting down for a viewing of the third and fourth films at the very least.

That being said, this installment centers around Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) continuing the work of Jigsaw.  This time, with Agent Strahm(Scott Patterson) returning to uncover his secret.  While this end of the story plays out, we are introduced to five new people that are trapped in a deadly game set up by Hoffman.

From there the film seems to take the series’ familiar road of alternating back and forth between the two plot lines.  This time around, the game only seems to serve as a filler to give the audience the deathtrap scenarios that the series is known for.  If there is meant to be any connection between the story-lines, it is lost in a barrage of flashbacks that do nothing but seem to showcase the path that led Hoffman to becoming Jigsaw’s secret apprentice.  And when I say lost in flashbacks, I mean it.  There are so many flashbacks I am surprised they decided against titling it “The Best of Saw“.

The film does it’s job with being dark, bloody, and adding in a few plot twists to keep things slightly fresh.  However, with the film’s open-ended conclusion I do wonder if the writers will have to reinvent the series to  keep the audience coming back for the next installment(s).

Also, Lionsgate posted a “Making of Saw V” video on Youtube. Check it out!

Behind the Scenes of Saw V