Saw VI Review

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Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) continues the work of dead mastermind John Kramer, aka Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), though the FBI are close to catching him. William Easton (Peter Outerbridge), a callous insurance company official who rejected Kramer’s healt


After several wheel-spinning exercises, the Saw franchise gets back on track with this solid entry. It still stuck with dangling threads (what’s in the box Jigsaw willed to his ex-wife?) from several films, but the gameshow-of-death formula is refreshed by an interest in a contemporary issue.

This time, Jigsaw turns his attention to the US healthcare debate and forces a corporate creep to test his ruthless formula about the monetary worth of human life as he suffers ordeals with the lives of his co-workers and family at stake. It has a couple of decent twists, and trumps the lacklustre kill-traps of the last few sequels with some of the old ingenuity: especially impressive are a wire-mesh maze with scalding steam jets and an elimination game involving office drones and a shotgun-roundabout of doom.

Not a place for newcomers to start and Mandylor isn’t as charismatic a Jigsaw presence as Bell (seen only in flashbacks), but VI gets back to Saw basics in gripping, gruesome manner. Next up, Saw VII in 3-D.