Every Halloween for the past four or so years we have seen a new Saw film come out. Now that Saw V is here we already know that they have greenlit Saw 6. The franchise has managed to live on so long because I believe most people just want to see a horror film in October and Saw happens to be the one film that is always playing. Since Saw 2 I have felt the films have gone from bad to worse. Saw 4 was just awful and extremely complicating if you didn't have a very firm grasp on all of the films. This time around I think they became somewhat aware of the fan out cry and played everything out with a more logical scheme and made it a lot more easier to follow.
The story is really hard to go into detail without ruining some aspect of the plot but basically this one is all about FBI Agent Hoffman. After the house is cleaned out someone manages to survive one of the traps so he must go back and figure out a way to tie up all the loose ends. Like I said above if you were put off by the last film for being to confusing then this one should be much easier for you to follow along with.
Even though the story is easy to follow along it has to be interesting. Now I think this film really goes back more to the first film and explains how the traps were carried out. Despite the fact that I think this film is in on par with the first film I think it also is just more of the same. The traps after awhile just become more weapons of destruction and aren't as interesting as they once were. The film is not really horror anymore. Yes the blood does flow and there is plenty of gore but over time these films have just made that mandatory canceling out the horror of it all. In a way the audience is almost like Jigsaw. We have seen it all so much that it no longer affects us.
Besides some of the main characters this film really lacks any real people to root for. Well not even the main characters are really likeable. What else seems to detract from the film is that it has become quite evident that it wasn't the intention of these films to go on like this for so long from the beginning. But I do have to give the scribes a lot of credit here for being able to stitch them together the way they have. It is almost flawless. Almost.
I felt like I was watching more of the same the whole time. While it is much better than 3 and 4 it still comes across as just another entry. These films have almost devolved into a police procedural drama TV series. If you try and hop on in the middle you will be missing out on a lot of the story. That is the main reason these films will not stand up to the test of time. With another film still to come who is seriously going to sit down and watch all six in the future? Not me. Especially not with 3 and 4.
Overall however I think if you are already a fan of the Saw franchise you will like this entry. Though the gore is significantly cut back probably because Darren Lynn Bousman is no longer behind the camera. So don't expect as much splatter. A solid entry into the Saw franchise but if you are not familiar with the franchise.. don't even attempt to catch this one. I highly recommend however doing a marathon run of the first four films to catch yourself up. I would say to people who are wary of the film to just wait for DVD. With the economy the way it is you can spend your hard earned money on something much better than this.