Saw VI Review

Saw VI
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

by Kim Newman |
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Release Date:

23 Oct 2009

Running Time:

90 minutes



Original Title:

Saw VI

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.
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