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Saw V is a 2008 horror film directed by David Hackl (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. It is the fifth installment in the Saw film series. The film stars Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Julie Benz, Carlo Rota, and Meagan Good. The plot follows FBI Agent Peter Strahm, who pursues Detective Mark Hoffman after discovering his identity as one of the Jigsaw Killer's apprentices and successor, while Hoffman begins designing his own Jigsaw "games" to test people and tries to frame Strahm to keep his identity secret. The film also explores Hoffman's backstory and explains how he became Jigsaw's apprentice, while continuing several story lines started in Saw IV.

Plot

Convicted murderer Seth Baxter wakes up chained to a table beneath a pendulum blade. A videotape informs him that he can release himself by crushing his hands between two presses. He does so, but the blade still swings down and bisects him as someone watches through a hole in the wall. In the present, after being locked in the sickroom at the meatpacking plant by Detective Mark Hoffman, FBI Agent Peter Strahm escapes through a hidden doorway but is attacked in the tunnel by a figure in a pig mask. He wakes up with his head sealed in a box being filled with water but survives by performing a tracheotomy with his pen. Outside, Hoffman delivers Corbett Denlon to the police and claims they are the only survivors but is shocked when Strahm is brought out alive as well.