Director – Kevin Greutert
Cast – Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Shawnee Smith, Peter Outerbridge, Athena Karkanis, Samantha Lemole, Tanedra Howard
Release Year – 2009
Reviewed by John of the Dead
After the first four very positive installments to this franchise, Saw V gave us something we had yet to see in this franchise. What was it you may ask? One word: disappointment. So naturally when I first heard that Saw VI was greenlit, I had low expectations. When the film debuted it got some positive buzz around the horror community, and after viewing this film for myself I can see why. Saw VI redeems the franchise by throwing in a really interesting story full of twists and moral revelations sure to please it’s fans.
This film takes place right from the conclusion of Saw V. Agent Strahm is dead and it seems Detective Hoffman is out in the clear and ready to fully take on his successor role to Jigsaw’s legacy. However when a major plot twist from Saw V is revealed, the FBI gets the upper hand in it’s battle with Jigsaw’s successor, Hoffman, who just so happens to be working with them. With the FBI closing in on figuring out his true identity, Hoffman must sets off a series of traps to complete his legacy, and it is only then when he comes face to face with Jigsaw’s master plan.
Personally, I’m glad this film redeemed the franchise. I honestly believe that Saw III should have been the last installment, but Saw IV was great, and I thought to myself “at least they are still fun to watch, and it’s fun to see how they continue the story”. Due to Saw being what I consider to be one of the best horror films this decade, I really did not want this franchise to potentially end on a bad note, and Saw VI took care of that. Yes, Saw VII is already in the works, but if for whatever reason it were to never finish production, at least this film is sufficient as the franchise’s last bow.
For one, this film’s writing was pretty well done. I liked the moral message this film sends about the insurance/health care industry, and how cruel these people can be. This was really by no means a political message, just a way of making a point and putting those who decide who lives and who dies into the same situation as their clients. Awesome. There were a lot of characters in this film, and a lot of different unique traps as well. I’m glad these filmmakers have not gotten lazy with the traps, and constantly give us ones we never would think of. The film’s climax is also a great one, and one filled with multiple twists and turns. These guys never let up when it comes to the climax, and I like that.
First time director Kevin Greutert did a fine job with this film, and I am honestly not very surprised. Mr. Greutert was the editor for the first five installments to the Saw franchise, so naturally his guy has a knack for the series. The pacing was very well done, and the film keeps you intrigued throughout it’s entirety. He also didn’t skimp out on the gore either. As we all know, gore is a necessity in these films in order to move the viewer and put you into the character’s shoes, and I really was surprised this film got away with the amount of gore it showed(for an R-rating).
Overall, this is a positive watch that I recommend fans of the franchise give a watch to. This flick redeems what was lost in Saw V, and does so with great moral commentary and lots of spilled blood.