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Following Jigsaw's grisly demise, Mark Hoffman is commended as a hero, but Agent Strahm is suspicious, and delves into Hoffman's past. Meanwhile, another group of strangers are put through a series of gruesome tests.



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Jigsaw and his young apprentice, Amanda, are dead. But the grisly games continue. Five supposed strangers find themselves in the midst of a game, and believe they are in a survival of the fittest competition. Via his now infamous video linked puppet, Jigsaw conveys the message that they should ignore their instincts. Meanwhile, agent Peter Strahm wants to prove that Mark Hoffman is an apprentice to Jigsaw, and pursues him as he continues his twisted games. What Strahm does not realize is that Hoffman is testing him, and must pass his test in order to stay alive. Written by Rebekah Swain

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jigsaw Puzzle 5: 5 Blood  »

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Box Office


$10,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,053,954 (USA) (24 October 2008)


$56,729,973 (USA) (5 December 2008)

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| (unrated director's cut)

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| | | (Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 11 mins) The scene where Hoffman leaves the Gideon plant with Corbett and says "nobody made it" was filmed for, and edited out of, Saw IV (2007). Behind-the-scenes footage of this scene appears in Darren's Video Diary on the DVD and Blu-ray of Saw IV. See more »


(at around 41 mins) When Jigsaw is talking to a tied up Hoffman, the doors in the background of Jigsaw's lair open and close between shots. See more »


Jigsaw: If you're good at anticipating the human mind, it leaves nothing to chance.
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Death and Destruction
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Remixed by Clayton Worbeck
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User Reviews

A stumble, but still on mission.
23 October 2008 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I watched Saw V with a good opening night crowd here in Sydney. I've enjoyed all of the Saw films, predictably liking some episodes a lot more than others, and Saw V is, again, very watchable, with some intense moments and no shortage of grisliness. But I'd still say it's the weakest entry in the series to date. The trouble is that the main narrative addition for this episode, which has to sustain half the running time, turns out to be a dramatically weak one. I don't think a Saw film ever previously failed to create excitement or new meaning via one of its big twisty revelations, but Saw V's add next to nothing. The knowledge gained doesn't force any re-evaluation of the past events it concerns; you just see and know a bit more about them, and to no great effect, except for the fact that Tobin Bell's performance is always compelling, maybe even more so when he's talking to people who aren't stuck in Jigsaw's deathtraps.

The Saw films have demonstrated an unfeasibly high success rate over time in terms of pulling off twist after twist and having them nearly all hit home. With this track record, it seems inevitable that there'd be a significant stumble at some point. They've never been bulletproof films (and thrillers are the genre that are hardest to bulletproof), but I'd say Saw V is definitely the stumble. In spite of this, it still keeps in enough with the series in general for me to be ready for Saw VI in 2009 - which I hope will be better work.

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