Saw 6 (2009) Review

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Saw 6 (2009) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on November 24th, 2020 | Movie Review | Survival, Police, Gore, Torture, Survival Game, Saw Series

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It's about another Jigsaw victim working his way through more traps to learn more lessons.

Saw 6 was directed by Kevin Greutert (who also directed JackalsVisions and Jessabelle) and stars Tobin Bell (from Jigsaw,Finders Keepers and Dark House), Costas Mandylor (from The Horde,The Blackout and 2 Bedroom 1 Bath) and Betsy Russell (from Saw: The Final Chapter, Chain Letter and Mandrake).

The game has come full circle

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Saw 6 opens up with a couple of poor bastards locked up in cages with traps clamped around their heads. They each have 60 seconds to cut off as much of their own flesh as possible. The one who comes up short gets a couple of bolts drilled deep into their skull. The other gets to walk out a couple pounds of flesh lighter. 

This movie, just like all the others, is mostly about an investigation to figure out who's helping Jigsaw. The cops know it's an inside job, they just don't know who it is. And Jigsaw's crew is of course always one step ahead.

Saw 6 traps quite a few people, more than the others up to this point. A couple of guys maybe deserve it if you subscribe to Jigsaw's strict and idealistic "moral" code, but the rest are basically just innocent victims. The movie paints some to be unlikable, but that doesn't really warrant Jigsaw's trumped-up charges.

Saw 6 is pretty much Saw 4 in the way the traps are set up and how the primary victim has to decide whether or not other victims live or die. There's also a lot of flashbacks to Saw 4 which makes it almost feel like a redundant sequel.

Here's the victim breakdown of Saw 6: There's a guy who gets his skull drilled, a guy who gets shot, a guy who gets crushed, a guy who gets hung with barbed wire, a woman who gets steamed and stabbed, four more people who get shot, a guy who gets his neck slashed, another woman who gets shot, a girl who gets shanked, a guy who takes an acid injection and a cop who gets burned with some damn hot coffee.

So here's the thing about the Saw movies. Each one builds upon the previous. Saw 2 weaves into the storyline of Saw 1, Saw 3 weaves into Saw 2, 4 into 3, etc. The only way to do this effectively is through flashbacks, so that we're all up to speed on the details. This worked well up until now. Saw 6 needs so many flashbacks to weave into all the previous Saw's that the movie itself becomes mostly just flashbacks. Saw 6 feels like it has maybe 30 minutes of original content.

Worth Watching?

Just like Saw 5, you really only need to watch this if you're watching through the franchise. And even then, it's so recycled that you wouldn't really miss anything if you skip it.

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