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Saw VI (2009)
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".....at 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.