Viewed – 28 October 2008 Cinema
Well they keep making them, and I keep going to see them. Oh well, I admit it I love this franchise about a genius kind of killer who places his victims in deadly traps and if they survive, they come out changed – for the better is open to debate. Since Saw III though, Jigsaw has been dead (if you’re reading this, you shoulda already seen the previous films, and if not then what are you doing here?), and so we have the newer films based mostly on the Jigsaw’s past, his ex-wife and flashbacks to the previous films with new information revealed we didn’t previously see. In this one we follow Jigsaw apprentace Hoffman as he continues Jigsaw’s work whilst another cop is hot on his trail. Add to this another group of hapless individuals trapped in a series of puzzle filled rooms – and again this is clever, graphically twisted and complex horror as we have come to expect from the series.
Some more stuff is revealed on what Jigsaw is all about and his methods, but just like Saw IV, more questions are again raised with no real answers given (like what’s in the box?). This is a better entry into the series than 4 mainly down to some fiendish puzzles and a great twist. Hoffman is brilliantly creepy replacement for Jigsaw himself, and its all very nail biting, turn away from the screen nasty entertianment.
It’s a money spinner for sure, and on this evidence the whole thing could go on forever, and whilst it remains very well made – the inital idea is now getting very old…so come on Saw makers, end it now. Before you ruin it completely.
Verdict: 3 /5