Time Out says
For completists, there are two minor innovations. Given Obama's recent proclamations on health insurance, the plot is right on message with a theme about cynical health insurance employees who find loopholes in their sick clients' legitimate claims. Also there is more emphasis this time on cruel games that pit the victims against one another, forcing them to make real, rather than administrative, life-or-death decisions about the fate of their fellow captives. Otherwise, as the exploitative tabloid journalist pithily puts it, it's just the usual Conundrum of Carnage. For the record, this instalment's ingenious games of death include one that demands a literal 'pound of flesh', a booby-trapped maze rigged with scalding jets of steam, and a boring carousel of death.
The real-time unfolding of events generates no suspense whatever, while the rushed ending is both predictable and disappointing. But it's the care-worn Hoffman who sums up the tedium best, when he asks Jigsaw, during one of the myriad flashbacks: 'How many next times are there going to be?'
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