When it's over, death by pendulum sets the tone for this fifth instalment of the jigsaw murders. Two stories overlap as five new victims fall prey to gruesome traps; and Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) is determined to prove Lt. Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) is Jigsaw's new apprentice. I'm not a fan of excessive gore, but given the title and history of the series, it is to be expected. There is no justice in the end, only the passing of the baton for future story lines. Picture quality and consistency is a big distraction as I find myself wondering if I am watching a syndicated television show or a film. I can't pinpoint the cause, but guess lighting may be the culprit. There are several jumps in the storyline going from past to present and vice versa, which leads to some confusion. However, the momentum is good and the suspense is definitely building, so if you just want an adrenaline rush, this film delivers. On an endnote, I'm curious to know what exactly is in the box left to Jigsaw's widow?
My rating: 2.5 out of 5
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