Whether you credit the tight-knit, unchanging crew or the writers for their diabolically, intricately woven continuity and mythology, Parts I to VI (fuck VII) end up feeling more like one big movie than a series of disparate installments; especially if you marathon them every Halloween. This is the USP of "Saw," and it enables an exposition-heavy effort like "V" to feel as perfunctory as it does necessary.
Why do these movies have Roman numerals instead of numbers on them? On second thought, it fits, the Romans declined into decadence and perfidy, and America is doing the same...(and the rest of the world follows, America being the world leader, ((for awhile more, anyway))... UNWATCHED
The absolute nadir of the "Saw" franchise. It's painfully obvious that this is just weak connective tissue between the major storyline that ended with "Saw IV" and whatever was coming next with "Saw VI" onward. Utterly pointless, with only two moments that have any impact on the following films, this should have been a 15-minute short, or the first 15 minutes of a more interesting film.
Nothing new at this point. You want to throw the script writers into one of their own death traps and as a viewer you feel just as dirty seeing this as after seeing news reports about starving children in Africa before you start to eat your burger on the dinner table just seconds afterwards. Only fans of bloodletting and sweet screams of dying victims can ever put this one high on their list.
There are 3 narratives going at once, a backstory, a gauntlet with new victims, and Hoffman's manouvering of things. In previous SAW movies, and what has made the franchise successful i think is its connectivity. Unfortunately with this film and SAW 3D there is none, the gauntlet people are unrelated to the larger overarcing plot (unless u listen to the commentary). Worth seeing to get to SAW 6 though.