Saw V is the latest chapter of its blood-soaked legacy, and, truth be told, I never thought the series would make it this far. As much as I admire the first film, I knew its bag of diabolical tricks would come up short with each successive sequel, a tradition this latest picture continues to uphold. Granted, Saw V makes a valiant attempt to stray from the convoluted timeline-fiddling its brothers engaged in, opting rather to go for straight-out shocks. But in the end, it emerges as merely a passable horror movie, freaky enough to get by but a far cry from the jaw-dropping start of the series.
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