Saw VI is another good old fashion Saw fun!
Screw whatever you heard about the other timely movie event of last year, Saw VI is absolutely the more timelier of the two and also much MUCH more rewarding, and it does not suck!
As you know I am a fan of the Saw series. Though after sitting through Saw IV in theaters I had almost given up on them and waited till DVD for these next two, both times being mad that I did not go out and see them in theaters. Saw 5 restored my faith in this series after a disappointing 3 and 4. Now, Saw 6 continues with adding another fun and exciting entry into the Saw series.
This Saw is not going to turn fans out of haters or anything magical, it won’t even go down as the best horror movie of last year its just a solid entry in an interesting series and for the sixth installment what more can you ask for? Sure at this point the whole SAW concept is getting a little stale and the plot by now is convoluted to the point of nonsense, but this one manages to keep the movie simple for the casual Saw fans such as myself. Do not see this movie by yourself if you haven’t seen all the other Saw movies see it with a buddy who has and you can ask questions to during the movie.
While the basic movie will not be totally lost on you if you have not seen all the Saw movies, the whole back story between Jigsaw/Mark Hoffman/Amanda Young/Jig Saw’s wife will probably be lost on you.
The closest Saw I can compare this to is Saw III, but its Saw III done correctly. While Saw III is probably the only real torture movie of the series and may be the worst (if Saw IV had not just been so ludicrous story wise and lame kill trap wise) Saw 3 suffered because the movie was 75% flash black of Saw 1-2 and 25% actual new movie. With this movie the flash back scenes only make up probably 25% and they aren’t just repeated scenes they show you a lot of in between things fleshing out the relationship between Tobin Bell, his disciples and wife.
As for the timeliness of this as mentioned earlier, the main guy going through the game this time is some high ranking medical insurance bureaucrat. A guy who has a group of ruthless young executives who’s soul job it is to find mistakes in policies just to cancel peoples insurance. Leave it to the Saw franchise to tackle the whole issue of high earning health insurance executives and give them their just do.
The movie starts out sort of like a Bond film in that they have a trap that is unrelated to the rest of the movie. Its two people (housing loan lenders! again TIMELY!) who are pitted against each other to see who can cut off the most flesh before time runs out. This is by far the grizzliest of the scenario’s and starts the movie out with a bang but is never brought up again (probably part of Saw 9’s story). The rest of the kills will suffice for gore hounds and not make you turn your head in disgust for you more uptight sorts, they get the job done. These are probably the most ridiculous in terms of set up (technically speaking) but it is Saw we learned to stop asking that question a long time ago.
From what I’ve heard about Saw VII (in 3-D!!) is that they are going to make it feel like YOU are in the trap. So I think after the better then average Saw V and Saw VI I will make my triumphant return to theaters for Saw VII.
For Saw fans
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