Saw V snaps, slices and explodes its way into being the most unnecessary chapter thus far. When films in a franchise start merging into one ball of confusion, enough is enough. This fifth instalment is the exact same as 'Saw IV', 'Saw III' and 'Saw II'. Heck, throw in the original as well. The structure hasn't changed! It's so forgettable, that halfway through I had a revelation. I actually watched this before! I kid you not, it got to about trap number two and all of sudden I was thinking "hang on...doesn't she whack him and leave him for dead?". And there, right before my eyes, she whacks him and leaves him for dead. Saw V. Five times the "excitement", five times the déjà vu. Kramer's true accomplice must conceal his identity and does whatever he can to maintain his secret.
Oh, and there's five seemingly linked strangers surviving through four challenges until one is left standing. This sequel is so pointless that the traditional franchise aspect, y'know the meticulous traps and gory shenanigans, were sidelined for a storyline that literally had no substance. I can't begin to describe it, it's that frustratingly tedious. And don't forget about the flashbacks! Those expositional scenes of pace-killing rubbish that now attempt to explain the entirety of the series! Haven't seen the previous four films? Well don't worry! Whip out your blood-soaked notebook, your fancy ballpoint pen and get writing. This film has you covered. Every previous twist, mystery, identity and genuine piece of horror excitement all explained. Was I watching a legitimate sequel or a fan-made recap?
The acting was non-existent, except for Bell who yet again retains his commanding presence. The haphazard editing remains. The traps are even less inspired now more than ever, with focus on teamwork instead of selfish acts that these individuals relish in. There is no "i" in "team", but there is "i" in "stupid frickin' nonsensical piece of pointlessness". Pass me a coping saw. A hacksaw. A chainsaw. Anything sharp! Let this series end now. Was there even a final plot twist? My God. This film may have broken tradition!