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Saw VI (2009)

Updated on October 13, 2011

Blood And Gore Doesn't Always Make A Film Scary

In this latest chapter of the "Saw" franchise, Jigsaw/John (Tobin Bell) decides to target a would be CEO Executive, William Easton (Peter Outerbridge), of a major insurance company, while revealing Jigsaw's grand scheme. Forcing William to face various obstacles that force him to make many harsh choices, by introducing moral paradoxes that would baffle anyone in the face of danger.

Now before I get into my own take on this movie, I would like to point out that I've never seen any of the previous "Saw" films. Not because I'm terrified of horror films or anything, but it's mostly due to the fact that most slasher/horror films are cliched as hell. You always have a bunch of would be morons who instead of running away and seeking out the police; they valiantly and foolishly try to investigate the scene. However, from researching what the previous films were about, by reading about it online, this series does try to be somewhat original by forcing the main protagonists to choose between their own lives or the life of someone else. Or introduce scenes, where the main character will often have to weigh the value of one person's life versus another. Indeed, it's not an easy decision to make.

However, from my research, this whole paradox thing where Jigsaw forces his victims to make the would be choices themselves, to either save their own skin, by mutilating themselves in the process, does seem like an original concept to be honest. In fact, it's almost reminiscent to how Heath Ledger portrayed the Joker, in "The Dark Knight", where sure he could have killed his own victims, but he'd rather tempt others to do it. Making the character a bit demonic in a way. Like I said, it's an intriguing concept, but "Saw VI" fails on the execution of it.

For one, I don't know how most people feel about their horror movies, but I always found they tend to work a lot better when you don't know what's coming or who the killer is. Call me old fashion, but I prefer the mystery. Plus, the whole Jigsaw wanting revenge against William, for denying his insurance claim, seems to take away from the movie more so than it adds to it. Don't get me wrong, I understand they were merely trying to establish a motive for the killer, but all it really did was humanize him; while ripping off other films that have been derived off the whole revenge concept. Seriously, at least in "The Dark Knight", Nolan made it to where Joker's motives were mysterious, which allowed for him to grow into a truly demonic figure, in the eyes of the audience.....and that wasn't even a horror film either. It's sad that a super hero film portrays the whole moral paradox concept far better than a horror movie, as most people would figure it would be the other way around. Not dissing the super hero genre of films but since most horror movies are rated R like "Saw VI", then one would think that would give the movie more leverage to pull off something more sadistic and sinister. Yet this film never does, as the film's underlining themes come off as laughable and predictable.

Then there's the irrelevant return of Agent Lindsey Perez (Athena Karkanis), whom was allegedly killed off in "Saw V" least so many thought. No, she returns in this movie, as it was revealed to be some cover up to protect her, until the police could figure out Jigsaw's identity. Which is fine...if she played a key role in this new chapter. Sadly, she doesn't. In fact, she's hardly in the movie; except to get killed again around the ending. Although I never saw the crucial role she played in the previous chapters, I do think it comes off rather stupid and pointless for them to bring her back from the dead if she's not going to play a significant role. It was almost like the writers couldn't figure out who should die in this movie, so they decided to bring her back, just to have her get killed. Which would've been fine if they would've had her play a big role in this movie.

Like I said, it had a great concept to work with. Unfortunately, the film falls tragically short on execution. Making the whole moral paradox sequences somewhat laughable, throughout the movie. Plus, having the killer's motives and identity clear, takes away most of the shock value and mystique about it. Hence, making it less scary, as all it does is humanize the killer. Overall, "Saw VI" is about as scary as being in a commercialized haunted house (one of the fake ones you pay to get into, not real ones). Sure, it may seem scary at first but once you get past all the glitter, you realize it's just another rip off of something that's being over done to death. Which is sadly what happens to this movie.


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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      wow, somebody is a huge saw fan.

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      8 years ago


    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Beth, I appreciate that. To be honest, I wasn't originally planning on seeing it. However, since one of my fans requested it, I took it upon myself to watch it. lol. Besides, you know me, i have to take every request seriously. Kind of like how you requested me to watch sherlock holmes. anyway, thanks for reading though. :)

    • Beth100 profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      I saw the first movie, and I didn't like. I can't believe this series is still around. I guess it caters to the sadistic nature of humans.... that's sad. However, on the light side, great review! And applause to you for sitting through it. :)

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      That's cool. Well to each their own is what I always say. Anyway, thanks anyway for stopping by. :)

    • Misterlak profile image


      8 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your review but iactually liked the movie :-)

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      Your welcome. Yeah, it's kind of a shame. I'll definitely have to check out the previous chapters then. I'm glad you liked the review.

    • Has_aWayWithWords profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this review steven. I think you did great with this one and I agree with you. I loved the first Saw and even the next few but this and the last have gotten to the point of just blood and no real suspense or true horror

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      Thanks paradise for the compliment. Yeah, I do agree with you that whole concept of choosing between your own life and someone else's; does seem rather evil. I just wish they had executed it better, as it seemed like a intriguing concept to build a movie off of.

    • Paradise7 profile image


      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      That concept seems especially evil to me, to force a person to chose between their own lives and someone else's. Very suitable for a horror film, I'm glad it isn't real life.

      I'm not into scary movies very much, just because they DO scare the pants off me, even the bad ones. I'm very sensitive to violence, even fake violence. So, I probably won't go see this film, though you really do write a good review.

      I DID like Heath Ledger, very much, as the Joker in the Dark Knight. He really nailed that part. I agree.


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