Saw V

Theatrical Release: October 24, 2008
Saw V


In this latest installment of the “Saw” series, the truth about Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and his apprentices is further revealed. The movie begins where “Saw IV” ended but includes many flashbacks to the previous films. Trying to fill in the gaps as much as possible, while leaving some questions still unanswered for “Saw VI”. It also has many twists and turns that have made this series popular.

As for the story line, Detective Hoffman is revealed to be Jigsaw’s first apprentice. He agrees to join Jigsaw to avoid being exposed for a murder he committed to avenge his sister death. Hoffman staged the murder to look like a Jigsaw crime, hoping to get away with it. Jigsaw knows Hoffman did it, so he abducts him and blackmails him into coming along with him. After Jigsaw’s death, Hoffman tries to clean up the lose ends (kill everyone off) while having himself labeled a hero for killing Jigsaw and saving a little girl from “Saw IV”.

On the flip side, after escaping from a trap in which he was to die, Special FBI Agent Strahm begins to put the pieces together as to who might be helping the deceased Jigsaw carry out his sick and misguided ways. In the end, he realizes that Hoffman was responsible and goes after him. Unfortunately for Strahm, he makes a poor decision, resulting in his death in a Hoffman trap.

Dove Review

I knew exactly what I was going to get when I went to see “Saw V”. As with its predecessors, there is an excessive amount of blood, guts, and torture. But that was expected. Though not as good (but equally horrific) as the first two movies, “Saw V” leaves a few clues for the audience that hint at what will eventually be “Saw VI” plot lines.

Just like its ancestors, “Saw V” is in no way a family-friendly movie and cannot be awarded the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: More than enough: F-30; S- 4; H-1; JC/C-5; A-2; SOB-1. I could have missed a few, but you get the point.
Violence: Where to start? This movie, like all in this series, is extremely gory and violent. Almost every scene in this hour and a half movie contains blood and/or guts. From dismembered bodies, torture, to decapitation, severed limbs, crushing bones, etc. it's all there.
Drugs: Smoking; drinking; discussion of drug use.
Nudity: A shirtless man.
Other: None


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan
Director: David Hackl
Producer: Mark Burg
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Scott Dykhuizen